- Class Number 4388
- Term Code 3330
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Mary Rasmussen
- Mary Rasmussen
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 20/02/2023
- Class End Date 26/05/2023
- Census Date 31/03/2023
- Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
How are gendered identities shaped by society? How are our identities formed by but also resistant to cultural norms of masculinity and femininity? How is gender related to sexual difference? How do gender relations intersect with race, class and sexuality? This course gives an accessible and lively introduction to Gender Studies. It introduces key concepts of gender, sexuality, and gender presentation, and the social aspects of gender.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- demonstrate an understanding of key ideas in gender studies through oral and written discussion;
- identify, evaluate and select relevant sources in gender and sexuality studies;
- analyse and apply theories of gender, sexuality and identity; and
- write cogently and critically about issues related to gender and sexuality.
Lectures will run for first four weeks alongside one hour tutorials. In weeks 5-12 we will move to a workshop format (one two hour workshop each week).
Workshops will be interactive. Students will work with tutors and peers to undertake research on each topic in highly interactive tutorials. Students will participate to co-create course content and to engage in a wide range of learning opportunities.
Additional Course Costs
Required readings for this course can be accessed through the Wattle site.
Please note that the course Wattle site will be a key resource for students and one of the main ways your teachers will communicate with you. On Wattle you will find: the links to required readings, supplementary readings and other resources such as videos, detailed information on assessment and any announcements related to the course. Please check Wattle frequently, including the notice board.
The following texts are recommended as useful resources for the course although you are not required to buy them. They are on short loan in the Chifley Library.
- Cranny-Francis, A. et al (2004) Gender Studies: Terms and Debates, Basingstoke: Palgrave.
- Evans, M. & Williams, C. Gender: The Key Concepts. Taylor & Francis (e-book)
- Griffin, G. (2017) A Dictionary of Gender Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (e-book)
- Holmes, M. (2009) Gender and Everyday Life, London: Routledge.
- Holmes, M. (2007) What is Gender? Sociological Approaches, London: Sage. (e-book)
- Launius, C. & Hassel, H. (2015) Threshold Concepts in Women’s and Gender Studies, New York: Routledge. (e-book)
- Pilcher, J. (2004) 50 Key Concepts in Gender Studies, Oaks, California: Sage.
- Stryker, S. & Aizura. A. (2013) The Transgender Studies Reader 2. New York: Routledge.
A note on course content
The Nature of Class Sessions*:
Learning is an active process in which we will all participate. Active learning implies the importance of understanding and experiencing ideas as they relate to our own lives, rather than reciting a list of facts. This course should provide us with plenty of material upon which to reflect as we consider the pervasive influence of gender on personal identity and social structures. This active process is continually evolving with no clear beginning or end. Hence, this course should become a dialogue between all of us as we reflect upon the material presented and its relevance to our experiences. Such a conversation includes responsibilities to which we must all agree. Clearly, one initial responsibility involves being in class regularly. However, merely being in class is not enough to create a climate in which we can all learn. Being prepared for class is an additional commitment that is necessary from each of us. The nature of the material presented invites critical reflection of the ideas and a willingness to share our insights and perspectives on personal and potentially controversial issues. Moreover, because you will be expected to examine your own behaviour and because the issues may be controversial, there may be moments of discomfort or emotional reaction for some of you. You are encouraged to allow yourself to be “uncomfortable” in those times of discomfort, to keep an open mind, and to explore concepts more deeply in those instances. A final, and vitally important, responsibility involves a willingness to be open to and consider the thoughts and ideas of others in the classroom. If there are 50 of us in the room, there will be at least that many different perspectives. You may not agree with the views expressed by others in the course, but we must all agree to respect each individual’s rights to have and share their own experiences. I also encourage you to discuss your feelings with your tutor in private if you are unable to do so in class. (*Adapted from text written by Dr. Jessica Kratzer)
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Students will receive individual written feedback on the Case Study
- Students will receive informal feedback on discussion contributions during the tutorials
- Students will receive verbal feedback as a group throughout the semester
- Students are able to meet with the convenor or their tutor by appointment to receive one on one 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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.
