GEND 3020 - Gender and Sexualities in the Digital Age

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2024

The age of globalisation, the internet, social media and digital culture has been marked by new forms and understandings of identities, and new social issues and problems, ranging from climate change to artificial intelligence. Feminist theory, critical men and masculinity studies, queer theory, feminist science and technology studies, intersectionality, and disability studies/crip theory are well-placed to help us understand this period in history, as these theories have often been at the forefront of efforts aimed at exploring identities, critiquing power relations, and imagining possible futures. Topics will feature voices from intersecting and diverse sexual and cultural identities, including First Nation Peoples, People of Colour, migrants and refugees. Students will have the opportunity to apply theory-based knowledge through an analysis of a variety of cultural texts and technologies, for example, digital or media platforms, creative works and performance, or scientific research and technological innovations. Along the way we will discover new ways to understand ourselves and society, new approaches to contemporary problems, and ideas for changing the world for the better.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GEND 3020
    Course Gender and Sexualities in the Digital Age
    Coordinating Unit Sociology, Criminology and Gender 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
    Incompatible GEND 3018
    Assessment Quizzes, Group Presentation, Essay, Participation
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Megan Warin

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1. Recognise critical theories, major debates and key theorists in gender and sexualities scholarship
    2. Understand and articulate the political and social dimensions of diverse sexual and gendered orientations
    3. Apply theoretical knowledge to contemporary social problems, issues and debates
    4. Challenge binaries that structure western thought around gender and sexuality, including sex/gender, man/woman,   homosexual/heterosexual
    5. Explore relationships between digital technologies, science, gender and sexualities
    6. Work with others in the exploration of ideas and to collectively negotiate solutions to problems
    7. Construct a clear well-argued paper in response to a research question

    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    1, 2, 3, 6

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    6, 7

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    An extensive list of further resources will be provided during semester. These include:
    1. A list of further readings on each topic through the Weekly Myuni module
    2. Resource guides on Harvard referencing and essay writing
    3. Assistance with finding library and digital research materials
    Recommended Resources
    As above.
    Online Learning
    MyUni course site including announcements, discussion boards, online activities, digital platform activities, recorded lectures, digitised readings, quizzes, assignment submission and further resources.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Online: All lectures for this course are online and can be watched in student's own time each week. Lectures will be short digital formats of up to 50 minutes each week. Opportunities for interaction within lectures are provided and lecture material is supported with online digital platform activites, discussion boards, and shared resources.

    Face to face: Workshops are in person each week. Workshops include extended group and self-guided learning, via discussion, case studies, peer research, collaborative problem-solving, independent and group projects and activities. You will have an opportunity to work collaboratively in small groups to present an informed analysis of your chosen topic. Guidance and support will be provided with your presentation from your tutors.

    Independent:library and digital research; developing skills in constructing arguments

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.


    Total Hours

    1 x 1 hr OL lecture per week 9 hours per semester
    1 x 2 hour workshop per week 22 hours per semester
    2 hours assignment prep per week 22
    6 hours reading per week 66
    2 hours research per week 22
    Total (including assessment prep)
    = 156 hours per semester


    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 1 Understanding and theorising gender and sexuality
    Week 2 Networked Masculinities and Social Media
    Week 3 Incels, Right-Wing Populism, and the Crisis of Masculinity
    Week 4 Intersectionalities in the Anthropocene
    Week 5 Queer and Trans Inhumanisms
    Week 6 Disability and Crip Theory
    Week 7 Platform Feminism in the Digital Age
    Week 8 Feminist Science and Technology Studies
    Week 9 New materialisms and body entanglements
    Week 10 Presentations
    Week 11 Presentations
    Week 12 Student consultation
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students do not need to have backgrounds in feminist theory nor scientific practice; the course is designed to work across a range of disciplines.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    Weekly Quizzes Summative


    20% LO 1-5, 8
    Group research presentation Summative End of Semester 30%;1000 words LO 1-8
    Essay Summative TBC 40% LO 1-5, 7, 8
    Participation Summative Weekly 10% LO 1-6, 8
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance: Students are required to attend weekly workshops. You do not receive marks for attending workshops; you receive them for participating in workshops (See Assessment Details).
    Written Assignments:All written assignments should be submitted as Word or pdf documents. All written assignments must be referenced in Harvard Style. Details are available on the library website.
    Assessment Detail

    Weekly quizzes will be based on weekly lectures/readings and activities. These will be conducted online via MyUni.

    Group presentation - In groups, students will select an issue/problem/situation that concerns gender or sexuality and create an online presentation on the issue.

    2000 word Essay - Students will complete an argumentative essay on a set topic covered in the course. Individual feedback
    will be provided to each student via MyUni.

    Participation - Students engage in interaction in class activities and the cooperative sharing ofmaterials and information.

    Assignments will be submitted online, and checked for plagiarism using Turnitin.
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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