Credit points: 15

Subject outline

How are gender identities in their diversity formed, represented and lived in our private, professional and public interactions? Exploring debates about how we see, are seen, or not seen as men and women, we analyse the places, authorities and knowledges linking sex/gender relations to power and social justice. We observe sex/gender in the context of media, family, relationships, work, violence, sport and the sex industry. We ask how our rights, responsibilities and roles in society are gendered, sexualised and racialized to the extent that they influence changing patterns of living together more justly and freely. Materials include readings, media images, legal and policy documents, film clips and documentaries. We address the Global Citizenship essential, entailing a deep appreciation of living in an interconnected world; we recognise the global context in which concepts act across cultures and boundaries encountered when working with diverse communities - now and in the future.

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 ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesWeekly tutorial exercises in problem solving, speaking in small groups and in front of class. Compare different positions articulated in weekly readings and lectures through tutorial activities. Compare and evaluate different positions on issue through research essay

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



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

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Apply key concepts to issues and situations where sex/gender poses problems
02. Distinguish between average trends and individual differences
03. Cultural awareness
04. Evaluate and critically discuss conventional ideas about sex/gender relations through written argument
05. Evaluate diverse positions/arguments regarding relevant topic in GSDS
06. Identify primary source for analysis
07. Introduce team work
08. Produce original research to relevant topic
09. Summarise research and arguments on relevant topic in GSDS
10. Identify and quantify demographics of sex/gender identities in their diversity

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorCarolyn D'Cruz

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 1.5-hour examination (equivalent to 1500 words)

N/AOther written examIndividualNo35 SILO1, SILO10, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO8, SILO9

One 600-word assignment

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5, SILO9

Tutorial exercises (400-words equivalent)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6, SILO8