Foundations in Gender Studies - 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
  • Assessment: Essay 1 - Mid semester essay -1000 words (30%) , Essay 2 - End semester essay -1000 words (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit introduces students to fundamental theory used within gender studies to explore what it means to be male and female today, and what it has meant for past generations. Students will gain a sense of the complexity and significance of a number of key issues and debates (both local and global, past and present) that have arisen within the study of sex and gender. These include: body, image and power, the cultural and psycho-sexual dynamics of oppression and violence; ideas of equality at work, at home, and at school; and the changing nature of masculinity and femininity in Australia. The unit is interdisciplinary, with input from politics, education, history, philosophy and indigenous studies, as well as sociology and gender studies.

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

  1. identify the distinguishing features, figures and texts of Gender Studies as a field of study and investigate its points of connection and disconnection with the social movement of feminism
  2. explain the complexity of a number of key issues and the significance of cross-cultural dialogue in contemporary Gender Studies
  3. articulate a coherent, developed account of gender and power
  4. analyse and assess a variety of texts (print, oral, film, multimedia) and data sources critically within their historical, social and discursive contexts
  5. design a research question and formulate an original argument on a topic relevant to the field, using both academic and popular media resources.
  • Essay 1 — Mid semester essay -1000 words (30%)
  • Essay 2 — End semester essay -1000 words (30%)
  • Participation — contributions to discussion (10%)
  • Quizzes — 3 multiple choice questions (30%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to GENX110
5Equality and Difference
6Gendered Harm
8Politicians & Sexism
9Muslim Women, Feminism and Islamic Feminism
10Female Genital Mutilation
11IndigenousFamily Violence
12Gender & Education
13Conclusion of GENX110

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 a core requirement in the following courses:

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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