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Genders and Desires in Asia (ASIA20003)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeASIA20003
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

How are genders and desires imagined, performed, reproduced and contested in the diversity of societies and cultures of the Asian region? How does mobility and sociocultural change influence, or impact on everyday notions of gender within Asia, and in discourses about Asia? What is the influence of histories, religions, languages and media on gender and sexualities in the Asian region and Asian diasporas? This subject critically engages with gender and desire in relation to the Asian region by drawing on contemporary gender theories and a diversity of perspectives from the humanities and social sciences. Topics will cover the Asian region and diasporas, with a focus on languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian and Japanese.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should

  • Have an ability to evaluate literature concerning gender in Asia;
  • Have a capacity to articulate their findings and views in oral and written presentations;
  • Have an understanding of major issues and sensitivities regarding gender in Asia;
  • Have a capacity to engage where appropriate with issues to do with genders and desires in Asia;
  • Have a capacity to engage where appropriate with issues to do with desires about Asia.

Generic skills

On completion of the subject, students should:

  • Have an understanding of the key concepts of interest to the subject.
  • Be conversant with a range of theoretical approaches to understanding these concepts.
  • Analyse the function of these concepts in different cultural settings and compare those with one’s own.
  • Employ a variety of research tools and methodologies to gather evidences and formulate convincing arguments.
  • Have interacted with peers in small, productive and collaborative learning environments.
  • Enhancing the ability to critically think and engage with the work of established scholars in relation to these concepts.

Last updated: 10 August 2019