Sexuality in a criminal justice curriculum : a study of student conceptualisations of gay identity

Hayes, Sharon L. & Ball, Matthew J. (2009) Sexuality in a criminal justice curriculum : a study of student conceptualisations of gay identity. Journal of Australian Studies, 33(3), pp. 273-287.

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Heteronormative discourses provide the most common lens through which sexuality is understood within university curricula. This means that sexuality is discussed in terms of categories of identity, with heterosexuality accorded primacy while all 'others' are indeed 'othered'. This article draws on research carried out by the authors in a core first year university ethics class, in which a fictional text was introduced with the intention of unpacking these discourses. An ethnographic study was undertaken where both students and teachers engaged in discussions over, and personal written reflections on, the textual content. In reporting the results of that study this article uses a post-structural framework to identify how classroom and textual discourses might be used to break down socially constructed categories of sexuality and students' conceptualisations of non-heterosexual behaviour. It was found that engaging in discussion in the context of the fictional text allowed some students to begin to recognise their own heteronormative views and engage in an informed critique of them.

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ID Code: 27144
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: heteronormativity, sexuality, pedagogy, discourses, otherness
DOI: 10.1080/14443050903079672
ISSN: 1444-3058
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified (130299)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > OTHER STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (169900) > Gender Specific Studies (169901)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > PHILOSOPHY (220300) > Poststructuralism (220317)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Taylor and Francis
Deposited On: 01 Sep 2009 00:15
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 03:49

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