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SEXH5407: Sex Gender and Sexuality

Semester 2 Early, 2020 [Block mode] - Westmead, Sydney

This unit will equip students to develop foundational knowledge and skills to work with gender and sexuality issues, including gender and sexual discourses and practices. Students will develop an understanding of sensitive practice skills to work with the sexual and gender diverse communities. The unit will introduce the social construction and attitudes in modern society regarding gendered violence, gendered inequality and gender performativity. Students will be able to formulate therapeutic applications to respond ethically and empathicly to the issues which present in sexual and gender diverse groups. On completion of the unit, students will be able to: (i) Demonstrate a foundational knowledge and sensitivity to work with gender and sexual diverse communities; (ii) Evaluate the psychosocial issues surrounding gender and sexual minorities in the community; (iii) Respond to issues related gendered violence; and (iv) Apply therapeutic skills and tools in response to gender and sexuality, including gender and sexual diverse individuals/communities.

Unit details and rules

Unit code SEXH5407
Academic unit Sexual Health
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Christopher Fox,
Lecturer(s) Amanda Robb,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Online task Discussion board participation
Online discussions
10% Ongoing Not applicable
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Reflective essay
Due date: 09 Nov 2020 at 17:00
3000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment Essay
30% Week 08
Due date: 25 Sep 2020 at 17:00
2500-3000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Presentation Oral presentation
Online oral presentation
30% Week 12
Due date: 29 Oct 2020 at 17:00
15 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO5 LO4 LO3

Assessment summary

You must attempt each assessment task in order to be graded for this unit of study. Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Please note, for this unit of study (SEXH5407) the late submission penalty will be 5% of the maximum awardable mark for 10 calendar days only. If the assessment is submitted more than 10 calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Overview Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 02 Sexual diversity Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 03 Sexual diversity Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 04 Gender identity Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 05 Gender identity Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 06 Gender and sexual violence Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 07 Gender and sexual violence Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 08 Working with the transgender community Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 09 Working with the transgender community Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 10 Working with the transgender community Independent study (10 hr)  
Week 11 Preparation for intensive Online class (10 hr)  
Week 12 Online intensive workshop (4 days) Online class (28 hr)  
Week 13 Assessment preparation Independent study (10 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance at the online intensive is compulsory for all students.


Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed on Canvas

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. have a foundational knowledge and sensitivity with gender terminology
  • LO2. evaluate various sexual differences and practices within gender and sexual diverse individuals and communities
  • LO3. explore the psychosocial issues surrounding gender and sexual minorities in the community
  • LO4. respond to issues related to gendered violence
  • LO5. apply therapeutic skills and tools in response to gender and sexuality, including gender and sexual diverse individuals/communities.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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