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SY2022 - Family, Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Society

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

Family life, gender relations, and sexuality have been significant sites of concern, activism, and contestation for decades in Australia and internationally. For some, a greater diversity of family forms, changing relations between women and men, and an increasing tolerance of diverse sexualities have been signs of socio-cultural enlightenment. For others, the decline of the family, the erosion of traditional gender roles, and sexual permissiveness herald a more general unravelling of the social order. This subject places these differing perspectives in a sociological context and considers questions about what the changes mean for social justice, social cohesion, and the future of Australia.

Learning Outcomes

  • interpret the major changes to family life, gender relations, and sexuality, including how society understands these concepts, in Australia;
  • appraise the sociological concepts and arguments that are used in the field of families, gender and sexualities;
  • employ sociological concepts and be able to critique real life representations of families, gender, and sexualities.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (40%) - Individual
  • Participation > Online participation - (20%) - Individual
  • Multi-stage essay - 10% abstract, 30% essay - (40%) - Individual.
AN2111 AN3111 SY3022


Study Period 2, External
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coord/Lect: Dr Emma Maguire.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 13 hours online activity
  • 18 hours online Workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

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