GEND 1106 - Introduction to Gender Studies

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

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 is an introduction to gender studies and key theoretical frameworks that are fundamental to how we think about gender, sex and sexualities. We will examine different understandings of gender, exploring historical, contemporary and cross-cultural debates, and the politics surrounding gender relations, identities and (in)equities. The ways that ethnicity, racism, power and class influence and give meaning to gender debates in an Australian and international context will also be a central concern.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GEND 1106
    Course Introduction to Gender Studies
    Coordinating Unit Sociology, Criminology and Gender Studies
    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 GSSA 1004
    Assessment Attendance & Participation 10%, Tutorial presentation 15%, Minor Essay 30%, Major essay 40%, Quiz 5%.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Cambrey Payne

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    Investigate issues and debates around gender, particularly in relation to Australian society.


    Identify and explain the ways in which gender shapes our everyday lives through the intersections of sexualities, racism, social class, education, age, religion, culture, and nation.


    Discuss the ways in which systems of power, privilege, and oppression shape our experiences as individuals and members of communities.


    Develop a critical vocabulary that includes key theoretical debates in historical and contemporary gender studies.


    Demonstrate research literacy, through library searches, research techniques and skills, development of argument, and academic referencing.


    Write logical and coherent arguments based on evidence, and engage in critical debate.


    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    MyUni, including set readings, lecture recordings, digital activities and online discussion.
    Recommended Resources
    An extensive list of further resources will be provided during semester. These include:
    • A list of further readings on each topic
    • Resource guides on Harvard referencing and essay writing
    • Assistance with finding library research materials
    Online Learning
    MyUni course site including announcements, discussion boards, online activities, digital platform activities, recorded lectures, assignment submission and further resources.

    Students wishing to study the course entirely online should enrol in the Online course GEND 1106 OL.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    All lectures for this course are online and can be watched in student's own time each week. Lectures will present critical overview of course material, introduction to key concepts and case studies of contemporary and historical events to illustrate weekly learning. We examine gender in popular culture and everyday lives, drawing on a range of sources, including academic reserach, documentaries, social and public media (e.g. #MeToo), and contemporary political events. Opportunities for interaction within lectures are provided and lecture material is supported with online digital platform activites, discussion boards, and sharing resources.

    Face to face:
    Tutorials are in person each week. Tutorials include extended group and self-guided learning, via discussion, case studies, peer research, collaborative problem-solving, independent and group projects and activities. You will have an opportunity to chose one tutorial week to lead, working collaboratively in small groups to present an informed analysis of the topic. Guidance and support will be provided with your presentation from your tutors.

    Reading of scholarly texts and research reports
    Independent library and digital research on a chosen topic
    Team work in small groups
    Developing skills in writing essays.

    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


    1 x 1-hour tutorial per week




    6 hours reading per week


    2 hours research per week


    2 hours assignment preparation per week


    3 2 hour group meetings for class presentation per semester


    Learning Activities Summary




    Introduction to the Course


    Feminism and Social Change


    Debating Gender Theories


    Hegemonic Masculinity and the Gender Order


    Indigenous Feminisms and Intersectionality


    Islamic Feminism and The Veil


    Queering Gender, Critiquing Heterosexuality


    Intersectional Queer Theory and Drag


    Gender and Violence


    Body Politics: Identities, Anorexia and Power


    Sexual Subjectification


     Student/Staff Consultations 

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary





    Tutorial attendance and participation

    Formative and Summative

    10 %



    Formative and Summative



    Tutorial Presentation (inc online activities)

    Formative and Summative

    15 %


    1000 word minor essay

    Formative and Summative

    30 %


    2500 word major essay

    Formative and Summative



    There is no change to assessment for tutorials – students will be assessed on participation and presentations in tutorials. Please continue to read the set readings for each week's tutorials to support presenters and engage in discussion.
    Assessment Related Requirements
      Students must attend 8/10 tutorials in order to be eligible for the tutorial participation grade.
    Assessment Detail
    Tutorial Attendance and Participation: Students will be required to attend tutorials and actively contribute in tutorial discussions demonstrating knowledge they have gained from the lecture and set readings.

    Quiz: Students are requird to complete a short quiz on key concepts.

    Tutorial Presentation: Students will be required to present on a chosen tutorial topic.

    1000 word essay: Students will be required to write a 1000 word essay on the social formation of gender.

    2500 word essay: Students will be required to conduct independent research on a specific aspect of the social formation of gender. They will be required to write a 2500 word essay based on this research.
    Assignments will be submitted online, and checked for plagiarism using Turnitin.
    Course Grading

    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.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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