• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Gender Studies
  • Areas of interest Gender Studies

From the Stonewall Riots to SlutWalk, this course examines how and why sex and sexual imagery has come to occupy a central role in contemporary Western culture. It traces the development of discourses around sex, sexuality and feminism in order to establish a “sex critical” way of analysing cultural phenomena, especially  complex issues of gender and identity. What are the effects of sexual imagery in mainstream culture? Is sex empowering or disempowering? What do feminist and queer writers think about the current condition? This course explores the “sexualisation” of contemporary life starting with the second wave feminist and gay liberation movements of the 1970s onwards. It considers the impact of these early movements on subsequent feminist and queer perspectives and follows their continuing legacies and debates. Some of the topics the course covers include post-feminism, the pornography debates, the rise of raunch culture, issues surrounding consent and sex work, the impact of HIV/AIDS, the emergence of queer and trans identity politics, and the multi-dimensional linkages between race, sex, gender, sexuality and pleasure.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Analyse feminist and queer discourses that inform current representations of public sex and sexual practices;
2. Develop specific research skills through case studies using Gender Studies concepts, themes, and theoretical tools;
3. Develop advanced critical skills of argumentation, exposition, and reflection through sustained written and oral practices;
4. Critically reflect on your learning and research in relation to topics relevant to this course.

Indicative Assessment

Essay 1, 2500 words (45%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4
Essay 2, 2500 words (45%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4
Tutorial preparation and participation, 4-5 hours/week (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 4]
 

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 35 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 18 hours of lectures and 11 hours of tutorials and 6 hours of film screenings.
b) 95 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Preliminary Reading

Attwood, Feona, ed. Mainstreaming Sex: The Sexualisation of Western Culture. London: I.B. Tauris, 2009.
Levy, Ariel. Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture, Melbourne: Schwartz, 2005.
Siegel, Deborah. Sisterhood Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
Sullivan, Nikki. A Critical Introduction to Queer Theory. New York: New York University Press, 2003.

Fees

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

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Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and 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). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3360
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9034 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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