ALL326 - Gender, Sexuality and Texts for Young People

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online, CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Kristine Moruzi

Successful completion of at least one second year English - Literature or Gender and Sexuality Studies unit



Incompatible with:

ALL226, ALL626

Typical study commitment:

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

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

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

Scheduled learning activities - online:

Independent and collaborative learning activities including: 1 x 1-hour class (online) per week, 1 x 2-hour seminar or equivalent per week


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


Both traditional and new media texts incorporate representations of the child that are gendered, sexualised, pathologised and commodified. In this unit, students critically engage with a range of texts representing the child as embodied subject, and research and respond to the politics of representation. Building on their understanding of narrative theory, ideology, power and identity as they operate in literature and other textual forms, students investigate how texts intervene in the construction of the embodied child as a gendered and sexual subject. 

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 apply concepts and theories pertaining to gender, sexuality and embodiment in the various social, cultural and ethical contexts in which children's texts are produced and consumed

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO8: Global citizenship


Construct clear, logically-structured, grammatically correct written work, which observes the academic conventions of accurate citation and referencing of secondary sources

GLO2: Communication


Locate and access e-readings available on CloudDeakin, and show judgment in the location and selection of appropriate scholarly material via the library and web, and use these materials in assessments as instructed

GLO3: Digital literacy


Critically analyse prose and visual texts, using evidence from the primary text and secondary research to support interpretation.

GLO4: Critical thinking


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Online quiz 600 words
or equivalent
15% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 - Written exercise 1400 words 35% Week 6
Assessment 3 - Critical essay 2000 words 50% 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 ALL326
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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