UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ASIA5094 Special unit: Gender and Power in Asia

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit examines the diversity of social relations between men and women in contemporary Asia. Students explore the links between gender, sexuality, class, ethnicity and national identities, and evaluate how the processes of development and globalisation shape gender relations in Asia. Key themes are power, resistance and the agency of women, and students study theories of power, resistance and agency. Feminist theories underlie the unit and students learn about women's movements in Asia. Students carry out research on topics such as women's movements, emergent sexual identities, industrialisation, family, courtship and marriage, gender and religion, migration for work and marriage, sex work, health care and contraception.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) explain that gender and gender relations are a social construction; (2) analyse the ways Asian societies are gendered, the relationships between gender and power, and hierarchies of femininities and masculinities; (3) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theories of power, resistance and agency; (4) demonstrate how people are shaped by gender ideologies (e.g. state and religious gender ideologies), as well as able to exercise agency according to their gender and culture; (5) analyse how gender operates in different contexts (e.g. in marriage, in work places, in migration) and in concert with other social principles such as class, nationality and ethnicity; (6) demonstrate knowledge of women's movements in Asia and their links to feminist activism; (7) evaluate the relevance of and problems associated with feminist theories when applied to Asian contexts; and (8) conceptualise a research question or problem, develop research skills and communicate their critical thoughts and findings in well-developed arguments, both oral and written and demonstrate that they can work productively in a team.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) tutorial participation; (2) written work; and (3) group project. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Laura Dales
Unit rules
Incompatibility: ASIA2208 Gender Relations in Asia; ASIA3004 Gender and Power in Asia
Contact hours 1x 2hr lecture per week; 1 x 1hr tutorial per week from week 2.

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