Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This interdisciplinary subject enables better understanding of ourselves and of our relations to others. We examine how gender is not simply one thing; it is always situated in relation to other differences, such as race, class, sexuality or disability. Beginning with ways sex and race interact in Australia, the subject asks how people develop diverse forms of belonging within systems of social power and knowledge. We question taken for granted assumptions about identity formation so that differences can be better negotiated in professional and institutional contexts. Materials include readings, film clips, historical texts, personal stories, statistics, and advertisements. The subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential, entailing a deep appreciation of how choices we make affect the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems in which sex, gender and diversity becomes significant now and in the future. In doing so, we aim to promote social justice.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorCarolyn D'Cruz

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Apply key concepts to issues and public debates on GSDS topics
02. Develop Cultural awareness and sensitivity
03. Evaluate diverse positions/arguments surrounding GSDS topic.
04. Introduce and develop team work skills
05. Present sustained written argument in GSDS

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2020, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorCarolyn D'Cruz

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.00 h lecture other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.00 h tutorial other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
Examination (1200 words equivalent) Exam is 1.5 hours in durationN/AN/AN/ANo35 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO6
Research Essay (1600 words) This is a staged assessmentN/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO6
Tutorial Writing Assessments (1000 words equivalent) This assessment involves in-class exercises (400 words equivalent) and a written assessment (600 words equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO6