• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Gender Studies
  • Areas of interest Gender Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person


This course investigates the impact of technological advances on contemporary understandings (and lived experiences) of identity and the body, with a focus on biomedicine. It also examines the biopolitics of technological interventions into the human body. It understands ‘technoculture' in a broad sense to encompass the discourses, practices, representations and subjectivities (identities) enabled by the contemporary technological landscape and it examines the body as a product of these various forces.

It will investigate three major areas where technology and the human body interact:

  • The biotechnical fragmentation of the human body (including organ and tissue donation and sale, IVF and related conceptive technologies).
  • Body modification (cosmetic surgery, gender realignment and related surgeries).
  • Psychopharmacology (SSRI anti-depressants and dance party drugs).

Linking these case studies are the following themes:

  • how advances in medical technologies destabilise distinctions between categories such as the human and the machine, nature and culture, and life and death.
  • how technology enables the production of new subjectivities and relationships.
  • how technology is implicated in both reproducing and destabilising dominant models of sex, gender, race and identity.
  • how dominant understandings of gender and sexual difference influence the development and use of technology.
  • how representations of technologised bodies produce both desire and horror.
The course will draw on critical accounts of technology from the fields of science and technology studies (STS), feminist and queer studies, cultural studies and anthropology. It will introduce concepts such as the posthuman, the cyborg, the body as a technocultural object, technological determinism, performativity and embodied subjectivity.

Indicative Assessment


6,000 words of written assessment (2 reflective papers of 500 words,

1 research essay of  5000 words) worth 90%. Seminar/online participation worth 10%.

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24 hours of lectures/seminars.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed GEND2026


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

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Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1542
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3618
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3618
2005 $3618
2004 $3618
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