• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Gender Studies
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Pacific Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • EmaP Margaret Jolly
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Winter Session 2021
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This research-intensive course explores the encounters between Oceanic and Western models, values, and embodied experiences of gender and sexuality. The course examines the debates about universalism and relativism, nature and culture, and personhood and identity, in understanding the differences between women, men, and transgendered persons. The course takes a historical and anthropological approach to examine the transformations of patterns of gender and sexuality in the Pacific through the successive encounters of exploratory voyages, Christian missions, labour trade and plantation development, World War II and militarism, mobility and the diaspora. Key thematic areas will include contemporary debates about women's influence and participation in church and state; gendered economies, kinship and land; transnational and regional feminisms and human rights; gender violence; gender, sexuality, health and HIV; and gender and sexual identities. The course will integrate readings and performances of literature, drama, and visual media by both Oceanic and foreign authors and artists. Indigenous Pacific Islander approaches to engaging and learning about Oceania are highlighted. The course draws upon the extensive academic expertise at ANU in gender and Pacific studies and is especially suitable for students of anthropology, history, politics, gender, sexuality and culture, Pacific studies, and development studies in both CAP and CASS. It will focus on Fiji, PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu but offer comparisons across Oceania.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: 
1. Speak and write critically about theories, contexts, and research approaches relevant to Pacific Studies  
2. Understand and use key concepts from transnational gender studies and demonstrate how these concepts engage or not with the Pacific in a critical and original way
3. Identify relevant ethnographic, historical, and theoretical literature for understanding models, values, and embodied experiences of gender and sexuality in the Pacific  
4. Demonstrate advanced analytical understanding of the diversity of perspectives - indigenous, popular, policy ,and scholarly - in debates in Oceania on gender and sexuality and ability to apply to contemporary issues
5. Create coherent and original arguments through scholarly and/or creative forms  

Other Information

This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.

Indicative Assessment

Participation: 10% (Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Reflective essay (Masters 2500 words; 20% (Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Research paper (Masters 5000 words; ): 70% (Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

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Total workload for the course is 130 hours. This include in class time and independent study. 

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed at least 48 units of university courses. Incompatible with PASI8008 and PASI3002.

Prescribed Texts

Readings are selected to cover the range of perspectives of course issues and themes. All assigned materials will be uploaded to the Wattle website.  
Katherine Lepani 2012 Islands of Love Islands of Risk, Culture and HIV in the Trobriands. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press; Margaret Jolly and Christine Stewart (with Carolyn Brewer 2012 Engendering Violence in Papua New Guinea. Canberra: ANU E-Press; Holly Wardlow 2006, Wayward Women: Sexuality and Agency in a New Guinea Society Berkeley University of California Press. Nicole George 2012 Situating Women: Gender Politics and Circumstance in Fiji Canberra: ANU E-Press.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2021 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4890
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4591 01 Jul 2021 23 Jul 2021 23 Jul 2021 30 Sep 2021 In Person View

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