An Introduction to Gender Studies

Course code GEND1600Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Gender will be addressed in terms of its modern historical origins and constructions in the West. The historicity of gender is examined via a study of modernism through to postmodern and poststructural definitions and debates. The course will focus on issues such as feminism; difference and equality; social and cultural specificities; traditions of power; sex and gender; essentialism and constructionism.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesThis course aims to provide students at an introductory level with the opportunity to:-
1. gain a preliminary knowledge of Gender Studies by developing a sound, interdisciplinary-based introduction to the study of gender in the Western world

2. research and evaluate the impact of Gender Studies by:
2.1 perceiving and developing connections between Gender Studies and other courses they are studying
2.2 studying and considering the relevance of Gender Studies in relation to the contemporary world

3. establish and development effective communication skills in:
3.1 oral communication
3.2 written communication

4. establish and augment effective research skills by:
4.1 learning the requirements for independent research
4.2 developing the ability to communicate the products of research in a clear, concise and analytical manner
Content* Gender in History: The 20th Century
* The Feminist Debate:
Women and the State;
Women in the Workforce;
Women at Home;
Philosophical and Proactive Writings
* The Gay Rights Movement:
Social Activism;
The Intellectual Culture;
Gay Rights and Feminism
* Gender and Language
* Gender and Social Policy
* Gender and Creativity
Replacing Course(s)HUMA1600 An Introduction to Gender Studies
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsOne Tutorial Paper 1200 words = 25%
Essays / Written AssignmentsOne Tutorial Paper 1200 words = 25%
Essays / Written AssignmentsOne Essay: 2500 words = 50%
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term