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ATS2906

Faculty of Arts

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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedSunway Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Sharon A Bong

Synopsis

This unit explores the intersections of genders, sexualities and religions within the cultural context of Southeast Asia. Within an inter-disciplinary framework, feminist and gender theories are critically applied to topics covered that include: fluidity of genders and sexualities in religion, narratives of becoming in the family, faith community and cyberspace, sexual citizenship in the national imaginary, construction of masculinities and femininities of those who inhabit border zones of being socially excluded/included, such as youth, migrants, sex workers and ascetics; and agency in revisiting the impasse of the universality versus cultural relativism of rights.

Objectives

On successfully completing this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Appreciate the pluralities of genders and sexualities and how they are shaped by cultures and religions practised in Southeast Asia;
  2. Analyse lived experiences of the socially excluded through the critical lens of feminist and gender theories;
  3. Develop independent research skills in under-researched areas of study and the ability to present a cogent argument in both oral and written formats.

Assessment

Essay (3000 words): 60%
Test (1500 words): 30%
Participation: 10%

Contact hours

One 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Gender Studies

Prerequisites

First year Arts sequence