Course Title: Reading Sex and Race

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Reading Sex and Race

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Rebecca Hill

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2985

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email for an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to literary and philosophical representations of sex and race and the theoretical perspectives with which to analyse them.

You will draw on these theories to engage in close readings of texts that blur the boundary between philosophy and literature. You will investigate how dominant forms of sex and race function in literary and philosophical representation, and how dominant representations depend on the marginalisation and exclusion of sexed and raced others. The range of texts selected challenge dominant representations of sex and race in literature and philosophy.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Describe categorisations of sex and race, and their representation in a range of textual works.
  2. Identify and apply theoretical perspectives on the representation of sex and race to the analysis of texts.
  3. Investigate the relationship between dominant modes of representation and the marginalisation and exclusion of sexed and raced others.
  4. Critically discuss political implications for different groups of people from the representations of sex and race.

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcome:

  • Identify, evaluate and critically analyse cultural, historical and theoretical practices which contextualise your professional practice and further study.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities which may include project work, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, individual and group activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include written and oral reports, reflective papers, creative projects and presentations, individually and in groups.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: Assessment

Assessment Task 1 - Reading and Listening Exercise 30% Individual [Linked CLO 4] 

Assessment Task 2 - Seminar Questions 30% Individual [Linked CLOs 1, 2, 3]

Assessment Task 3 - Essay 40% Individual [Linked CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4]