Debating Difference: Troubling Identity Categories
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- 31 Jul 2023
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Apply interdisciplinary GSDS concepts to understanding issues and debates regarding gender and sexuality.
Produce a sustained, complex written argument about gender and sexuality theories.
Review gender sexuality and diversity studies theories and concepts in different historical and cultural contexts.
Synthesise research and arguments about gender, sexuality and diversity.
- • Gender.
- • Sexuality.
- • Race.
- • Disability.
- • Bodies.
- • Activism.
- • Policy.
Prerequisites: Students must have completed 60 credit points of Level one subjects. Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed GSD2GES (Gender and Sexuality: Contemporary Debates) are ineligible to enrol in this subject.
No additional requirements
Drawing on perspectives of key thinkers in queer and trans theory, critical race theory, and disability/crip studies, we explore the ways we are taught to uphold and upkeep a disciplined (and disciplining) body across different times, places, texts, and histories. We hone skills in research, theory, and critical analysis as we explore how 'marginal bodies' have been and are positioned, represented, and thought in popular culture, social movements, and institutions.
Topics include feminist approaches to the body, gender euphoria and queer utopias, writing back to the colony, and post-humanism. The subject's blend of theory, reading, research, and creative writing promotes new ways of thinking about gender, the body, and society.
- Blog posts to forums: 250 words each, 1,500 words total. Students will write and post 5 blog entries to our LMS forums related to subject content. (30%)
- Annotated bibliography and project plan (800 word equivalent). Students will develop and write an annotated bibliography and project plan. (20%)
- Research/reflective essay or creative artefact and exegesis: 2000 words (or equivalent). Students will use their project plan and annotated bibliography to provide a framework for final submission. (50%)
Current study term: 30 Jul 23 to 27 Oct 23
Textbook information is pending.