• 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, Sociology, Health

This course investigates the impact of biomedicine on contemporary understandings of identity and the body. There will be three main case studies: reproductive technologies, psychopharmacology and organ transplantation. Linking the case studies will be three themes: 1) how technology both reproduces and challenges dominant models of human identity and relations 2) how dominant understandings of gender and sexual difference influence the development of technology; 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. Evaluate and develop arguments about the impact of technology on human identity.
  3. Analyse the relationship between biotechnology, embodiment and identity.
  4. Undertake research on  relevant examples and case studies using key concepts from the course.
  5. Reflect on and discuss their own learning as it relates to the subject matter of this course.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial participation (10%) LO 1,2 & 5
Tutorial presentation 10-15mins (10%) LO 1,2 & 4
Short papers (3x 750 words) LO 1&3 (20%)
Research essay (4000 words) LO 2 & 4 (60%)

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130 hours of student learning time made up of:
1) 35 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures and 11 hours of tutorials
2) 95 hours of independent student reading, writing and research

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed GEND2026 or GEND3001

Assumed Knowledge

Basic grasp of social research methods and awareness of socio-cultural approaches to health, illness and human experience.


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
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4929 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person View

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