The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


The course offers social science perspectives on gender and social change. These include feminist perspectives, different agents and their social and cultural perspectives, as well as cross-cultural settings and contexts. The course 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.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2019


  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of different social science approaches used to study gender and social change.

2. Investigate different theoretical perspectives on the relationships between gender and social change.

3. Critically analyse social practices and cultural representations of gender.

4. Demonstrate advanced skills in writing academic essays.


Topics to be addressed may include:

1. Contemporary perspectives on women and social change.

2. Ethnographic social science 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

Online Learning Activity: Seminar/ Online exercises (20%)

Essay: Essay 1 (35%)

Essay: Essay 2 (45%)

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


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 Online students: Online Discussion Group and Self Directed Learning.