HUMN 2040 Politics of Sex and Gender
Credit Points 10
Legacy Code 100882
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Description This unit 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 unit 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
Restrictions Successful completion of 40 credit points of study in currently enrolled program.
- Explain and apply key concepts used to analyse the politics of sex and gender
- Undertake independent research on the politics of sex and gender
- Assess the quality and relevance of academic research on a specific topic in this area of study
- Effectively communicate the results of research in written formats
Biology and social constructionism
Gender and representation
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.
|Concepts Portfolio||1,000 words||30||N||Individual|
|Op Ed Piece - Opinion Piece||800 words||30||N||Individual|