• Class Number 4591
  • Term Code 3150
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • EmaP Margaret Jolly
    • EmaP Margaret Jolly
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 01/07/2021
  • Class End Date 30/09/2021
  • Census Date 23/07/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 23/07/2021
SELT Survey Results

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  

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Gender and Sexual Crossings: Nature and Culture in Oceania
2 Relationality, Individual Autonomy and Heteronormative Moderns
3 Gender, Sexuality and Race: Representations from European Exploratory Voyages to Contemporary Visual Arts
4 Changing Homes and Clothes: Engendering Indigenous Christianities
5 Sites of Desire: Gendered and Raced Bodies in the Landscape
6 Gender Dynamics of Land and Commoditisation
7 Engendering Violence and Peace
8 Gender, Human Rights and Development
9 Gender and Climate Change

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date
Participation 25% 25 % *
Reflective Essay 25 % 09/08/2021
Major Essay 50 % 31/08/2021

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


In addition to active participation through student-led discussions and group activities, students will produce one reflective essay based on personal responses to course content… and a second major essay focused on a particular theme or issue discussed in lectures.… Assessment pieces will indicate the student's ability to use key concepts explored in the course, reflect critically on these concepts, generate relevant questions and shape independent arguments. Assessments will enhance the student’s authority in scholarly and other forms of communication beyond the written word, including integrating research into creative forms of expression and critical reflection.

Descriptions and assessment rubrics for each assessment item will be discussed in class on the first day and uploaded on the course Wattle site.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 25 %
Learning Outcomes: 

Participation 25%

(5% general participation; 10% student-led presentation/discussion; 10% for two

online responses, 200-250 words each, due Monday 19 July 11.55 pm and Monday 26 July, 11.55 pm).

Assessment Task 2

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 09/08/2021
Learning Outcomes: 

Reflective Essay

(Undergraduate: 1250 words; Graduate: 2500 words)

Due date: Monday 9 August, 11.55 pm

Assessment Task 3

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 31/08/2021
Learning Outcomes: 

Major Essay

(Undergraduate: 2500 words; Graduate: 3500)

Due date: Tuesday 31 August, 11.55 pm

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
EmaP Margaret Jolly
(02) 6125-3150

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EmaP Margaret Jolly

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EmaP Margaret Jolly

Research Interests

EmaP Margaret Jolly

By Appointment

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