UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

GEND1901 Gender in Australia

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 option in the History major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 1 elective
Content This unit aims to give students an understanding of the contemporary gender order in Australia, by examining its links to the past, as well as its links to other manifestations of privilege or disadvantage such as class and race. Topics examine how these themes have manifested in key debates in public life (e.g. in politics) and in private life (e.g. in pornography) and in those areas which cross over into both public and private life (e.g. in debates around childcare). Texts encountered include 'classics' of Australian history, film, photography, political speeches, policy documents and Australian Bureau of Statistics data. By introducing students to key concepts in gender theory, qualitative and quantitative evidence of inequality or exclusion, and methodologies that facilitate social change, the unit works to enable students as change agents who can pursue an agenda of gender and social equality in every context they live and work.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) understand the ways in which the contemporary gender order is historically constructed; (2) understand the ways in which gender interacts with other determinants of privilege or disadvantage such as race and class; (3) critically analyse and use a range of evidence and methodologies in the interests of supporting progressive social change; and (4) undertake independent research utilising a range of primary sources such as printed media or literary texts and present the results in a coherent, well-written argument.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) written work; (2) participation and dialogue; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Chantal Bourgault du Coudray
Unit rules
Incompatibility: WOMN1102 Days of Our Lives: Gender in Australia
Contact hours 2–3 hours per week
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/GEND1901/SEM-1/2017

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