Foundations in Gender Studies - 2018

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: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Key concepts assignment 1 (30%) , Essay - Main Essay (40%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 809.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,059.00

What it means to be male or female varies with time and place. This variety is patterned, and tied up with the dynamics of power, with the distribution of resources and with cultural representations in a society’s gender order. Gender studies is an interdisciplinary intellectual project that seeks to understand patterned gender differences in social life, and how these differences shape human relationships and human experience at the individual level. This unit is an introduction to this project. We consider how gender has been theorised and researched, and explore how questions of gender are framed and investigated in a range of disciplines across the social sciences and humanities. Topics may include work, sexuality, war, media, literature, abortion, beauty and more. The unit can be taken as a one-off elective in any degree, or in pursuit of a major or minor in Gender Studies.

By the end of this unit it is anticipated you should be able to:

1. Identify the questions, theories and methods that characterise Gender Studies as an interdisciplinary field, in the context of its relationship with the social movement of feminism
2. Articulate some of the ways in which gender, sex and sexuality--and the other identities they intersect with--shape social structures and our lives
3. Articulate a coherent, developed account of gender and power
4. Think critically about gender-related social problems and their ethical, political and cultural consequences
5. Investigate the significance of cross-cultural dialogue in contemporary Gender Studies
6. Comprehend and analyse a variety of texts (print, oral, film, multimedia) and data sources critically within their historical, social and discursive contexts.
7. Demonstrate knowledge about Gender Studies in written and verbal communication
  • Assignment 1 — Key concepts assignment 1 (30%)
  • Essay — Main Essay (40%)
  • Participation (10%)
  • Quizzes (20%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Gender Studies
2Bodies, Brains and Binaries
31970s Feminisms
51970s Men's Movements and the Rise of Masculinity Studies
71970s Sexualities, Queer Theory and Paris is Burning
8Gender and Performativity
9Intersectionality and Third Wave Feminisms
10Intersex and Trans* Spectrums
11Gender and Intimacy
12Gender and Nation and Conclusions

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • 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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