- 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 Postgraduate
- Mode of delivery In Person
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 OutcomesUpon 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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- Student Contribution Band:
- Band 1
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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