GSSA 1004 - Introduction to Gender Studies
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code GSSA 1004 Course Introduction to Gender Studies Coordinating Unit Gender Studies and Social Analysis Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Incompatible GWSI 1004, GWSI 1004EX Course Description Gender is encountered in every aspect of our lives. It informs public debate, legislation, how much money we earn, who dies younger and our exposure to risk and sexual violence. The course examines contemporary gender relations in Australian society, in our everyday lives, the school, the workplace, and the home. To what extent can we explain these relations in terms of women's and men's choices and to what extent in terms of masculinities and femininities, laws and institutions, and the distribution of power and resources in Australian society? The ways that ethnicity, 'race' and class modify and give meaning to gender debates in an Australian and international context will also be a central concern.
Course Coordinator: Dr Erica Millar
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Investigate issues and debates around gender, particularly in relation to Australian society. 2 Identify and explain the ways in which gender shapes our everyday lives through the intersections of gender, race, class, sexuality, age, religion, culture, and nation. 3 Discuss the ways in which systems of power, privilege, and oppression shape our experiences as individuals and members of communities. 4 Develop a critical vocabulary that includes key theoretical debates in historical and contemporary gender studies. 5 Demonstrate research literacy, through library searches, research techniques and skills, development of argument, and academic referencing. 6 Write logical and coherent arguments based on evidence, and engage in critical debate. 7 Work with others in the exploration of ideas and to collectively develop arguments and negotiate solutions to problems.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-4 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
2, 3, 5, 6 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
3, 6, 7 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
3, 6, 7 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1, 2, 3 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
1, 2, 3, 7
Readings can be accessed through MyUni.
Beasley, C. (2005) Gender and Sexuality: Critical Theories, Critical Thinkers. London: Sage.
Buchbinder, D (2013) Studying Men and Masculinities, Abingdon: Routledge.
Connell, R. W. (2002) Gender. Cambridge, Polity Press.
Fine, C (2010) Delusions of Gender: The Real Science behind Sex Differences. Icon Books: London.
Gill, R and C Scharff (2011) New Femininities: Postfeminism, Neoliberalism and Subjectivity. Palgrave, MacMillan, London.
Holmes, M. (2009) Gender and Everyday Life. London: Routledge.
Kimmel, M. (2010) Misframing Men: The Politics of Contemporary Masculinities. NJ: Rutgers University Press.
Maguire, E. (2008) Princesses and Pornstars: Sex, Power, Identity. Camberwell: Penguin Books.
Walter, N. (2010) Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism. London: Virago.
Edwards, T. (2006) Cultures of Masculinity. New York: Routledge
Lecture podcasts, handouts, essay questions, links and updates about contemporary issues and further reading will be posted to the MyUni course site available via the MyUni link on University Web page at www.adelaide.edu.au.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures supported by problem-solving tutorials developing material covered in lectures.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
1 x 2-hour lecture (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester 1 x 1-hour tutorial (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester 4 hours reading per week 48 hours per semester 4 hours assignment preparation per week 48 hours per semester 2 hours research per week 12 hours per semester TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
0 Introduction to the course and its requirements 1 Defining key terms: Sex, gender and sexuality 2 Gender and social change in Australia: An historical perspective
Film: Utopia Girls
3 Mapping out Gender Theories 4 Indigenous women and feminism: The Bell/Huggins debate 5 Research activities for major essay 6 Theorising masculinities: Hegemonic and subordinated. 7 Queering gender and critiquing heterosexuality
Film: The Celluloid Closet
8 Boys toys: The making of masculinity through cars 9 Body politics: Identity and power 10 Pornography and objectification 11 Gender and generations 12 Assistance with major essays
Small Group Discovery Experience
Group activities will take place in lecture and tutorial times. Each week students will present a focused topic with peers in the tutorials. The major research assignment can be undertaken in pairs.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome Tutorial attendance and participation Formative and Summative 10% 1-7 Tutorial presentation (inc online activities) Formative and Summative 15% 1-7 800 word minor essay Formative and Summative 30% 1-7 2500 word major essay Formative and Summative 45% 1-7
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents are required to complete all assessment tasks to be eligible to pass this course.
Each week you must come to tutorial class well-prepared, and then demonstrate your preparation by contributing to discussion in a constructive manner.
With one or two other students you will select one of the tutorial topics to make an oral presentation to your tutorial class and then guide the ensuing discussion on the topic. You will have key questions in your study guide to help you with this task (which include set readings that all members of the tutorial class will do in preparation).
A set essay question will be handed out in class.
The major research paper is based on 2 face to face interviews with adults around the theme of gender and gender relations as a social construction. You may include relevant areas that you can analyse in terms of how the person’s gender affects their experiences, such as religion, family, sexuality, class, politics, health or work.
You may choose to do this project on your own or as a group of two.
SubmissionYour Minor and Major essays in this course will be submitted online via the relevant MyUni course site.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
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