SCY3031 - Sexuality, gender and social relations
6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate Faculty of Arts
Leader(s): Kirsten McLean
Clayton First semester 2009 (Day)
This unit will investigate the meaning and construction of sexuality and gender in Western culture, using a range of theoretical approaches; explore the relationship between sexuality and gender; investigate the regulation and control of sexuality and gender through a variety of social institutions; explore a range of both traditional and controversial areas where sexuality, gender and society interact; and examine the cultural representation of gender and sexuality and the impacts of these representations.
Upon successful completion of this unit students will have:
- Become familiar with a range of theoretical approaches to sexuality and gender in Western society.
- The ability to use these approaches to analyse a variety of areas in which sexuality and gender are experienced in social life.
- An understanding of the diversity of sexual desires, practices and identities.
- Increased awareness of the gender differences in perceptions and experiences of sexualities.
- A grasp of the range of institutions which reinforce and challenge notions of sexuality and gender.
Essay (2500 words): 50%
Examination (2 hours) (equivalent 2000 words): 40%
Tutorial attendance and participation: 10%
Third-year students will be expected to demonstrate wider reading and the ability to present more sophisticated theoretical arguments.
2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week
A first-year sequence or permission