GEND 1106 - Introduction to Gender Studies
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code GEND 1106 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 GSSA 1004, GEND 1106EX 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
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 gender, race, class, sexuality, 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) 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)
1,2,3,4 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
5,6,7 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
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
No information currently available.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
WORKLOAD - STRUCTURED LEARNING
1 x 2-hour lecture per week
1 x 1-hour tutorial per week
WORKLOAD - SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING
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
Defining key terms: Sex, gender and sexuality
Gender and social change in Australia: Are we there yet?
Gender as a Socially Constructed Category
Indigenous feminism and intersectionality
Islamic feminism and the veil
Queering gender and critiquing heterosexuality
Gender and Violence
From sexual objects to sexual subjects? Gender and Sexualisation in Popular Culture
Work & Parenting in a Postfeminist World
Small Group Discovery ExperienceSGDE’s include, but are not limited to, working in small groups (of about 3 people) to deliver a class presentation on a weekly topic. There will be interaction with the tutor in the preparation, delivery, and feedback stages of this task.
Tutorials for most weeks consist of small group discussions (between approximately 3-5 students) and problem solving activities on the weekly topics, with tasks including textual analysis, close readings of key texts, and small performances of gender roles and stereotypes. There will be interaction with the tutor during these activities.
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.
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME(S)
Tutorial attendance and participation
Formative and Summative
Tutorial Presentation (inc online activities)
Formative and Summative
1000 word minor essay
Formative and Summative
2500 word major essay
Formative and Summative
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents must attend 8/10 tutorials in order to be eligible for the tutorial participation grade.
Assessment DetailTutorial 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.
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 semi-structured interviews on a specific aspect of the social formation of gender. They will be required to write a 2500 word essay based on these interviews and independent research.
No information currently available.
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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