• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Gender Studies
  • Areas of interest Gender Studies, Sociology, Health

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, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. apply theories of the posthuman to contemporary issues;
  2. assess and synthesise arguments about new forms of human and other-than-human life;
  3. 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

  1. Short paper 1, 1000 words (20) [LO 1]
  2. Short paper 2, 1000 words (20) [LO 2]
  3. Essay, 3000 words (50) [LO 1,3]
  4. Workshop Participation (10) [LO 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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of courses from the following list: GEND1001, GEND1002 ,SOCY1002, SOCY1004, or with permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed GEND2026, GEND6501 or SOCY3010.

Prescribed Texts

None

Majors

Minors

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

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4183 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person N/A

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