HUMN 2040 Politics of Sex and Gender

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 100882

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Description This subject provides an introduction to the study of the contemporary politics of sex and gender. Students study key concepts and learn to apply these concepts in the analysis of current issues. Concepts covered include the meanings of sex, gender and sexuality; biology and social constructionism; gendered bodies; doing gender; equality and difference. The concept of intersectionality - how gender intersects in complex relationships of power with other differences such as ethnicity, sexuality, dis/ability and class - is central to this area of study. The subject explores the meaning and potential for social change for a more equitable society and the obstacles to that. Strategies examined range from the use of targets and quotas, to social and cultural activism. Students have the opportunity to explore areas of personal and scholarly interest.

School Humanities & Comm Arts

Discipline Gender Specific Studies

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 2 subject

Equivalent Subjects LGYB 0160 - Sex Gender and Social Relations


Successful completion of 40 credit points of study in currently enrolled program.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Explain and apply key concepts used to analyse the politics of sex and gender
  2. Undertake independent research on the politics of sex and gender
  3. Assess the quality and relevance of academic research on a specific topic in this area of study
  4. Effectively communicate the results of research in written formats

Subject Content

The meanings of sex, gender and sexualities
Biology and social constructionism
Gender and representation
Doing gender
Equality and difference
Intersectionality: living and researching multiple differences
Gender and politics: equality and representation
Equity and diversity: quotas, targets and other institutional strategies
Social and cultural activism and the politics of sex and gender


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Concepts Portfolio 1,000 words 30 N Individual
Op Ed Piece - Opinion Piece 800 words 30 N Individual
Essay 2,000 words 40 N Individual

Teaching Periods

Autumn (2024)

Parramatta - Victoria Rd


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