• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Gender Studies
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Sociology, Public Health, Criminology

This course investigates intersections between young people, sex and consent across diverse disciplines and contexts. Relationships between sex, consent, gender, class and criminalisation are also studied as well as social and biological understandings of young people and sexual development. The course interrogates how young people and sex are thought together and apart, making links to themes in education, criminology, sociology, gender studies and public health. Methodological and ethical issues in the study of young people, sex and consent are also considered, and, the ways that they shape education and research. Attention is also focused on how young people think of themselves as sexual and gendered subjects, and, on the role of pleasure and desire in education about young people, sex and consent.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand and discuss key ideas related to young people, sex and development;
  2. analyse and apply interdisciplinary understandings of young people, sex and consent in health, criminology and education;
  3. develop understanding of major theoretical and transdisciplinary debates about young people, sex and consent; and
  4. critically analyse methodological and ethical issues associated with research related to young people and sex.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research Proposal, 2000 words equivalent (45) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Take Home Exam, 2000 words (50) [LO 2,3,4]
  3. Tutorial Participation (5) [LO 1,2]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 34 hours of contact over 12 weeks:

b) 96 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements


Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 6 units of 1000 level Sociology (SOCY), Criminology (CRIM); or with permission of the convenor.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable

Preliminary Reading

The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Sexuality Education, Allen and Rasmussen

Sex, Power and Consent: Youth Culture and the Unwritten Rules, Anastasia Powell

Sex, Ethics and Young People, Moira Carmody

The Fear of Child Sexuality: Young People, Sex and Agency, Steven Angelides

Making Sense of Sexual Consent, Mark Cowling and Paul Reynolds

The Limits of Consent: Sexual Assault and Affirmative Consent, Lisa Featherstone, Cassandra Byrnes and Jenny Maturi

Global Perspectives and Key Debates in Sex and Relationships Education: Addressing Issues of Gender, Sexuality, Plurality and Power, Helen Saunston and Vanita Sundaram

Digital Media, Friendships and Cultures of Care, Paul Byron

Assumed Knowledge

Not applicable


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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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
7970 27 Jul 2026 03 Aug 2026 31 Aug 2026 30 Oct 2026 In Person N/A

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