AGS300 - Beyond Identity: Diversity in Action

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Gilbert Caluya

Students must complete four level 2 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 per week (livestreamed with recordings provided)
1 x 2-hour seminar per week

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

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


This unit focuses on identity, inclusion, diversity, gender and sexuality in real-world contexts. Students will learn how to critically analyse contemporary issues and problems and identify ways to address them. Case studies discussed in the unit are drawn from a wide range of practical settings, such the creative industries, government and public policy, activism and advocacy, education, and community and health sectors. Applying theoretical resources from feminist, queer, transgender and masculinity studies, this unit builds students’ capacity to translate complex ideas into action. Students will critically engage with writing, activist and archival material, policy documents and cultural texts, including film. The skills learned in this unit will equip students to lead change in their future workplaces, in their creative practice and in society in general.

For students studying the Gender and Sexuality Studies Major, this is one of four compulsory core units (the others are AGS101, AGS102, and AGS200). This subject 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

Draw upon a range of concepts and theories to produce a presentation that critically reflects on an issue or debate relevant to the representation, activism and/or the embodiment of gender and sexuality in contemporary society

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Apply ideas from relevant, scholarly research to assignment writing, to critically analyse how sexuality and gender is represented and discussed in different cultural contexts

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Identify and articulate possible solutions to political, social, cultural, and/or ethical issues linked to gender and sexuality and communicate these effectively

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving


Critically engage with gender and sexuality studies theories to analyse national and international approaches to representation, embodiment, politics and/or activism in relation to gender and sexuality

GLO8: Global citizenship


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: Writing Exercise  1600 words 
or equivalent
40% Week 5
Assessment 2: Presentation 800 words 
or equivalent
20% Week 11
Assessment 3: Research Report 1600 words
or equivalent
40% 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 AGS300
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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