Gender and Sexuality in Education

Course code EDUC6271Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

The purpose of this course is to develop students' understanding of theories of gender and the ways in which curriculum, pedagogy and school organisational practices traditionally serve to maintain dominant gender and sexuality expectations. The course highlights key debates in gender and schooling and explores pedagogies and other social practices that challenge dominant relations. It aims to alleviate gender and sexuality prejudice in schools by exploring what constitutes safe and healthy school environments.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesThis course provides students with the opportunity to:
1. develop a sophisticated understanding of key concepts, historical trends and contemporary issues related to gender and sexuality in education;
2. explore a range of social theories relating to issues of gender and sexuality in schooling; and
3. critically evaluate and apply key concepts and theories to educational "problems" framed in terms of gender and sexuality.
ContentThe following list indicates indicative course content:
1. Critical thinking about gender and sexuality
2. Social theory and key concepts in gender and sexuality and education
3. Historical and international trends in gender equity
4. Applying theory to contemporary issues in gender, sexuality and education
5. Reflecting on gender and sexuality, teaching practice and school reform
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNA
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : Paper Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsSelf Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssessment Item 1
An essay related to the course readings.
Examination: Take HomeAssessment Item 3
Take-home exam.
ProjectsAssessment Item 2
A project related to a contemporary social issue in gender and/or sexuality and education, with an emphasis on applying social theory and reflective practice.
Contact HoursTutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term