Sex Gender and Sexuality (SEXH5407)

UNIT OF STUDY

This unit will provide the student with an understanding of the biological basis of sexual development from foetus to adulthood and the socio-cultural factors that determine their expression; sensitise the student to the terminology of gender discourse and an overview of the range of gender and sexual differences and practices in the community and associated psychosocial issues. At the end of this unit students will be able to: (i) Demonstrate an understanding of the terminology used in gender discourse. (ii) Describe the biology of sexual development from fetus to adolescence and an understanding of the psychological and social factors that influence the process. (iii) Describe syndromes of atypical sexual development and demonstrate an understanding of the medical, psychosocial and ethical concerns in the management. (iv) Demonstrate an understanding of the biological, social and psychological factors that influence the expression of gender identity and sexual orientation in the community. (v) Explore the Social and Psychological issues surrounding gender minorities in the community. (vi) Discuss the social support systems and needs of gender minorities and their importance to wellbeing and quality of life. (vii) Evaluate the legal and ethical concerns and problems faced by gender minorities in a global context. (viii) Identify and prioritise research issues in the area of sex and gender.

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Classes

On-line (1x2hr lecture and 2x1hr group disc and 1x1hr tutorial)/week plus block/intensive mode 4 days 9am-5pm

Assessment

2x Group work tasks (15%, 15%); Quiz (20%); 2x 1500 word Assignments (20%, 20%); Discussion board involvement (10%).

Textbooks

Sexuality Now: Embracing Diversity (2009) Third Edition ed Janell L Carroll Thomson Wadsworth.

Faculty/department permission required?

No

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