GEND 1106OL - Introduction to Gender Studies

Online - Semester 1 - 2021

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GEND 1106OL
    Course Introduction to Gender Studies
    Coordinating Unit Sociology, Criminology and Gender Studies
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Online
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week online
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible GSSA 1006, GEND 1106
    Assessment Online participaton 10%, Lead discussant 15%, Minor Essay 30%, Major Essay 40%, Quiz 5%.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Megan Warin

    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 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)
    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
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
    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.



    1 x 2-hour lecture 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 online group discussions/ emailing in preparation for lead discussant post per semester


    Learning Activities Summary




    Introduction to the Course


    Feminism and Social Change


    Social Formation of Gender


    Hegemonic Masculinity and the Gender Order


    Indigenous Feminisms and Intersectionality


    Islamic Feminism and The Veil


    Queering Gender, Critiquing Heterosexuality


    Intersectional Text Analysis


    Gender and Violence


    Sexual Subjectification


    Staff Consultations



    Small Group Discovery Experience
    SGDE’s include, but are not limited to, working in small groups (of about 3 people) to deliver a class presentation on a lead discussant post each week. There will be interaction with the tutor in the preparation, delivery, and feedback stages of this task.

    Online tutorials for most weeks consist of small group discussions on the weekly topics, with tasks including textual analysis and close readings of key texts. There will be interaction with the tutor during these activities.  
  • 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





    Online Activities

    Formative and Summative

    25 %


    1000 word minor essay

    Formative and Summative

    30 %


    2500 word major essay

    Formative and Summative

    45 %


    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.
    Online activities: Students will be required to participate in online tutorials knowledge they have gained from the lecture and set readings. They will need to choose one week in which to prepare a short online presentation and le

    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 write a 2500 word essay from a selction of essay topics. The essay topics enable students to critically discuss concepts covered in this course, and to develop argument based on extended reading. 

    No information currently available.

    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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