Defining Women: Social Institutions and Cultural Diversity - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (20%) , Essay 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit introduces you to the ways that women have found a place in western society and the issues that are relevant to their struggle to find a balance between work and family since feminism has made more choices possible for men and women. It also considers whether all women want the same things. What about women who come to Australia from other non-Western countries? What about our own Indigenous women? What impact does feminism have on their lives? What issues do they face inside and outside feminism?

This unit invites you to expand your horizons so that you understand how society shapes identities through social institutions such as family, work, the law and medicine. Students say this is a rewarding unit that helps them understand diversity. You need access to a computer once or twice a week to successfully complete this unit. If your circumstances genuinely make this impossible, you may negotiate an alternative form of assessment.

The unit introduces students to women's studies, debates and texts through Australian writing and examples wherever possible. Male and female students will quickly become aware of the relevance of women's studies for understanding their own life situation and experiences.

  • Essay 1 (20%)
  • Essay 2 (30%)
  • Online Discussion (25%)
  • Quiz (25%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1nEquality and social institutions
2Indigenous women
3Women's health
4Women & cultural diversity
5Maternity: cross cultural Issues and practices
6Sexualities in families

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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