- Code GEND6501
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Offered in See Future Offerings
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.
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:
- Understand theories of the posthuman and apply them to contemporary issues
- Evaluate and develop arguments about the impact of technology on human identity.
- Analyse the relationship between biotechnology, embodiment and identity.
- Undertake research on relevant examples and case studies using key concepts from the course.
- Reflect on and discuss their own learning as it relates to the subject matter of this course.
Indicative AssessmentTutorial 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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Workload130 hours of student learning time made up of:
a) 35 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 11-hours of tutorials, and
b) 95 hours of independent student reading, writing and research.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Assumed KnowledgeBasic grasp of social research methods and awareness of socio-cultural approaches to health, illness and human experience.
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