The information provided is a preliminary Class Outline. A finalised version will be available on Wattle and will be accessible after enrolling in this course. All updates, changes and further information will be uploaded on the course Wattle site and will not be updated on Programs and Courses throughout the semester. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Course Convenor.
Guide to emailing your lecturer/tutor
When emailing your lecturer or tutor in relation to the course, please:
Include GEND1001 in the subject of your email.
Include your name (not just student number) and tutorial time if relevant.
Make the text brief and specific (for example, if you are asking about an assessment item make sure you identify it clearly).
Read the course outline and other info on Wattle.
We are happy to receive emails from students who have queries about the course but not happy when the email requests information that is available on Wattle or in the course guide. Please spend some time looking for information before sending a message. We aim to respond to email within 24 hours (excluding weekends and holidays). If we do not respond to your email within a couple of days please send again.
Please note that all assessment tasks must be completed in order to pass the course. Essays and papers should be referenced using the Harvard system. A guide is available on the Wattle site.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||What is Gender Studies|
|4||Sexuality and Sexual Practices|
|5||Sex, Gender, Sexuality and Variations of Sexual Characteristics||Assessment 1: Case Study Due 14 April 1800 words 40%|
|6||Intervening in Reproduction|
|7||Intervening in Socialisation|
|8||Intervening in Colonisation|
|9||Intervening in Class and Culture|
|10||Intervening in History|
|11||Intervening in Writing||Participation Portfolio - Submitted Friday 26 May in Week 12|
|12||Contemporary Feminist Politics||Take home exam due during exam period|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Learning Outcomes|
|Case Study||40 %||14/04/2023||1, 2,3,4|
|Take Home Exam||50 %||09/06/2023||1,2,3,4|
|Participation Portfolio and Self-Assessment Sheet||10 %||26/05/2023||1,2,4|
* 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 Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
- Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure
- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Guideline and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
- Code of practice for teaching and learning
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 Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.
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.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2,3,4
Case Study: Australian Census Assessment Task (1800 words equivalent)
Description: Changes are being proposed for the next Australian census in relation to questions around sex, gender, sexuality, and variations in sexual characteristics. We want you to find a person from an older generation and communicate with them about why you think people are advocating for these changes. You will script an interview in which a participant (who you recruit) questions you about the census and related concepts from the course. You will need to draw on concepts used in course readings in terms that make sense to this person. You will provide the answers. Think of the script as a prompt rather than something that needs to be used verbatim. Provide the script (with definitions and links to relevant resources) to the participant prior to the interview. It might help them to prepare; his is also good practice. In academic research participants are routinely provided with interview questions in advance. To do this, you will need to:
· explain distinctions between sex, gender, sexuality and variations in sexual characteristics;
· use resources (e.g., Australian Bureau of Statistics explainers; newspaper reports, course readings, podcasts) to explain the above concepts to the person you have selected;
· move beyond providing textbook definitions and give people some context so they can understand why these changes are being proposed now; and
· consider the challenges in implementing the changes.
Think about the challenges of communicating these changes to people who have not been exposed to thinking about sex, gender and sexuality beyond the binary and who may not understand variations in sexual characteristics.
Part 1: Create a script (approx. 600 words) that you can use to structure the conversation. The script must be submitted as part of the assessment and include:
· A context for the changes, e.g., why now; examples of other countries that have made changes.
(This should be well researched; point to more than one country context; and include a succinct history of debates about the changes in Australia and overseas);
· An explanation of distinctions between sex, gender, sexuality, and variations in sexual characteristics;
· Include links to relevant resources. (e.g., Australian Bureau of Statistics explainers; newspaper reports, course readings, podcasts) in the script; and
· A format that is informative and promotes discussion.
