Naughty Boys, Bad Girls: Gender and Discipline at Home and at School - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment - Two summaries (30%) , Participation (10%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit was previously known as SGY355 Naughty Boys, Bad Girls: Gender and Discipline at Home and at School.

The focus of the unit is on discipline and punishment as these are directed towards children and teens at home and at school. It combines the sociology of education with the study of gender in early childhood, adolescence and youth. What are the problems faced by young people and their parents and teachers? What are the best strategies for managing them, and tools for understanding them? Fairy tales and children's books, TV and film, expert advice and self-help manuals are explored alongside the sociological, educational, psychological and gender studies literature offering insight into the behaviour of boys and girls today.

The desired learning outcomes of this unit relate to the knowledge, skills, competencies and attitudes of those students who successfully complete it within the OUA course. Students will:

  1. become familiar with key theoretical texts that are relevant to unit concerns
  2. learn to apply a critical and analytical approach to popular wisdom on the behaviour and management of young children and teens
  3. become active and independent learners, able to work productively and creatively in small groups
  4. gain a practical knowledge of how to research a variety of texts in public circulation, including news reports and self-produced web pages or DVDS, evaluate their content and engage with it effectively
  5. gain an understanding of the relationship between forms of knowledge and forms of everyday living as well as generic skills in a range of areas: communications; critical analysis; critical self-awareness; cross-cultural awareness; research; creative thinking; problem solving; technical; leadership, collaborative and interpersonal skills.
  • Assignment — Two summaries (30%)
  • Participation (10%)
  • Project (20%)
  • Research Essay (40%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • SGY355 — Naughty boys, bad girls: Gender and discipline at home and at school

You must complete Level 1 and 2 studies in Sociology before starting this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Sociological accounts of disciplinary regimes
2Sociological accounts of childhood
3Psychological accounts of early childhood
4Naughty boys and girls: fairy tales and children's literature
5Naughty boys and girls: expert manuals and self help books
6Naughty boys, bad girls: TV
7Naughty boys, bad girls: film
8Naughty boys and girls: primary school
9Naughty boys, bad girls: high school
10Bad boys: delinquency and gangs
11Bad girls: delinquency and sexual relations
12Bad boys, bad girls: sexual harassment at school and on the beach
13The gender of parental and educational exercises of authority

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

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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