• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Gender Studies
  • Areas of interest Gender Studies, Health Medicine and the Body, Sociology

This course investigates the impact of technology on understandings and experiences  of identity and the body, with a focus on the notion of the posthuman. Topics will include reproductive technologies, psychopharmacology, genomics, organ transplantation and the quantified self. Linking the case studies will be three themes: 1) how technology both reproduces and challenges dominant models of human identity and relations 2)  how theories and concepts such as the cyborg, the posthuman and the assemblage understand technological relations 3) how technology is utilised and appropriated by users, often in ways contrary to intended uses. The course will draw on material from Science and Technology Studies, Medical Anthropology, the Sociology of Medicine and Feminist Theory.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

  1. Understand theories of the posthuman and apply them to contemporary issues
  2. Assess and synthesise arguments about the impact of technology on human identity.
  3. Analyse the relationship between biotechnology, embodiment and identity.
  4. Use the key concepts introduced in the course to analyse specific examples and case studies.
  5. Reflect on and discuss their own learning as it relates to the subject matter of this course.

Indicative Assessment

Weekly notes 10x100 words (10%) LO 5
Short paper 1, 1000 words (20%) LO 1, 2,3
Short paper 2, 1000 words (20%) LO 4
Essay, 2000 words, (40%)  LO 1,2,3, 4
Tutorial participation (10%)  LO 1, 5

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 38 hours of contact: 26 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials.
b) 92 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of courses from the following list: GEND1001, GEND1002 ,SOCY1002, SOCY1004, or with permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed GEND2026.




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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
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9454 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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