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Sex and Gender Matters (POL226)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description The unit explores theoretical approaches to sex, gender and sexuality - especially feminist approaches and those influenced by feminism and its transformative politics. Students are invited to critically examine: biological theories of sex, gender and sexuality; feminist contributions to social and political theory and social change; and how gender equality is best promoted in policy and practice. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own gendered positions, and to link the personal and familiar with the structural and political.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1. Critically appraise the sex-gender distinction.
2. Identify and employ different theoretical approaches to sex, gender and sexuality.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the intersections of gender, sexuality, race and class.
4. Translate learning into policy recommendations to promote gender equality.
5. Communicate clearly and coherently, both orally and in writing.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures, tutorials and on-line discussion.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is designed to encourage critical reflection on social norms regarding sex and gender, and the intersecting personal and structural dimensions of these. The lectures and readings for weekly topics are the resources for this critical reflection and for class discussions.
Assessment Online Forum - 10% (external only) Critical Review - 20% Major Essay - 40% Exam - 30% (external only)
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have completed POL216 Sex and Gender Matters may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Notes This is a University-Wide Breadth Unit. If this unit is taken as a Core or Specified Elective unit in a student's major or minor, it cannot also be used to satisfy the University-Wide Breadth Unit requirement.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Criminology + Global Security [Combined] (BCrim)+(BGS) [New in 2019]
International Aid and Development (BA) [New in 2019]
Sociology (BA)
Appears in these Co-Majors International Aid and Development
Appears in these Minors Gender Studies
International Aid and Development
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Dr Annette Watkins
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MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Annette Watkins
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