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On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:
- Explain key concepts, issues and debates (local and global) introduced in the unit
- Analyse issues of everyday significance conceptually and theoretically
- Communicate insights, present complex ideas and debate constructively and effectively with peers
- Write coherently, logically and succinctly, while following appropriate academic and stylistic conventions
- Gender roles and family ideals
- The gender division of labour
- Marriage and divorce
- Domestic violence
- Socialisation of children
- Outsourcing of care labour
- Friends as family
You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- MAQ-GENX3020-Modern Families (No longer available)
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
Pre-requisite 40cp at 1000 level or above NCCW (2020 and onwards) GEND3020, GENX3020 and GEND2020 Modern Families,
- Other requirements -
Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
The family is full of paradoxes. While it is an intimate space of love, safety and nurturance, people frequently experience conflicts and even violence. The family and home are often considered private sites, but they are also popular topics of intense public debate and major targets of government intervention. In this unit, we examine the increasingly diverse ways in which family life is imagined and practised in contemporary societies. The focus is on how families are bound up with gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, class and nation-states. By exploring topics such as work-life balance, marriage and friends-as-family, students interpret the changing landscapes of families, and analyse the interlinkage between their personal lives and wider social and cultural changes. The knowledge and skills you gain in this unit will help you understand important current issues concerning families and generate ideas to build a just world.
- Class participation (20%)
- Quizzes (20%)
- Annotated bibliography and draft research question (20%)
- Research Essay (40%)