Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitHistory
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Professor Bain Attwood


Previously coded HSY3410


This unit will examine the changing nature of sexuality in Australia, Britain and North America during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The main topics will be the construction of masculinity and femininity, courtship and marriage, family and kinship, birth control, regulation in the private and public spheres, heterosexuality and homosexuality, the theorisation of sex, sexual reformers and sexual liberation movements.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be expected to have:

  1. Understood the key theoretical concepts used by scholars in the field of the history of sexuality.
  2. Understood the major historiographical debates in the field.
  3. Grasped the nature of the key changes in sexuality in the period covered by the unit.
  4. Conducted research into a particular area of the history of sexuality.


Document exercise (1000 words): 20%
Research essay (2500 words): 40%
Test (1000 words): 30%
Tutorial partcipation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

2-3 hours per week

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


Two gateway units in History or permission