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Sex: Science and the Community (UNIB30004)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeUNIB30004
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Sex is a topic that pervades lives, but seldom is it studied from broad, multidisciplinary perspectives. Students taking this subject will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the sociological, ethical, educational and legal issues informed by a firm understanding of the biology underlying these issues. Major themes will include:

  • Evolution of sex and sexual behaviour;
  • Manipulating reproduction, including contraception and assisted reproduction, and the attendant psychosocial, legal and political issues;
  • Reproductive health and its past and present implications
  • Sex education - how do people learn about sex.
  • Sex, sexuality and society, will investigate issues relating to sex, sexuality and gender using a multidisciplinary approach; and
  • Sex, and population, including world population growth, fertility rates, demographic change, and related social, religious and political issues.

Students will be expected to integrate material from a range of academic disciplines to arrive at a new understanding of these complex issues.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should have a broad understanding of sex and sexuality from a broad range of perspectives, and have the breadth of knowledge and understanding to be able to contribute to topical debates on these issues.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should have further developed the following skills:

  • Integration of material from diverse disciplines.
  • Rational discussion of multidisciplinary/ interdisciplinary issues.
  • Ability to present a broad-based and reasoned argument on a set topic.
  • Ability to locate and use academic resources from a range of disciplines.

Last updated: 16 June 2018