DEBATING DIFFERENCE: TROUBLING IDENTITY CATEGORIES

GSD2DED

2020

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affects the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems — now and in the future.

Subject outline

Drawing onperspectives of key thinkers, we explore interpretations of how we #do# and#make# our identities in specific cultural and historical contexts. We honeskills in research, theory and policy analysis as we explore debates in popularculture, social movements, and institutions. Topics may include: power and representation;race and sexuality online; masculinities; body alteration; inequality andviolence; reproduction; marginality and citizenship; and responses todiscrimination, harassment and equity.

The unit#s blend of theory andpolicy analysis promotes social change, equity and justice in a range ofprofessional and institutional spaces. The course presumes that to fosterbetter social relations now and build a more just future, we need betterconnections between public debates, policy and advocacy analysis, as well ascritical thinking. A sustainable society would not be possible without flexibleand adaptable thinking.

This subjectaddresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. This entails deepappreciation of how choices we make affects the natural, economic, social,political and cultural systems # now and in the future.


SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorYassir Morsi

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Completion of 1st year

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects GSD2GES

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsIntroducing Gender and Women's Studies 4th ed.RecommendedVictoria Robinson and Diane Richardson (Eds), 2015Palgrave, Macmillan
ReadingsThe Routledge Queer Studies ReaderRecommendedDonal Hall and Anne- Marie Jargose (Eds), 2013Routledge
ReadingsWhitening Race: Essays in Social and Cultural CriticismRecommendedAileen Moreton- Robinson (Ed), 2004Aboriginal Studies Press
ReadingsConfronting Equality: Gender, Knowledge and Global ChangeRecommendedRaewyn Connell, 2013Wiley
ReadingsThe Transgender Studies ReaderRecommendedSusan Stryker and Stephen Whittle , 2006Routledge
ReadingsThe Body ReaderRecommendedLisa Jean Moore and Mary Kosut (Eds), 2010New York University Press
ReadingsThe Disability Studies ReaderRecommendedLennard Davis (Ed), 2013Taylor and Francis
ReadingsMasculinity Studies ReaderRecommendedDavid Savran and Rachel Adams (Eds), 2002Blackwell

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply interdisciplinary GSDS concepts to understanding issues and debates regarding gender and sexuality.

Activities:
Tutorial discussions, blog, annotated bibliography, research essay.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Produce a sustained, complex written argument about gender and sexuality theories.

Activities:
Annotated bibliography and essay plan, research essay.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Review gender sexuality and diversity studies theories and concepts in different historical and cultural contexts.

Activities:
Lectures, tutorial discussions, blog, research essay.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Synthesise research and arguments about gender, sexuality and diversity.

Activities:
Blog, research essay.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorYassir Morsi

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

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

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Blogs to general forum, 1,500 words.Students will write and post a blog entry to the LMS forum once a fortnight over the semester, related to a contemporary debate revolving around gender, sexuality or diversity.30 01, 03, 04
Annotated bibliography and essay plan (800 word equivalent)Students will develop and write an annotated bibliography and essay plan in response to one of four questions relating to legislating families, bodily constructions, sexuality, or sites of regulating gender and sexuality.20 01, 02
Research essay, 2000 words.Students will use their essay plan and annotated bibliography to produce a robust evidence-based argument in relation to their chosen essay question.50 01, 02, 03, 04