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Unit Overview


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, media, human rights 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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Gender Studies major sequence
  • Level 1 elective

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) take-home review. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jessica Murray
Contact hours
up to 3 hours per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.