This subject examines same-sex desire and transsexuality as understood by a variety of disciplines, including genetics, history, law, medicine and pedagogy. Through interdisciplinary team teaching, and a range of learning and assessment activities, students will be introduced to the ways in which contemporary debates around sexual identity are the product of diverse understandings and disciplinary approaches. The subject will investigate the relationship between academic disciplines, as well as between academic debates and the broader community.
Intended learning outcomes
At the completion of this subject students should be able to:
Identify the ways in which same-sex desire, transsexuality and sexual identity more generally have been understood and debated by a variety of disciplines;
Explain how and why different disciplines have different understandings of these phenomena;
Understand how the study of contemporary debates about sexuality deepens our understanding of broader debates in a complex society;
Apply interdisciplinary understandings of sexuality to their professional and public lives.