ANTH 2054 - The Sexual Body
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code ANTH 2054 Course The Sexual Body Coordinating Unit Anthropology and Development Studies Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study Incompatible ANTH 2016, ANTH 3016 Course Description This course explores how sexuality is understood and experienced cross-culturally. Utilising a variety of historical and cross-cultural frameworks and examples, it will investigate some central theories of sexuality in order to locate particular ideological, political, economic, religious, global and other influences on conceptualisations of human sexuality. In particular, it will examine ethnographic research that questions the 'natural' or given qualities of sexual bodies, identities, ideas and practices. In order to do this, the course will also examine what are often characterised as sexual abnormalities or aberrations in our own and other cultures, such as third genders and homosexual practices. The course will focus on taken for granted aspects of sexuality, especially those assumptions about gendered roles in sexual practices and ideas, the ways in which these may become naturalised, and how anthropology may provide useful ways to critically explore the corporeal and cultural bases of ideas and practices of sexuality. Finally, the course will explore the various ethical and practical problems that anthropologists of sexuality have encountered in specific ethnographic research, and the ways in which they have been able to shed light on more general problems in ethnographic research pertaining to power, reflexivity, and anthropological methodologies and theories.
Course Coordinator: Dr Alison Dundon
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1. To provide an understanding of the broad nature and theories of the anthropological analysis of cross-cultural sexualities.
2. To develop knowledge of and insight into key issues concerning the cross-cultural study of sexual cultures in anthropology.
3. To foster the ability to understand and apply key theoretical approaches to ethnographic representations of contemporary sexual practices, ideals and identities.
4. To develop the ability to critically evaluate central themes, propositions and concepts in the anthropology of sexuality.
5. To promote an interest and insight into the diversity of human sexual practices, relationships and beliefs.
6. To develop the skills to work collaboratively in teams as well as individually in a learning and research environment.
7. To foster an interest in and commitment to continuous learning and social scientific research in particular.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1, 2, 5 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
3, 4 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
7 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1, 2, 5 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
1, 2, 6
There is a complete set of links to the Essential and Supplementary Readings available online at the course MyUni site and a Book of Readings, which contains a copy of the Course Profile, and the essential readings for each seminar as listed in the Profile. There is also a detailed set of instructions and requirements for each assessment item and associated criteria marking sheet, including essay questions and examples of assessment items where possible and applicable. .
Recommended ResourcesFor those who wish to read beyond the essential readings for each week or for use in developing and researching assessments, supplementary readings have also been suggested for each week and will be available on MyUni or in Reserve or on databases at the Library.
Online LearningLectures will be recorded and made available on MyUni. Course lecture PowerPoints and additional notes or references will also be made available. All assessment items, requirements and examples (where possible) will also be made available on MyUni as will any adjustments made to lecture and tutorial times or locations (or cancellations), and other announcements
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
Course work is made up of three components: lectures, workshops and assessment items. Attendance at, and participation in, seminars is essential as is completion of all assessment requirements. Delivery of lectures will be based on a flexible format and may be delivered either face-to-face in the lecture hall, or pre-recorded each week and made available on MyUni. Components of pre-recorded lectures will also be integrated into seminars, for discussion and debate. These three integrated components are central for learning and development in this course.
There is a one hour lecture each week in this course, which is essential to your successful completion of the course. These lectures (whether pre-recorded, discussed in seminars or face-to-face) introduce and examine the central themes of the week’s topic and the information that you receive is vital for your participation in workshops as well as the successful completion of assessment requirements. In this course, we approach lectures as interactive spaces of learning and engagement with key issues raised in the course and as essential to the assessment items.
Students are required to attend a two hour seminar each week. Attendance at and participation in these seminars on a weekly basis is a primary requirement of this course. There are essential readings set for each seminar beginning from Week One, which are available on MyUni and in a book of readings. These readings are designed to complement the material debated and discussed in the lectures and are essential for participation. All students are expected to have read each week’s essential readings for the seminar. For those who wish to read further, supplementary readings have also been suggested for each week.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Contact Hours (3 Hours)
Lectures: 1 hour per week
Workshop: 2 hours per week
Research, reading and preparation for tutorials and assessment
Tutorial preparation (reading): between 3-4 hours per week
Preparation for assignments and reading supplementary readings: 5-7 hours per week (average)
Learning Activities SummaryWeek 1 - Sexual Lives & Cultures
Week 2 - Sexual Selves
Week 3 - Sexual Bodies
Week 4 - Research and preparation for Essay
Week 5 - Gendered Sexualities
Week 6 - Sexual Subjectivities
Week 7 - Sexuality, Desire & Love
Week 8 - Online Research Activity
Week 9 - Sexuality, Religion & Spirituality
Week 10 - Sexuality, Gender & Rights
Week 11 - Sexual Body Journal
Specific Course RequirementsStudents are required to attend a two hour seminar each week. Attendance at and participation in these on a weekly basis is a primary requirement of this course. Each student is required to attend a minimum number of seminars. Students who do not attend the minimum number of workshops, without just cause and/or medical/counselling certification, will receive 0% for the workshop participation mark.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceSmall Group Discovery is embedded throughout the course
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Course Leaning Outcome Shory essay Summative 30% 1, 2, 3 Seminar Participation Formative & Summative 10% 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 Seminar Activities Summative 20% 2, 5, 6 Course Journal Summative 40% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Assessment Related RequirementsThe assignments set for this course are an essay; seminar activities; seminar participation, and a course journal.
Students are required to attend a two-hour seminar per week. Attendance at and participation in these on a weekly basis is a primary requirement of this course. Each student is required to attend a minimum number of seminars in order to successfully complete the course and be eligible for the participation grade.
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SubmissionEssays and reports are to be submitted online via Course MyUni site. Please see the Course Coordinator as early as possible if you think that you may not be able to complete your essay or journal by the due date. Extensions will be assessed in terms of demonstrable physical or emotional hardship and should be accompanied by the appropriate documentation (medical or counsellor’s certificate for example) and be submitted through the MACA process. In the interest of justice for all students in the course, PENALTIES OF 2% PER DAY will be deducted from assignments submitted in without an approved extension.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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