Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Arts and Social Sciences, Malaysia
OfferedMalaysia Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Sharon A Bong


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.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students should 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.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.