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Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This seminar orients Gender Sexuality and Diversity Studies students into further research by engaging with key interdisciplinary debates and texts in this field. Students will learn how feminist, anti-racist/postcolonial theory and queer theory developed their critique of knowledge and research practices in the Humanities, Social and Physical Sciences. Maintaining a focus on social justice and political transformation, students are exposed to how methodological questions and theoretical debates change with time and context. Students will develop sensitivity to how various disciplines connect and diverge with one another as they negotiate questions of subjectivity, power and knowledge. Academics from across the Faculty, will lead seminars on the processes and approaches to further research on specific topics. Finally, students will learn to hone their skills in thinking, writing and inquiry as they use course material to develop and enhance their own research question.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorCarolyn D'Cruz

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in AHA - Bachelor of Arts with Honours, majoring in Gender, Sexuality and Diversity Studies, or coordinator's approval.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Capacity to write a research proposal and appreciate the ethics of social research

Ongoing discussion and workshopping of research proposals and ethics in social research throughout the semester seminars
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness(Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)

02. High level engagement with interdisciplinary theory relating to Gender Sexuality and Diversity issues and questions

Readings, seminar discussions, and the two assignments
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness(Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorCarolyn D'Cruz

Class requirements

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
On-line Blogs (2000 word equivalent)2502
One 2000-word Thesis Outline2501, 02
one 1500-word Critical Evaluation2001, 02
one 2,500-word essay3001, 02