• Class Number 4503
  • Term Code
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Nayahamui Rooney
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 19/06/2023
  • Class End Date 31/08/2023
  • Census Date 07/07/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 28/06/2023
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Gender and Sexuality in the Pacific (GEND3002)

This 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 contextual 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, and mobility and the diaspora. Key thematic areas will include historic influences on gender and sexuality in the Pacific, historical and contemporary portrayals of gender and sexuality; 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 an examination and comparisons of case studies from countries across Oceania. 

GEND3002 is essential for anyone seeking to work in the Pacific region and/or with Pacific communities. The course provides a foundational understanding of gender and sexuality in Pacific Island societies, reinforced with culturally specific case studies, and it complements and builds on the learning outcomes of PASI2001.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Speak and write about theories, contexts, and research approaches relevant to gender and sexuality in Pacific Studies;
  2. Understand and use key concepts from transnational gender and sexuality 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 understanding of the diversity of perspectives - Indigenous, popular, policy ,and scholarly - in debates in Oceania on gender and sexuality and how these different perspectives influence contemporary issues;
  5. Create coherent and original arguments through scholarly and/or creative forms.
Nayahamui Rooney

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Nayahamui Rooney

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