POLIS 2102 - Politics of Gender & Sexuality
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code POLIS 2102 Course Politics of Gender & Sexuality Coordinating Unit Politics and International Studies Term Semester 2 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 POLI 2102 Course Description The course will provide a comprehensive, accessible and lively overview of key frameworks, debates and policy issues in the expanding fields of Gender and Sexuality Studies in a national and international context. Gender and Sexuality are crucial, interrelated, aspects of human life and are critical to understandings of forms of power in societies. Moreover, ideas in these fields are decidedly at the `cutting edge? of contemporary socio-political thought and public policy. Yet issues of gender and sexuality are often equated with either women or non-heterosexual issues. By contrast, this course attends to Feminist, Masculinity and Sexuality Studies, and considers gender and sexuality in terms of citizenship and identity as they impact on the lives of men and women across the world. The course will firstly deal with theoretical frameworks and debates, including constructions of gender, the significance of biology, the `sex wars? in contemporary culture, theorising pleasure/desire, the interrelationship between gender and sexual identities, and the treatment of gender and sexuality within media and popular cultural forms such as film. Secondly, the course will consider a range of international questions (such as human rights, global legal matters, and media representations), as well as national concerns (such as issues of political representation, sexual education and heterosexuality, same-sex marriage, and transgender identities). The aim is to provide a short but thorough guide to these two interrelated fields.
Course Coordinator: Adjunct Professor Christine BeasleyProfessor Chris Beasley is the coordinator for POLIS 2102. Professor Carol Johnson is co-teacher for the course.
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.The two lectures for POLIS 2102 are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11am.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Provide students with a critical introduction to the major concepts and debates encountered in socio-political thinking relating to gender and sexuality
2. Ensure students are aware of a range of approaches to the topics under discussion enabling them to reflect critically on the character of political concepts and issues
3. Help students to increase their ability to develop and express their viewpoints, both orally and in writing and to engage confidently in public debate
4. Ensure students have a solid grounding in essay writing and tutorial participation
5. Build students’ capacity to undertake independent research in the field of gender and sexuality studies
6. Develop students’ ability to produce analytically sophisticated, well substantiated and cogently argued written material
7. Express oral arguments in a way that demonstrates a tolerance for other points of view and an understanding of different life experiences and personal sensitivities.
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, 5,6 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
1,2,4,5,6 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
3,4,7 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
3,5,6,7 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
7 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
Required ResourcesStudents are required to make use of the POLIS 2102 CourseGuide, which will be available online and available for purchase in hardcopy. Students are strongly recommended to purchase the hardcopy in order to have a full set of the Set Readings for the course.
Recommended ResourcesThe CourseGuide/Reader entails a collection of Set Readings for the course. Additional readings will be recommended during the course in the context of specific topics.
Online LearningLectures will be recorded and placed online. The course materials and assessment activities will also be online.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course involves Lectures and Tutorials which make use of face-to-face and online resources and activities. The tutorials also include SGDE (small group discovery experiences) involving discussing and presenting materials in small groups which are maintained throughout the course.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.WORKLOAD TOTAL HOURS
2 x 1-hour lectures per week 24 hours per semester
1 x 1-hour tutorial per week 12 hours per semester
6 hours reading per week 72 hours per semester
2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester
2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester
TOTAL = 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities SummaryLECTURE AND SEMINAR PROGRAM 2012
WEEK LECT: TUES LECT: THURS TUTE TOPIC
Orientation lecture—overview of structure and assessment
Understanding the field (terms, definitions, etc)
Gender: does it still matter?
Gender and Sexuality: distinct but overlapping fields
Sexuality and political theory
Debates 1: Nature to Social Construction
Heteronormativity and Queer theory
Debates 2: Sex wars—‘ sex critical'
Studying Sex: sex research, results in Australia
HeteroSex in Popular culture: porn and romance on film
GLBTI and Popular culture: representations in film and tv
Gender and Popular culture: women on screen
Policy 1: Marriage law
Policy 2: Heteronormative Citizenship
Mid Semester Break Sept Monday 18-Friday 29
ESSAY due Monday Sept 25th
Policy 3a Comparative Politics of same-sex relations
Policy 3b Comparative Politics of same-sex relations
Policy 4: Sexual health
Policy 4: Sexual health ed/promotion
Policy 5: Prostitution and law
Policy 6: Pornography
Current issues around gender and work
New directions: gendered and sexual bodies, intimacies and ‘utopias’
13 Oct 29:
NO LECTURE—Consultations Oct 31:
Small Group Discovery ExperienceThis course involves ongoing small group work (4-6 students) within the tutorial context in which students analyse, discuss, debate and verbally present material in groups and that activity is included as summative assessment within the existing tutorial participation mark, and formally named as a SGDE component,
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Assessment Summary1500 word short paper - 30% weighting
3000 word essay: major research essay - 50% weighting
Participation: students engage in interaction in class activities and sharing of materials and information, including SGDE - 20% weighting.
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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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