SEX, GENDER AND DIVERSITY

GSD2SGD

2016

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This interdisciplinary subject allows us to understand ourselves and our relations to others better. It examines how identities are never simply one thing or another - or instance, being a woman or a man - but are always situated in relation to other differences, such as race, class or sexuality. Beginning with ways different identities are shaped within an Australian context, the subject asks how individuals develop diverse forms of belonging within systems of social power and knowledge. We question taken for granted assumptions about identity formation and analyse various forms of representing and understanding identities in their diversity through Aboriginal studies, philosophy, media studies, sociology, literature, law and history. Materials for study include film, youtube clips, historical texts, personal stories, statistics, and advertisements. Our aim is to explore the possibilities for promoting social transformation, equity and social justice.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorCarolyn D'Cruz

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject at first-year level for the Gender, Sexuality and Diversity Major/Minor in the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply key concepts to issues and public debates on GSDS topics

Activities:
Textual comparison in first written assignment, which all revolve around specific key concept. Discuss different types of texts in tutorials
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

02. Cultural awareness

Activities:
All content evaluates relations between self and others with regard to power, equality and justice
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)

03. Evaluate diverse positions/arguments surrounding GSDS topic.

Activities:
Text comparison for first assignment , weekly readings and research essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

04. Introduce team work

Activities:
Small group exercises in tutorials
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Speaking (Speaking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

05. Present brief argument on GSDS topic

Activities:
Tutorial responses to questions
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

06. Present sustained written argument in GSDS

Activities:
Write research essay and answer exam questions
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

07. Produce original research relevant to topic

Activities:
Apply knowledge of GSDS perspectives to debate, policy, theory and practice regarding inequality and difference
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

08. Summarise research, and arguments on relevant topic in GSDS

Activities:
Summarise arguments in readings of various perspectives, provide outline on references used in research essay, synthesise arguments into essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorCarolyn D'Cruz

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 1.5-hour examination (equivalent to 1500 words)35 01, 02, 03, 04, 06, 07, 08
one 1600-word staged research essay40 01, 02, 03, 04, 06, 07, 08
one 600-word assignment15 01, 02, 03, 06, 08
tutorial exercises (400-words equivalent)10 02, 04, 05