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Genders, Bodies & Sexualities (GEND20003)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeGEND20003
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Bodies, genders and sexualities are at the heart of many contemporary social, cultural and political debates. Bodies in the plural are the focus of this subject - fat bodies and perfect bodies and trans bodies and leaky bodies, for example - and are analysed through a discussion of contemporary social research and an exploration of visual depictions (including advertising, film, music videos, photography). This subject examines the nature of debates around bodies, genders and sexualities, questioning the how, why and the politics underpinning them.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Have acquired a broad understanding of theoretical trajectories related to the study of gender, culture and bodies;
  • possess an appreciation of the key concepts in gender studies and contemporary feminist theories of gender and the body;
  • demonstrate a developing capacity to think critically and evaluate arguments concerning gender, sexuality, culture and the body;
  • be aware of processes of knowledge production and the historical, political and cultural conditions to which this is linked;
  • be intellectually engaged in the discipline of gender studies;
  • be familiar with national and international debates on specific contemporary issues and complex problems connected with sex, gender, bodies and culture in contemporary societies;
  • have interacted with peers in small, productive and collaborative learning environments.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • A research essay of 2000 words (50%) due mid-semester.
  • A research essay of 2000 words (50%)due during the examination period.
  • Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject. Regular participation in tutorials is required.
  • Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10 marks per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Dates & times

Not available in 2019

Time commitment details

Total of 170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 11 October 2019