HUMN 3098 Genders and sexualities: beyond the binary

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 102733

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Description This unit encourages students to critically reflect on how their own identities and experiences of genders and sexualities are shaped by broader social practices that define what is natural and what is normal. The unit focuses on two substantive topics: the body and institutions. Bodies are usually understood through biological explanations of gender and sexuality. However, this unit will consider how the body is shaped by the social discourses and practices through which genders and sexualities are produced. The unit investigates how age, race, class and ability are coded differently in terms of gender and sexuality. Institutions - families, schools, workplaces and religions - will be studied as sites where genders and sexualities may be observed but also produced and negotiated.

School Social Sciences

Discipline Gender Specific Studies

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Restrictions Successful completion of 80 credit points.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Analyse gender and sexuality in historical, political and social context.
  2. Apply a critical understanding of social theories to gender and sexuality.
  3. Demonstrate capacity to apply theories of gender and sexuality to personal experiences.
  4. Assess institutional discourses of gender and sexuality.

Subject Content

Introduction: Gender, sexuality, identity and intersectionality
Theoretical perspectives on gender and sexuality; relationship between gender and sexuality
Gender, sexuality & power: Discourse, knowledge & subjectivity
Gender and sexuality across the lifespan
Gender, sexuality and the body
Gender, sexuality and violence
Gender, sexuality and the family
Gender, sexuality and the workplace
Gender, sexuality and education
Gender, sexuality and politics (National & global)


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.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Critical Review 1,000 words 30 N Individual
Interview 1,000 words 40 N Individual
Essay 1,000 words 30 N Individual

Teaching Periods


Penrith (Kingswood)


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