The Future of Sex and Gender

Subject 121-217 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1.5-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial per week.
Total Time Commitment: 2.5 contact hours/week, 6 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: 50 points of first year from any area of study within the Faculty of Arts.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Maree Pardy


Dr Maree Pardy

Subject Overview: How is the future of sex and gender imagined in the world today? Key themes will include: the increasing instability of concepts of sex and gender and their transformations; a focus on theories of gender equity in the face of persisting gender inequality; the imagined futures of everyday gender practices, including issues around the supposed ‘death of the family’, work/ life balance, the low fertility ‘crisis’; the future of sexualities; and the transcendence of the body, including cyborgs and cybersex. These themes will be explored in a global context.
  • have a sound understanding of the main developments in feminist thinking about the past and future of gender inequalities, developments around the concepts of sex and gender(s), and the intersections of gender, 'race', ethnicity and class.
  • an awareness of the main developments in feminist thinking about the persistence of gender inequality and the place of gender within emerging social transformations globally
  • an understanding of feminist thinking about the emergence of radically new forms of gender, embodiment and being human, with emphasis on the interfaces between the biological and the social.
  • a sound understanding of the main frameworks for analysing the status, usefulness and future of the concepts of 'sex' and ‘gender’ in a globalising world, with a particular focus on cross-cultural comparisons of such frameworks
Assessment: A tutorial journal of 750 words 15% (due end semester), a research essay 2000 words 55% (due mid-semester) and a reflective essay 1250 words 30% (due in examination period).
Prescribed Texts: A reader will be available in the university bookshop.
Breadth Options:

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Generic Skills:
  • demonstrate research skills through competent use of the library and other information sources;
  • show critical thinking and analysis and ability to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by determining the strength of an argument;
  • demonstrate understanding of social, ethical and cultural context through the contextualisation of judgements, developing a critical self-awareness, being open to new ideas and possibilities and by constructing an argument.
Notes: This is a core subject for the minor in the interdisciplinary program in gender studies. This subject may also be completed as part of the interdisciplinary program in Asian studies, and as part of the social theory minor and sequence.
Related Course(s): Diploma in Arts (Gender Studies)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Gender Studies
Gender Studies
Gender Studies
Gender Studies Major

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