Gender and Social Change

Course code SOCA6190Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Offers a challenging perspective on gender, women and social change in a cross-cultural context. It begins with an introduction to contemporary theories which inform social change, then moves to consider a number of case studies of gender and social change in a variety of settings. Themes include: women and education, labour force restructuring, comparison of female and male engagements in the workforce, and changes to family structures.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesThe course will introduce students to key issues in social change. The aim will be to explore significant theories of gender in relation to social change. Upon completion students will be able to demonstrate:
1. An understanding of the different approaches used to study gender.
2. An understanding of different theoretical perspectives on the relationships between gender and social change.
3. An ability to critically analyse social practices and cultural representations of gender.
4. Skills in writing academic essays, giving oral presentations, and policy research.
ContentTopics to be addressed may include:
1. Contemporary perspectives on women and social change.
2. Case studies in cross-cultural contexts.
3. Feminist theories which inform social change and development.
4. Women and education.
5. Labour force restructuring.
6. Changes to family structures.
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable.
TransitionNot applicable.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeUndergraduate degree majoring in a social science or related discipline.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : Paper Based
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay 1 - 1,500 words, 35%.
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay 2 - 2,500 words, 45%.
Group/tutorial participation and contributionParticipation: Class/Discussion board

Oral/Discussion board presentation: 20%.
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Email Discussion Group: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SOCA6190