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GEND102 Bodies, Sexualities and Society

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Experiences of bodies, sexuality and identity, and the connections between them, in contemporary and historical settings, using New Zealand and international examples.

This paper explores connections between gender, bodies, sexualities and identities. We ask how gender affects our experiences and how sex can be understood as a social phenomenon, rather than merely an individual one. We look at the past and present and speculate on the future. The paper looks at a range of viewpoints and case studies, examining such issues as the representation and regulation of bodies; reproductive bodies; socially ambiguous bodies; old and new forms of sexual identity and practice; debates around sexual morality; and cybersex. We also ask questions about the broader political significance of these issues.

Paper title Bodies, Sexualities and Society
Paper code GEND102
Subject Gender Studies
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $929.55
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Schedule C
Arts and Music
This first-year paper is open to all students at Otago.

Teaching staff

Lecturer: Professor Chris Brickell

Paper Structure
Key topics:
  • Social bodies
  • Reproduction
  • Histories of sexuality
  • Contemporary debates around sexuality
Teaching Arrangements
There are two lectures per week and a weekly tutorial.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking.
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of the paper students should have a grasp of some of the complex interrelationships between bodies, sexualities and the construction of the self. Most importantly, students should have developed the ability to read critically and to articulate their ideas both verbally and in written form.

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 29-33, 36-39, 41
T2 Tuesday 15:00-15:50 29-33, 36-39, 41
T4 Thursday 09:00-09:50 29-33, 36-39, 41
T5 Thursday 12:00-12:50 29-33, 36-39, 41
T6 Thursday 14:00-14:50 29-33, 36-39, 41