- 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
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.
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:
- apply theories of the posthuman to contemporary issues;
- develop arguments about new forms of human and other-than-human life;
- research and analyse specific examples and case studies using the key concepts introduced in the course; and
- reflect on and discuss their own learning as it relates to the subject matter of this course.
Indicative AssessmentShort 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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Workload130 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
Assumed KnowledgeBasic grasp of social research methods and awareness of socio-cultural approaches to health, illness and human experience.
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