Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSociology
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Kirsten McLean


Previously coded SCY2031


This unit will investigate the meaning and construction of sexualities in Western culture, using a range of theoretical approaches; explore the relationship between gender and sexuality; investigate the regulation of sexuality through a variety of social institutions; explore a range of areas such as sex education, sexual relationships and intimacy, sexual identities, gender identities, prostitution, pornography and sexual health; and examine the cultural representation of various sexualities and the impacts of these representations.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will have:

  1. Become familiar with a range of theoretical understandings of sexuality in Western society.
  2. The ability to use these approaches to analyse a variety of areas in which sexuality is experienced in social life.
  3. An understanding of the diversity of sexual desires, practices and identities.
  4. Increased awareness of the gender differences in perceptions and experiences of sexualities.
  5. An understanding of the range of social institutions that reinforce and challenge notions of sexuality.


Response Paper (450 words): 10%
Research Essay (2250 words): 50%
Examination (2-hours): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

One 2-hour seminar per week

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


A first-year sequence or permission