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Unit Overview


Feminist scholars have demonstrated the extent to which the production of knowledge is a gendered process, across all disciplinary contexts. For example, feminist scholars have asked questions about who produces knowledge, for what purpose, and for whom. They have also investigated how knowledge is produced, by what processes, and with what effects.

Asking these questions has led to new ways of producing knowledge that challenge accepted boundaries between disciplines and are particularly well suited for addressing complexity. As such, feminist theory and practice has been central to the development of interdisciplinary approaches to research.

With these themes in mind, this unit invites students of Gender Studies as well as students from other disciplines to experience how the adoption of a 'gender lens' supports interdisciplinary knowledge creation. Together, students will explore the process of interdisciplinary research, including research design, methodologies for collaborating and gathering information, and processes for communicating results.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Gender Studies [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]

Students are able to (1) use a gender lens to explore how disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge is produced; (2) apply interdisciplinary research design principles and methodologies; and (3) communicate the outcomes of interdisciplinary research for a specific research context such as a journal, grant or conference.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research essay; (2) research communication task; and (3) team research task. 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 Chantal Bourgault du Coudray
Unit rules
Successful completion of
or Enrolment in
one level 4 Unit(s)
or one level 5 Unit(s) from any course
Contact hours
2 hours per week for up to 10 weeks
  • 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.