Course Outline

SCS395 Gender and Culture

Course Coordinator:Naomi Smith ( School:School of Law and Society

2024Semester 2

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.


Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


How does society's understanding and construction of sex, gender and sexuality impact how you experience yourself? In this course, you will be critically examining a sociological understanding of gender and explore the connections between gender identity/expression, personal experience and social structures, and the changing social position of cisgender and transgender women and men in contemporary Australia. You are encouraged to examine issues related to gender such as stereotypes, media images of female and male bodies, health, sport and sexual identity and sexual politics.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – 1 hour weekly online tutorial pre-preparation 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus tutorials 2hrs Week 1 10 times
Seminar – Whole cohort online seminar 1hr Week 1 Once Only
Learning materials – 1 hour weekly online tutorial pre-preparation 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Online tutorials 2hrs Week 1 10 times
Seminar – Whole cohort online seminar 1hr Week 1 Once Only

Course Topics

Key terms and debates in gender/sexuality

Understanding and theorizing gender

Women’s liberation, feminisms and masculinity studies

The gender and gender identity/ expression spectrum

Gender, sexuality, culture, and intersectionality, Gender and family life 

Gender and work

Gender and violence 

Gender, media, and popular culture

Gender and sport 

Gender, science, and technology 

The future of gender, sexuality, and culture

(Mature content across all topics)

What level is this course?

300 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Identify and discuss the main elements, terms and perspectives on sociological studies of gender and sexuality. Knowledgeable
2 Employ a gendered perspective to make sense of substantive social problems and evaluate the appropriateness of particular concepts and ideas for understanding a given social issue. Creative and critical thinker
3 Develop an advanced critical understanding of recent developments in gender theory (including queer theory, feminism etc) and how they can contribute to transforming society in a more just and participatory direction. Creative and critical thinker
4 Apply scholarly writing, research and referencing practices. Knowledgeable

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Not applicable


Not applicable



Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Timely and detailed feedback is provided for each assessment. Feedback is provided both within text and general comments to build scholarly skills. Students are able to seek feedback through face-to-face discussion with the course coordinator. Tutorials will include extended discussion and review of the assessment task requirements and scope.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Journal Individual 30%
1,500 words
Week 6 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Oral and Written Piece Group 30%
10-minute Presentation + 10-minute discussion in class
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) Online Submission
All 3 Essay Individual 40%
2000 words
Week 13 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Reflective
To critically reflect on weekly readings to demonstrate you understand key foundational concepts
Product: Journal
The journal will require you to analyse and critically reflect on the foundational themes presented in the first six weeks of the course. The Journal can be in a format of your choosing (video, poster, power point, written text etc).
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Content: Relevant and critical reflection on readings and related study themes and theories in gender and culture
Argument: Adequately supported though use of personal reflections and evidence
Clarity and Expression: Clear quality of expression. Correct grammar, punctuation and spelling
Structure: Arguments effectively presented and well organised. Evidence of careful reading in planning, preparation and writing
Referencing: Evidence referenced and documented through correct use of citations, quotations and bibliography
All - Assessment Task 2:Presentation analysing the impact of gender experiences in contemporary Australia and facilitated discussion
This exercise requires you to use a gendered perspective to develop an advanced critical understanding of how gender affects men, women or non-binary people in Australia (in the areas of either work, sexuality, the body or the media or negotiated topic).
Product: Oral and Written Piece
In groups of 2 or 3, you will present a contemporary gender issue in Australia and hand in the transcript for written evaluation. Presentations will run from Week 6 to Week 12. 
The specific details will be in your Task 2 folder in Canvas. 
The presentation should take 10 minutes followed by a class discussion of around 10 minutes duration conducted by the presenters. Questions to stimulate discussion should be posed to the whole class by the presenters at the end of the presentation. 
You are expected to consult at least six scholarly sources in researching for this presentation, which should be evident in the referencing and reference list.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Oral elements: 
Clear understanding of relevant theoretical arguments.
1 2
Effective and well organised presentation, which demonstrates planning and research (including appropriate scholarly references) and main arguments clearly link back to the group’s thesis
2 3 4
Effective development and use of questions to stimulate class discussion and eliciting different viewpoints.
Written elements: 
Evidence of identification and exposition of a contemporary gendered social issue affecting men or women in Australia (in the areas of either work, sexuality, the body or the media).
1 2
Evidence of a critical analysis of key sociological terms, concepts and debates.
Analysis is detailed and critical and supported by relevant examples.
All - Assessment Task 3:Essay
The demonstration of a comprehensive understanding of the roles of gender and culture in the shaping of individual and collective reality, power structures and identity.
Product: Essay
The essay will require you to investigate, research and analyse one question from a list of topics addressed in the course. Essay topics will be distributed via Canvas in Week 1.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Application of key sociological terms, concepts, discussions, and debates
Knowledge of relevant theoretical perspectives and arguments
Knowledge of the socio-historical context of gender, sexuality, and culture
Recognition of gender, sexuality, and culture and other hierarchies of power within professional contexts
2 3
Effective and well organised essay, which demonstrates planning and research (including appropriate scholarly references)
1 4
Essay is logically ordered, and main arguments clearly link back to your thesis statement.
3 4

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Diane Richardson,Victoria Robinson 2020 Introducing Gender and Women's Studies Fifth Red Globe Press

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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