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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Malaysia


Associate Professor Sharon A Bong



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit explores key debates, issues and concerns related to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in global contexts, with a focus on Asia-Pacific. Key international documents that SRHR concepts are drawn from include gender-specific texts such as: the International Conference on Population and Development, Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, Beijing Platform for Action, UN Millennium Development Goals and The Yogyakarta Principles (The Application of Human Rights Law, in relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity). The unit covers topics across multidisciplinary fields of study and diverse social-cultural contexts, such as: bodily integrity, gender-based violence, genders and sexualities, HIV and AIDS and reproductive justice. The unit also explores the cross-cutting nature of SRHR in less researched areas of concern, such as, poverty, food sovereignty, security and disaster, climate justice, labour and migration and political and religious fundamentalisms.
The unit aims to enable students to critically engage with highly contemporary debates on SRHR, particularly on how it impacts youth and adolescents and to make informed and reflexive decisions on SRHR matters in their own lives. It also enables students to understand broader implications of SRHR in terms of synergising local practices and global visions.


1, Identify key issues of sexual and reproductive health and rights in global contexts, with a focus on Asia-Pacific;
2. Relate key issues of sexual and reproductive health and rights to your lived reality;
3. Apply key concepts learned to produce a solution to a problem related to sexual and reproductive health and rights;
4. Examine debates on sexual and reproductive health and rights and differentiate approaches to realising the aims of SRHR in local contexts;
5. Devise a role play that synthesises your understanding and assessment of SRHR;
6. Communicate perceptively, effectively and with cultural sensitivity and develop collaborative skills;
7. Demonstrate ethical values, cross-cultural competency as a responsible and effective global citizen.


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