Gender and Social Change

Course code SOCA6190
Not available in 2016


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.


Not currently available.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2015.

Learning Outcomes

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.


Topics 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.

Assumed Knowledge

Undergraduate degree majoring in a social science or related discipline.

Assessment Items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial tasks and participation in weekly seminars/participation in weekly discussion board forum

Essay: Essay 1

Essay: Essay 2

Contact Hours

Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

On campus students: Seminar Distance Education students: Email Discussion Group and Self Directed Learning.


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term