AGS200 - Gender, Sexuality and Culture

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Trimester 3: Online

From 2025
Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Trimester 3: Online

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Gilbert Caluya
Trimester 3: Daniel Marshall
Cohort rule:Nil

Students must complete four level 1 units

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 class (livestreamed with recordings provided) 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 class per week (livestreamed with recordings provided)
1 x 2-hour seminar or equivalent per week


From popular music to online pornography, from contemporary hook up cultures to the #metoo movement, and from sexualised advertising to cultural expectations about what types of bodies are desirable, everyday culture is saturated with different expressions and experiences of sex, gender and sexuality. This unit draws on cultural studies research into diverse experiences and expressions of sexuality and gender, to examine how culture, sexuality and gender are produced, lived and studied as embodied forms of knowledge. From the 'invention' of the teenager to subcultural youth studies of the 1970s, and from girl studies to contemporary digital cultures, this unit examines a wide variety of diverse cultural enactments and practices linked to young people, gender and sexuality.

The unit's focus on cultural studies of sexuality and gender is explored through a combination of creative, critical, theoretical and historical resources, including advertising, writing, screen texts, music, art, archival materials and cultural practices of everyday life.

For students studying the Gender and Sexuality Studies major sequence, this is one of four compulsory core units (the others are AGS101, AGS102, and AGS300). This unit is also available as an elective for students who are not studying the Gender and Sexuality Studies major sequence.

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

Identify, describe, and critically reflect on the historical and cultural significance of key concepts in studies of sexuality and gender

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Identify, describe, and critically engage with representations of gender and sexuality in culture and society

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Apply critical thinking through the application of scholarly research to assess multiple perspectives on current affairs pertaining to gender and sexuality

GLO4: Critical Thinking

GLO5: Problem Solving


Employ communication skills in both oral and written form to convey complex ideas and arguments around contemporary issues to do with culture, gender and sexuality

GLO2: Communication


Work cooperatively and inclusively as part of a team to deliver a group-based report that defines and discusses the critical attributes of a key concept in the study of gender and sexuality

GLO5: Problem Solving

GLO6: Self-Management

GLO7: Teamwork


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: Exercise 1000 words
or equivalent
25% Week 5
Assessment 2 (Group): Group Assignment 1200 words
or equivalent
30% Week 9
Assessment 3: Essay 1800 words 
or equivalent
45% 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 AGS200
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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