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ATS2739

Faculty of Arts

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Faculty

Arts

Coordinator(s)

TBA

Offered

Not offered in 2016

Notes

Previously coded SCY2818

Synopsis

This unit explores how identities are developed and what role gender and sexuality play in this process. This unit introduces contemporary theoretical perspectives on the social construction of identity and on gender and sexuality as historical and social categories. These theoretical perspectives are applied to understanding and analysing everyday life and experience, in a range of locations and periods. It examines the significance of understanding the formation of identity in context-sensitive ways, the intersection and construction of various social categories, and their significance in political contexts.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify relevant contemporary social theoretical perspectives on identity and critically assess the differences between them;
  2. explain the social construction of gender and sexuality, and identity formation;
  3. analyse processes of identity formation in everyday life;
  4. present an informed argument concerning the importance of gender and sexuality as social categories, and identify their sociological and political importance.

Assessment

Weekly quizzes (equiv. 1000 words): 30%
Assignment 1 (1500 words): 40%
Exam (2-hours): 30%

Workload requirements

One 2-hour seminar per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

TBA

Prerequisites

First-year arts sequence

Prohibitions

ATS3739, SCY2818, SCY3818