• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Gender Studies
  • Areas of interest Gender Studies, Health, Medicine and the Body, Sociology
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Prof Celia Roberts
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course GEND3001
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
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In many ways, contemporary life profoundly challenges our understandings of what it is to be human. This course explores the ways in which our bodies might be better described as 'posthuman.' We will examine our engagements with technology (from Fitbits to IVF), our entanglements with scientific and medical understandings of the body (such as those produced in genomics and neuroscience), and our ever-changing embodied relations to non-human animals and the material planet. Drawing on research and concepts from Science and Technology Studies, the Sociology of Health and Medicine, Feminist and Queer Theory, and Animal Studies, we will work through specific examples - relating to reproductive technologies, pharmaceuticals, self-tracking, and animals in space amongst others - to think about who and what we are today.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. apply theories of the posthuman to contemporary issues;
  2. develop arguments about new forms of human and other-than-human life;
  3. research and analyse specific examples and case studies using the key concepts introduced in the course; and
  4. reflect on and discuss their own learning as it relates to the subject matter of this course.

Indicative Assessment

Short paper, 2000 words (30%) Learning Outcome 1
Research Essay, 4000 words (60%) Learning Outcomes  2, 3
Workshop Participation (10%) Learning Outcomes 3, 4 
 

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Workload

130 hours of student learning time made up of:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks of workshops and workshop-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent reading, writing and research.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed GEND2026, GEND3001 or SOCY3010.

Assumed Knowledge

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

Fees

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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3360
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

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

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