SOCY1060 – Gender, Sexuality and Society: An Introduction40.7
I took this course in Semester 2, 2020 and Dr Mair Underwood and Dr Jeff Parker were my lecturers. There isn't an option for 2020, so I randomly selected "Semester 1 - 2017". This course had a lot of interesting topics relating to sex, gender and sexuality within the society. There are a lot of aspects that we don't normally think of and bring about in daily life, but this course reinforces a lot of down-to-earth and fundamental research topics from the important differences and relationships between sex and gender and gender equality to how aspects of our lives are gendered. However, the lectures were not interactive, as the lecturers only monotonously read the slides. When it came to Dr Jeff Parker's lectures, it was absolutely boring. He seemed to have his own set of transcript and read through it during the whole lecture. Reading the lecture slides can replace lectures. The lecture materials and concepts were based on research from other scholars, and this course relied heavily on the course required reading materials. While there was no textbook for this course, the lecturers emphasised visiting the library website to access the reading materials for each week's topics. Although this course had a lot of interesting topics, the whole structure seemed very randomly set out. Some of the required readings do not really match with the key concepts of the lectures in the corresponding weeks. This course is heavily theory-based, and there are no practical activities throughout the whole semester to link and reflect some of the concepts to our experiences in daily lives. The final exam required the knowledge gained from all the lecture slides and the required reading materials. To answer the questions correctly, you need to ensure you use the correct terms and the meanings must be close enough to whatever is written in the lectures and the readings. The use of synonyms and having similar meanings can be considered as answering the questions wrongly. Therefore, this course is not an easy level 1 course.
Semester 1 - 2017
Is lecture attendance necessary?
Is the textbook necessary?
Interesting and down-to-earth topics
Underwood seems like a fun person to interact with.