Part 2: Reflect on the conversation (approx. 800 words) that you had about the census questions and provide the following information:
1. A description of the participant, their pseudonym and how they were recruited;
2. A reflection on how you think the participant understood why the changes are being proposed. Explain, using examples, why this is your understanding;
3. Highlight both understandings and misunderstandings arising in the interview and explain any changes you would make in retrospect to address misunderstandings;
4. Identify issues raised about the census and related categories you hadn’t anticipated.
5. Identify at least two challenges of applying theories of gender, sex and sexuality in a technology like the census in Australia.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Take Home Exam
A take-home examination
Length: 4 x 500 word answers
Examining content in weeks 5-12
Due: Friday 9 June, 11pm, 2023
During examination period
The expected time required to write a very good answer to the Take Home Exam is ½ day- 1 day. You need to treat the Take Home Exam like an exam – this means that you cannot discuss the question with your classmates, and you need to prepare the answer entirely by yourself. You cannot seek help from your lecturer or tutor – this would obviously be unfair to other students. If you think some aspect of the question is unclear, you may seek clarification from your lecturer. Your Take Home Exam paper must be submitted via Turnitin. Please retain an electronic copy of your Take Home Exam. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, no individual extensions will be granted for the Take Home Exams. If you envisage problems in submitting your Take Home Exam on time, please contact your lecturer. In the Take Home Exam you will need to acknowledge sources that rely on the analysis or arguments of others.
· Place your name on the first page.
· Be sure to list the question you are responding at the top of each page.
· Include references used at the end of each question, not at the end of the document.
· You may use any accepted referencing system (e.g. Harvard).
· Double space the document.
· The exam must be typed in 12 point font, Times New Roman or similar font,
How: Questions will be provided later in the semester and will be based around the weekly topics. You cannot answer two questions from the same week’s topic.
Feedback: Written feedback on the exam will be available only on request.
NOTE: Your bibliography is not counted towards word count, but your inline citations are.
Estimated return date: The grade will be available after the posting of results for the semester.
|Content 75%||Unsatisfactory||Fair to Good||Very Good||Exceptional|
Answered the question
Topic and key concepts understood clearly
Clear and consistent argument
Use of evidence to support argument
Critical understanding of literature/texts
Organisation; Style; Presentation
logic and coherence of sentences and paragraphs
writing style (inc. conciseness)
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4
Participation Portfolio and Self-Assessment Sheet
What: Class participation is required to complete the course as participation is one of the assessment tasks. Classes are an important space to discuss readings and ideas from the course in a supportive environment with your peers and tutor. The tutorials and workshops will be predominantly student lead and we will experiment with a wide range of activities. There is a strong focus on listening to peers. We will ask you to self-assess your overall participation each week. Each week keep track of observations you have about readings, questions you want clarified, and contributions you are making in class activities.
When: A completed participation sheet is due on 26 May 2023, 11pm - submitted via Turnitin using word document on Wattle
How: Your participation will be graded and will count for 10% of the total mark for the course.
If you have an unavoidable appointment at the same time as your assigned class, you must make arrangements with your tutor to attend another class. If you genuinely have to miss a class , you may write an additional 300-word reading summary in lieu of attendance. However this must be arranged in advance of the, not after the class has been missed. If you miss more than three classes without explanation this will significantly affect your ability to pass this piece of assessment.
The following criteria will be taken into consideration:
Demonstration of preparation (i.e. completed the reading and demonstrated reflection upon it);
Demonstration of understanding of or engagement with the topic;
Raising relevant questions, points and challenges; and
Listening actively and responding to others in a constructive fashion.
More detailed information on tutorial participation assessment and hints on how to participate effectively are available on Wattle.
Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.
The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.
The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.
The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.
You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.
The paper for the take home exam should be uploaded by 23:00 on the due date. It will be counted as late if received after this time. If you are experiencing difficulties uploading your essay to Wattle, you must email your tutor immediately with your paper or essay attached.
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 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.
The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.
Assessments submitted online will be graded and returned online. Exam papers will not be returned.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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.
Resubmission of Assignments
Resubmission of assignments is not permitted unless stated in the specific assessment information sheet (available on wattle).
Distribution of grades policy
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Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
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- ANU Health, safety & wellbeing for medical services, counselling, mental health and spiritual support
- ANU Access and inclusion for students with a disability or ongoing or chronic illness
- ANU Dean of Students for confidential, impartial advice and help to resolve problems between students and the academic or administrative areas of the University
- ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre supports you make your own decisions about how you learn and manage your workload.
- ANU Counselling Centre promotes, supports and enhances mental health and wellbeing within the University student community.
- ANUSA supports and represents undergraduate and ANU College students
- PARSA supports and represents postgraduate and research students
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