Genders and Desires in Asia

Subject ASIA20003 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 hours; 1 x 1.5 hour lecture,1 x 1 hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Ana Dragojlovic



Subject Overview:

How are genders and desires imagined, performed, reproduced and contested in the diversity of societies and cultures of the Asian region? How does mobility and sociocultural change influence, or impact on everyday notions of gender within Asia, and in discourses about Asia? What is the influence of histories, religions, languages and media on gender and sexualities in the Asian region and Asian diasporas? This subject critically engages with gender and desire in relation to the Asian region by drawing on contemporary gender theories and a diversity of perspectives from the humanities and social sciences. Topics will cover the Asian region and diasporas, with a focus on languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian and Japanese.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should

  • Have an ability to evaluate literature concerning gender in Asia;
  • Have a capacity to articulate their findings and views in oral and written presentations;
  • Have an understanding of major issues and sensitivities regarding gender in Asia;
  • Have a capacity to engage where appropriate with issues to do with genders and desires in Asia;
  • Have a capacity to engage where appropriate with issues to do with desires about Asia.
  • A tutorial presentation, equivalent to 1250 words, done throughout the semester (35%)
  • A tutorial journal, 750 words. Due at the end of the semester (15%)
  • Major essay, 2000 word. Due during the examination period (50%)

Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:

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Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills:

On completion of the subject, students should:

  • Have an understanding of the key concepts of interest to the subject.
  • Be conversant with a range of theoretical approaches to understanding these concepts.
  • Analyse the function of these concepts in different cultural settings and compare those with one’s own.
  • Employ a variety of research tools and methodologies to gather evidences and formulate convincing arguments.
  • Have interacted with peers in small, productive and collaborative learning environments.
  • Enhancing the ability to critically think and engage with the work of established scholars in relation to these concepts.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Asian Studies
Gender Studies
Graduate Certificate in Arts - Asian Studies
Graduate Diploma in Arts - Asian Studies

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