• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Gender Studies
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Sociology, Public Health
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course investigates intersections between young people and sex across diverse disciplines and contexts. The course draws on gender studies, sociology, cultural studies and public health. It examines socio-biological understandings of young people and sexual development. It also explores education about sexuality, reproduction and consent. Technologies of sex are also explored in relation to sexting, robot babies and sexual negotiation online. The content interrogates key concepts in youth studies and sex including reproduction, development, agency and risk. The course also explores methodological and ethical issues in the study of young people and sex.

Learning Outcomes

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:
  1. understand and discuss key ideas related to young people, sex and development;
  2. analyse and apply interdisciplinary understandings of young people, sex and development;
  3. write cogently and critically about how young people and sex are mediated across diverse platforms and contexts;
  4. compare major theoretical debates about young people and sex; and
  5. critically analyse methodological and ethical issues associated with research related to young people and sex.

Indicative Assessment

Blog, 2 x 1125 word posts (22.5% each for a total of 45 %) Learning outcomes 1-4
Research Proposal Presentation, 750 words equivalent (15%) Learning Outcomes 1-5
Essay, 2000 words (35%) Learning Outcomes 2-5
Tutorial Participation (5%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 34 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 10 hours of lectures; and 24 hours of tutorials; and
b) 96 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of Sociology (SOCY) or Gender (GEND) courses, or with permission of the convenor.



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

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Student Contribution Band:
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
2020 $3120
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4800
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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