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SCY3031

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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Kirsten McLean

Synopsis

This unit will investigate the meaning and construction of sexualities in Western culture, using a range of theoretical approaches; explore the relationship between gender and sexuality; investigate the regulation of sexuality through a variety of social institutions; explore a range of areas such as sex education, sexual relationships and intimacy, sexual identities, gender identities, prostitution, pornography and sexual health; and examine the cultural representation of various sexualities and the impacts of these representations.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this unit students will have:

  1. Become familiar with a range of theoretical understandings of sexuality in Western society.
  2. The ability to use these approaches to analyse a variety of areas in which sexuality is experienced in social life.
  3. An understanding of the diversity of sexual desires, practices and identities.
  4. Increased awareness of the gender differences in perceptions and experiences of sexualities.
  5. An understanding of the range of social institutions that reinforce and challenge notions of sexuality.

Assessment

Essay (2500 words):50%
2-hour examination (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.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Kirsten McLean

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Sociology
Behavioural studies
Anthropology

Prerequisites

A first-year sequence or permission

Prohibitions

SCY2031