CULT415-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Sexuality, Gender and Identity

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


We have become a 'sexual story telling culture'. The sociologist Kenneth Plummer wrote this in 1995 to describe a change in late twentieth century western cultures: a shift in sexual storytelling, which had been private, to a proliferation of increasingly public sexual narratives. This trend has only intensified in the past two decades. This course will explore the cultural landscape of contemporary sexual 'story telling' with attention to how this intersects with gender, ethnicity and age.

The course focus on ‘sexual storytelling’ will include persistent stories of, for example, heteronormativity and sexual violence, as well as emerging and potentially transformative stories such as polyamory and ‘slut walk’. The focus on sexual stories will enable students to explore the construction of sexual identities and practices across a number of sites (e.g. popular culture, social media, health promotion and violence prevention campaigns). In order to gain a theoretical understanding of the social construction of sexuality, we’ll look at Michel Foucault’s The History of Sexuality and how this has informed feminist poststructuralist and queer approaches to sexuality and gender (which underpin the course). Students will learn how to do a Foucauldian Discourse Analysis, enhance their individual and group presentation skills, and be able explore a topic of their interest in a research essay.


Subject to the approval of the Head of Department


Equivalent Courses

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Tiina Vares


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Oral presentaion to class 20%
Presentation of Essay 28 May 2020 5%
Research Essay 29 May 2020 45% 5000
Discourse Analytic Exercise 03 Apr 2020 30% Approx 2500 words

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,884.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts .

All CULT415 Occurrences

  • CULT415-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020