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.
|Learning materials – 1 hour weekly online tutorial pre-preparation||1hr||Week 1||13 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus tutorials||2hrs||Week 2||11 times|
300 Level (Graduate)
|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.||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 feminism, 'new' feminisms and masculinity studies) and how they can contribute to transforming society in a more just and participatory direction.||Creative and critical thinker|
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Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
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.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|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|
|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
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).
|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 no more than 4, 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 1 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.
|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.
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.
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. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
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.
Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.
|Required||Diane Richardson,Victoria Robinson||2020||Introducing Gender and Women's Studies||Fifth||Red Globe Press|
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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.
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