AGS101 - Sex and Gender: Ideas That Changed the World

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Trimester 3: Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Rachel Fetherston
Trimester 3: Daniel Marshall
Cohort rule:Nil


Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - on-campus unit enrolment:

1 x 1-hour lecture (online) per week, 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 1 x 1-hour lecture (online) per week, 1 x 2-hour seminar or equivalent per week


Approaching sex, sexuality and gender not as unchanging, universal facts, but as ideas that vary and develop, this unit will help you make sense of different ways of thinking about gender and sexual diversity by providing you with an essential introduction to key ideas, writers and thinkers in gender and sexuality studies. Students will develop skills to critically analyse diverse expressions of gender and sexuality in everyday culture and a range of textual forms, including writing, screen texts, advertising, and historical/archival materials. Topics in this unit include feminism in popular culture, changing understandings of masculinity and heterosexuality, LGBTIQ rights movements and activism, decolonising approaches, and contemporary controversies in sex, sexuality and gender.

This unit provides students with critical skills to better understand and analyse the diversity of gender and sexuality in a wide range of contexts, including in popular culture, personal relationships, the creative arts, humanities research, politics and a range of workplace contexts including education, healthcare, psychology, law, marketing, criminology and social policy.

For students studying the Gender and Sexuality Studies major, this is one of four compulsory core units (the others are AGS102, AGS200, and AGS300). This unit is also available as an elective for students who are not studying the GSS major.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Identify and critically reflect on representations and expressions of sex, gender and sexuality in everyday culture and a variety of textual forms including literary and screen texts forms

GLO4: Critical thinking


Recognise a range of key ideas and thinkers in gender and sexuality studies and use these resources in developing their own critical perspectives

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Develop and express written arguments about textual representations of sex, gender and sexuality

GLO5: Problem solving


Develop communication skills in relation to discussions of sex, gender and sexuality

GLO2: Communication


Develop self-management skills in relation to critical reflection and research regarding sex, gender and sexuality and participation in relevant discussions

GLO6: Self-management


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: Quiz 1400 words
or equivalent
35% Week 5
Assessment 2: Portfolio 1400 words
or equivalent
35% Week 9
Assessment 3: Essay 1200 words
or equivalent
30% Week 12

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via AGS101
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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