Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject builds upon and extends concepts relating to gender and sexuality established at the first year level. Drawing on the perspectives of key thinkers, we explore interpretations of how we 'do' and 'make' gender relations and sexualities in specific cultural and historical contexts. The subject aims to develop not only students' understanding of theoretical debates, but to encourage them to apply research and policy analysis skills to popular culture and to social and political movements and institutions. Specific issues discussed vary and may include contemporary debates on: 'raunch' culture and media representations; sexuality online; masculinities and men's movements; cosmetic and body alteration; legal inequalities and violence; reproduction; sexual citizenship; and struggles over discrimination, harassment and wage equity in the workforce.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorCarolyn D'Cruz

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites GSD1SGI or GSD1SGD for students undertaking a GSDS minor; or 15 credit points of any first year sociology subject and 15 credit points of any Humanities and Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval.


Incompatible subjects GSD2GES, SOC2GES, SOC3GES

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorCarolyn D'Cruz

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
Weekly on-line discussion blog via LMS totalling 1,500 words40
one 2,500-word essay60