DEBATING DIFFERENCE: TROUBLING IDENTITY CATEGORIES

GSD2DED

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Drawing on perspectives of key thinkers, we explore interpretations of how we #do# and make# our identities in specific cultural and historical contexts. We hone skills in research, theory and policy analysis as we explore debates in popular culture, social movements, and institutions. Topics may include: power and representation; race and sexuality online; masculinities; body alteration; inequality and violence; reproduction; marginality and citizenship; and responses to discrimination, harassment and equity. The unit's blend of theory and policy analysis promotes social change, equity and justice in a range of professional and institutional spaces. The course presumes that to foster better social relations now and build a more just future, we need better connections between public debates, policy and advocacy analysis, as well as critical thinking. A sustainable society would not be possible without flexible and adaptable thinking. This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. This entails deep appreciation of how choices we make affects the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems # now and in the future.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorYassir Morsi

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesTutorial discussions, blog, annotated bibliography, research essay.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Completion of 1st year

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsGSD2GES

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Introducing Gender and Women's Studies

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorVictoria Robinson and Diane Richardson

Year2015

Edition/Volume4th ed

PublisherPalgrave, Macmillan

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Whitening Race: Essays in Social and Cultural Criticism

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorAileen Moreton- Robinson

Year2004

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherAboriginal Studies Press

ISBNN/A

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Chapter/issueN/A

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The Body Reader

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorLisa Jean Moore and Mary Kosut

Year2010

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherNew York University Press

ISBNN/A

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Chapter/issueN/A

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Masculinity Studies Reader

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorDavid Savran and Rachel Adams

Year2002

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherBlackwell

ISBNN/A

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Chapter/issueN/A

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The Transgender Studies Reader

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorSusan Stryker and Stephen Whittle

Year2006

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherRoutledge

ISBNN/A

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The Routledge Queer Studies Reader

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorDonal Hall and Anne- Marie Jargose

Year2013

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherRoutledge

ISBNN/A

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Confronting Equality: Gender, Knowledge and Global Change

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorRaewyn Connell

Year2013

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherWiley

ISBNN/A

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Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

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The Disability Studies Reader

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorLennard Davis

Year2013

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherTaylor and Francis

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

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 interdisciplinary GSDS concepts to understanding issues and debates regarding gender and sexuality.
02. Produce a sustained, complex written argument about gender and sexuality theories.
03. Review gender sexuality and diversity studies theories and concepts in different historical and cultural contexts.
04. Synthesise research and arguments about gender, sexuality and diversity.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorYassir Morsi

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 h lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.

TutorialWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% 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.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4

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.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2

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.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4