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

Cultures are constantly transforming, never fixed. In particular, we will focus on culture and its intersections with nation in Australia. Due to colonialism and white settlement, and various waves of migration, Australian food and sport have undergone changes and are being transformed by state policies and the cultures of migrant Others.  Yet, even if laksa has become a standard ‘Australian' dish in restaurants, others have claimed that "a taste for diversity of food does not always accompany a taste for tolerance" (Probyn 2000: 101).  In Australian sport too, Peter Kell (2000) has stated that the ‘fair go' is a myth. What are we to make of these debates? Are we what we eat? Do anti-racist rules in sport make a difference in fostering a multicultural society?


We will begin with some foundational readings on colonial discourse which figure in race and racism, and gender and nationalism. We will then turn our intersected analyses to food and sport as a way of discussing multiculturalism in Australia, as critical cultural forms of the operations of these terms. For example, does an ethnically mixed soccer team say something about Australian mateship as symbolic of a very masculinised nationalism, one that is ethnically inclusive while simultaneously gender exclusive?

This course focuses on making connections between concepts of race, gender and nation as mediated through everyday cultural practices such as film, food and sport. It situates a historically and geographically specific understanding of the intersectionalities of race and gender in Australia.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Understand the complexities of race, gender and nation and how they operate in the Australian context with regard to cultures such as food and sport.
  2. Apply an interlinked race/gender/class approach to analyse food and sport 
  3. Research and analyse the developments and debates on multiculturalism.
  4. Speak and communicate effectively on issues of multiculturalism.
  5. Think, write and argue with key concepts and theories like race, gender, nation.

Other Information

Journal entries should address the main points of an essay from the weekly readings and show critical engagement with the reading. Page references, correct use of quotations, logical thought and writing in paragraphs all apply. 250 words is the minimum for each journal entry. Only four journal entries will be counted towards the course grade but you are encouraged to keep writing them each week as a way of engaging with the reading material and building up ideas on the issues covered from week to week. Please bring them to the tutorial and submit them at the end of the class. This assignment is meant as a way of opening discussion and improving the quality of participation of the tutorials. In addition, it will also increase your comprehension of the readings, lay the foundation for your longer essays and enhance your writing skills. 

Excellent journal entries will (1) refer to the relevant course readings or lecture materials, (2) present a concise and clear argument and (3) offer original insights or move beyond a summary of course materials.


Paper topics for midterm and final papers will be handed out a few weeks before papers are due. Alternatively, you may select your own topic but in consultation with the course convenor. 


Participation grade is based on students attending lectures and tutorials and coming to class prepared to discuss the readings.


Indicative Assessment

4 short journal entries 250 words each, total 1,000 words (30%) [Learning Outcome 5]

Final paper 2,000 words (35%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 5]

Midterm 1,000 words (25%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 5]

Tutorial participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]

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13 x 2-hour weekly lectures and 12 x 1-hour tutorials. Also 7 hours of associated study time per week (includes readings, and assignment preparation).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed GEND1001 or GEND1002 or SOCY1002 or SOCY1004, or with permission of the convenor.

Preliminary Reading

Booth, Douglas & Colin Tatz. One-Eyed: A View of Australian Sport. St. Leonards NWS: Allen & Unwin, 2000.


Journal of Sport and social issues

Sport in Society

International journal of the History of Sport

Journal of Sociology

Cultural Anthropology




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6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
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2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
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