GEND1901 Beyond 'Gender Wars'

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Gender Studies major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 elective
In these times of twitter hashtags, trolling, no-platforming, and polarised politics, gender can seem like a battleground. This unit is for students who are interested in developing a more nuanced understanding of our contemporary gender order, by examining its links to the past, as well as its links with other markers of identity such as class and race. Topics cover debates about gender in such fields as politics, sexuality, sport, media, and working life, and the history of feminist interventions in these fields is also explored. By introducing students to key concepts in gender theory, qualitative and quantitative evidence of inequality or exclusion and its consequences, and methodologies that support the sensitive navigation of complex social issues, 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.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of the ways in which the contemporary gender order is historically constructed; (2) demonstrate understanding of the ways in which gender interacts with other contributors to structural inequality such as race and class; (3) critically analyse a range of evidence and methodologies in the interests of supporting progressive social change; (4) develop a coherent, accessible argument; and (5) demonstrate self-awareness of their positioning within networks of gendered power.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) digital story; (2) participation and engagement; 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
Contact hours
up to 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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