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Sex, Gender and Culture: An Introduction (GEND10001)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeGEND10001
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The world is gendered - but what is gender? We know gender is fundamental to the way in which we see ourselves and others, and how our communities and institutions are organised, but why? Why do gender norms and stereotypes emerge? What effects do they have on our lives? Drawing on feminist and queer theory, transgender studies, masculinity studies, and a range of disciplines across humanities and social sciences, this subject introduces students to the major concepts in gender studies, including: biological determinism, cultural essentialism, social constructionism, power and inequalities, sexuality, and queering categories of difference. Using a variety of case studies from social media, politics, sport, fashion, film, and music, the course will analyse how sex, gender, age, ethnicity, race, class, politics and social movements intersect to influence our understanding of sex, gender, and culture.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the subject students should:

  • Demonstrate an introductory knowledge and understanding of contemporary gender theories;
  • Have developed a foundational appreciation of the significance of gender in contemporary culture;
  • Have laid the foundations of relevant research skills including use of the library, e-research skills, and appropriate referencing and presentation of written work;
  • Appreciate national and international debates on specific contemporary issues and complex problems connected with sex and gender in contemporary societies;
  • Grasp the importance of an independent approach to knowledge that uses rigorous methods of inquiry and appropriate theories and methodologies that are applied with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values;
  • Have developed a foundation of relevant knowledge and methodologies, both critical and theoretical, on which to base further studies in Gender Studies.

Generic skills

On completion of this subjects students will :

• be skilled in critical thinking and analysis;

• cultivate written communication skills;

• develop an understanding of cultural and social contexts;

• be skilled at managing time and resources effectively.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
GEND10001 Sex, Gender and Culture: An Introduction
Semester 2

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 reflective Journal, equivalent to 1500, due throughout the semester (40%)
  • A 1500 word research essay due in week 6 (35%)
  • A 1000 word take home exam due in the examination period (25%)

Hurdle requirement: Class attendance is required for this subject; if you do not attend a minimum of 80% of classes without an approved exemption you will not be eligible for a pass in this subject.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorHannah Mccann
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursA total of 36 hours: A 90 minute lecture and a 90 minute tutorial a per week.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

Time commitment details

Time commitment totals 170 hours.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    A Subject Reader will be available.

  • Subject notes

    This subject is compulsory for students undertaking the major or minor in Gender Studies.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 10 August 2019