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2013 HGA212 Love, Families and Sexuality

Unit Level: Intermediate

Available as a Student Elective: Yes

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See also   HGA312

SPECIAL NOTE: may be taken as a Gender Studies unit

Not Offered


Families are often seen in contradictory terms: as a natural unit and one that is in crisis. Family and intimate relationships are at the same time both intensely personal and political social entities. This unit explores the complex nexus between these two dimensions by examining the diversity of ways in which people and society define and live in intimate relationships, and how families link into broader social life and social change. The topics in this unit include: relationship types (e.g. divorce, singledom, de facto relationships, gay and lesbian partnerships); love, sex and commitment; children and parenting; balancing work and family; violence; money; connections across generations; and the laws, social policies and social discourses that interact and impact upon our own, and others', families.

In this unit, the social life of love, family and sexuality are examined primarily from an Australian perspective, but draw on theoretical and empirical literature and debates from other countries. This global context is important to show the strong similarities that exist across countries in this field and to also highlight those arenas, debates and patterns which are distinctively Australian.

This is an appropriate unit for those students aiming to work in social policy, social work, education or social research.

WEIGHT: 12.5%


HGA212: 2,000-word assignment (30%), short reading assignment (10%), final 2-hr exam (60%)
HGA312: 2,000-word assignment (30%), short reading assignment (10%), final 2-hr exam (60%)


Internal: 2 hrs lectures weekly, 1-hr tutorial fortnightly
Distance: online lecture recordings and suporting materials and 2 recommended study schools

Note: Class attendance may still be required

   Web supported - H
Online access to some part of this unit online is optional
   Web dependent - L,W,I,N
Some parts of this unit will be taught online
   Resource dependent teaching & learning - H,L,W,I,N
Independent study with provided resources replaces face-to-face or other classes (e.g. lectures)
   Flexible scheduling - W,I,N
Some classes will be held outside normal teaching hours; e.g. weekend blocks, summer schools etc
About Flexible Study Options

This unit includes specific international contexts/case studies.

Prereq 25% at level 100 in Sociology or equiv
M.Excl HMA252/352, HAF212/312


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