Gender, History and Culture - 2016

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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 2016: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Invigilated Exam (35%) , Online Discussion (25%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit helps you to think about your own identity in a world that is increasingly difficult to negotiate in terms of your own desires and goals. It examines how family and culture make us who we are; it considers the importance of whether others approve of the partners we select as we develop a sexual identity and it highlights the ways in which ideas about femininity and masculinity (gender) change through time.

By using television as a case study, this unit examines the ways in which our values and ideas about gender are shaped and guided by the programs that we watch. How real is reality television? How much does it matter what we watch? What role does power have in relationships in private and public spaces? It then allows you to work with photographic images from your own life to examine how these ideas are put into practice in the world around you. Students often say this unit is one of the few that can really change the way you think about life, learning and yourself! Do you dare?

The exam in this unit has an image of partial nudity. It is expected that students engage with the image critically whether or not they approve of the use of this image

This unit looks at the historical and cultural construction of categories of gender and sexual difference through contemporary visual technologies. It examines the implications of the meanings of gender in the organisation of social relations.

  • Invigilated Exam (35%)
  • Online Discussion (25%)
  • Portfolio (40%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

2Explore the concepts of gender and identity
3Define culture
4Examine history as a practice & as a discourse
5Case study one: television
6Case study two: photography

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

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  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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