Course Title: Sex, Politics & Social Change in Asia

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sex, Politics & Social Change in Asia

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


335H Applied Communication


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr Glen Donnar

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8073

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 9.05.026

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

Successful completion of any three (3) of the following courses before you commence this course: COMM2138 Modern Asia; COMM1086 Mass Media in Asia; COMM2336 New Media, New Asia; COMM 1035 Asian Cinemas; COMM2345 Exploring Asian Popular Culture.


Alternatively you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. Further information:;ID=x94or0ccuu7k

Course Description

In this course you will examine issues concerning the intersection of gender, politics and social change in the context of a range of Asian societies. You will explore the relationships of gender with social and political transformation in Asia. Areas to be examined may include the role of gender within power, race, ethnicity, politics, identity, community, religion and postmodernity. These will be considered within the framework of localised political and cultural factors, as well as globalising forces.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

  • Identify and analyse key issues relating to sex and gender, politics, and social development and transformation in Asia.
  • Critically discuss the tension between modern and traditional gendered and sexual identities in Asia.
  • Analyse aspects of the relationship between power, gender, and social change in Asia.
  • Examine a range of emerging political, gender and social movements in contemporary Asian societies.

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. 

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: reflective response, 25% CLO1, CLO2, CLO3 and CLO4 

Assessment Task 2: Reflective Essay, 40%, CLO1, CLO2, CLO3 and CLO4 

Assessment Task 3: Project Pitch, 10% CLO1, CLO2, CLO3 and CLO4 

Assessment Task 3: Project presentation, 25% CLO1, CLO2, CLO3 and CLO4 


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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.