• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Pacific Studies, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies More...
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Shameem Black
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2021
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This course is available for in-person and remote (online) learning. Remote (online) and in-person students participate in separate classes.

This course investigates gender and culture as forms of everyday power in Asia and the Pacific. It introduces key theories and approaches from gender and cultural studies as they shape an understanding of these regions. One strand of this course will consider how our ideas of male, female, and transgender translate in Asian and Pacific contexts. We will explore such possible topics as the relation between feminisms, imperialisms and nationalisms, contemporary configurations of gender, inequality and development, and current debates about gendered violence, human rights, sex work, same-sex sexualities and gender crossing. The second strand of our course will turn to creative traditions and popular culture to investigate the imaginative and political work of cultural production. Possible topics include the links between culture and political power, culture in the age of capitalism, and the influence of globalisation. Through analytical, practice-based and creative assessments, students will gain crucial tools to understand the politics of everyday life in Asia and the Pacific. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse, evaluate and apply contemporary theories of gender and culture in Asia and the Pacific;
  2. Use the conceptual vocabulary of gender and cultural studies to analyse contemporary issues and problems in Asia and the Pacific;
  3. Use the methods of gender and cultural studies to analyse the way gender and sexuality are produced in culture, including written and visual texts from Asia and the Pacific;
  4. Identify and understand interdisciplinary approaches to gender, sexuality and culture in Asia and the Pacific;
  5. Communicate complex ideas in speech and writing;
  6. Reflect critically on the knowledge and skills developed in the study of gender and culture in Asia and the Pacific.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Seminar Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  2. Seminar Activities (10) [LO 1,2,5]
  3. Research Essay (2000 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Group Smartphone Application Prototype (no coding required) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Reflective Self-Interview (1500 words) (25) [LO 1,2,4,5,6]

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The total workload for the course is 130 hours including in class time and independent study. 

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed at least 24 units of university courses.

Prescribed Texts

Course materials will be available on Wattle. 

Areas of Interest

  • Cultural Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Pacific Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Asia Pacific Studies
  • Asia-Pacific Studies




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.

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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.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6977 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person View

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