• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest History
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Prof Francis Bongiorno
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course HIST2229
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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How have the sex lives of Australians changed since the arrival of the first European settlers in the eighteenth century? And what can a study of the history of sexuality tell us about the dynamics of Australian history? This course will explore key themes in the history of sexuality in Australia since 1788, with an emphasis on ideas, attitudes, practices and identities. The evolving relationship between Australian and international developments will be a central theme.  Topics to be studied will include convicts and sexuality; sexual relations on the frontier; prostitution; sexual violence; the women's movement; sex reform and sexology; the regulation of sexuality by the state; homosexuality; and the transformation of sexual cultures, ideas and practices. The course will also examine how an understanding of sexual diversity in the past can illuminate current debates in Australian society.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  1. understand the major developments in sexuality over more than two centuries of Australian history.
  2. apply key concepts in modern historical studies, such as gender, class and ethnicity.
  3. evaluate the changing relationship between the state and the bodies of its subjects/citizens in Australia since 1788.
  4. practise at an advanced level the methodologies of social and cultural history.
  5. locate and interpret original sources.
  6. evaluate the Australian historiography of sexuality within a global context.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Documentary Exercise: (Primary source analysis) on the early Colonial Period (Based on Topics 2 and 3): 1500 words: 15% [assesses Learning Outcomes 2, 4 and 6]
  2. Locating Archives and Sources in the History of Sexuality: 1000 words: 10% [assesses Learning Outcomes 4 and 5]
  3. Research Essay: 3000 words: 35% [assesses Learning Outcomes 2, 3, 4 and 6]
  4. Examination (3 Hours): 40% [assess Learning Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6]

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Workload

120 hours over the semester, including one weekly lecture of 2 hours (during 13 weeks) and one weekly tutorial of one hour (over 12 weeks)

Prescribed Texts

Frank Bongiorno, The Sex Lives of Australians: A History (Black Inc., Melbourne, 2012) + Reading Brick

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
9356 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person

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