SOCI404-20S1 (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 approval of the Head of Department.


Equivalent Courses

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 15:00 - (23/4-28/5)
Karl Popper 508 (20/2-19/3)
17 Feb - 22 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Tiina Vares


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Discourse Analytic Exercise 03 Apr 2020 30% Approx 2500 words
Research essay 29 May 2020 45%
Presentation of essay 28 May 2020 5%
Oral presentation 20%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,884.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 5 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

All SOCI404 Occurrences

  • SOCI404-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020