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Sex and Gender Present and Future (GEND20008)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeGEND20008
Semester 1
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How do sex and gender operate in the world today, and what are their possible futures? Indeed, do these concepts have a future? Can they adequately capture the breadth, range and fluidity of contemporary and global sexed and gendered lives? Key themes explored in this subject include: current theories and experiences of sex and gender in the world today; the increasing instability of the concepts of sex and gender and their transformations; gender fluidity; the persistence of gender inequality; gender as a cultural category versus gender as lived bodily experience; and the uses and abuses of the gender concept. The subject culminates by considering imagined futures of everyday gender practices and of sexualities. These themes will be explored in a global and cross-cultural context.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • have acquired a broad understanding of theoretical trajectories related to the study of gender and sex;
  • possess an appreciation of the key concepts in gender studies and contemporary feminist theories of the concepts of gender, sex and sexuality;
  • demonstrate a developing capacity to think critically and evaluate arguments concerning gender, sex and sexuality;
  • be aware of processes of knowledge production in the broad areas of sex and gender and appreciate 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 and sexuality in contemporary societies;
  • have interacted with peers in small, productive and collaborative learning environments.

Last updated: 26 June 2019