Sex and Gender Matters - 2016

Unit summary

POL226

  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (20%) , Essay 2 (40%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
AUD$
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit was previously known as POL216 Sex and Gender Matters.

This unit presents a range perspectives and debates on sex, gender and sexuality. It enables students to critically engage with the social construction of gender and sexuality in ways that question, challenge and disrupt their normative – and often naturalised – expression, for the betterment of life, happiness and social justice.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. understand key debates over the extent to which gender and sexuality are socially constructed
  2. be familiar with and able to utilise key concepts and frameworks for analysing gender relations in a range of settings
  3. understand the transformative projects of feminist and sexual liberation/rights movements.
  • Essay 1 (20%)
  • Essay 2 (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • POL216 — Sex and Gender Matters

Level 2 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area. Students must have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA units) at Level 1 before enrolling in this unit.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Sex and gender
2Gender and nature
3Science of gender difference
4Masculinities
5Paid work
6Housework
7Politics of sexuality
8Sexualisation/pornification
9Gender and heroics
10Gender and development

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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