Sex and Gender Matters - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Essay - Major Essay (55%) , Invigilated Exam (30%) - Learn more

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit was previously known as POL216 Sex and Gender Matters.

This unit covers normative and theoretical perspectives on sex and gender - and why these matter for life, happiness and justice. The perspectives are examined through topics including: gender and nature; science of gender difference; masculinities; divisions of paid and unpaid work; politics of sexuality; gender and security; and gender and development. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own gendered positions and to link the personal and familiar with the political and structural.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. understand key debates over the extent to which gender and sexuality are socially constructed
  2. be familiar with and able to utilise key concepts and frameworks for analysing gender relations in a range of settings
  3. understand the transformative projects of feminist and sexual liberation/rights movements.
  • Essay — Major Essay (55%)
  • Invigilated Exam (30%)
  • Online Discussion — Participation (15%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

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:

  • POL216 — Sex and Gender Matters

Level 2 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area. Students must have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA units) at Level 1 before enrolling in this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Sex and gender
2Gender and nature
3Science of gender difference
5Paid work
7Politics of sexuality
9Gender and heroics
10Gender and development

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement 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).

Enquire online

Need to ask a question that's best put down in words?
Make an online enquiry.

Enquire now

Ready to enrol?

Start studying this unit now.


Got a question?

Get an answer from one of our friendly Student Advisors.