• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Gender Studies
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Pacific Studies, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies More...
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Shameem Black
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course ASIA2311
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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What are “gender” and “cultural studies,” and how do these influential concepts shape our understanding of Asia and the Pacific? One strand of our course will consider how our ideas of male, female, and transgender translate in Asian and Pacific contexts. We will explore both historical and contemporary questions, including such possible topics as the influence of imperialism and religious conversions on gender, the relation between feminisms and nationalisms, the contemporary configurations of gender and development, and current debates about gendered violence, human rights, HIV, sex work, same-sex sexualities and gender crossing. The second strand of our course will turn to art, film, popular culture, and literature to investigate the imaginative and political work of cultural production. Possible topics include the links between culture and political power, culture in the age of capitalism, the role of globalisation, and the rise of digital cultures. We will introduce key theories and methods of inquiry through discussions of scholarly literature and visual/artistic materials from the two regions.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will have the skills and knowledge to: 
1. Analyse, evaluate and apply contemporary theories of gender and culture in Asia and the Pacific; 
2. Use the conceptual vocabulary of gender and cultural studies to analyse contemporary issues and problems in Asia and the Pacific; 
3. Use the methods of gender and cultural studies to analyse the way gender and sexuality are produced in culture, including written and visual texts from Asia and the Pacific; 
4. Identify and understand interdisciplinary approaches to gender, sexuality and culture in Asia and the Pacific;
5. Communicate complex ideas in speech and writing;
6. Reflect critically on the knowledge and skills developed in the study of gender and culture in Asia and the Pacific.

Indicative Assessment

Seminar participation, 10% (LO 1,2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
Seminar presentation, 10% (Learning Outcomes 1, 2 5)
Online posts/seminar tasks, 10% (LO 1, 2, 3, 4)
Analytical 1500-2000 word Essay, 30% (LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Smartphone app Prototype (no coding) + Reflective Interview, 40% (LO 1, 2, 4, 5, 6)

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The total workload for the course is 130 hours including in class time and independent study. 

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed a minimum of 24 units of university courses. Incompatible with ASIA2311.

Prescribed Texts

Course materials will be available on Wattle. 

Areas of Interest

  • Cultural Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Pacific Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Asia Pacific Studies
  • Asia-Pacific Studies




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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $2820
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4320
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
10008 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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