GEND 4100 - Honours Gender Studies Theory

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021

This course aims to provide an advanced exploration of the major theoretical perspectives that shape the field of Gender Studies. It offers grounding in important concepts, for instance the social construction of everyday life, including gender; feminist and qualitative epistemologies; and intersectional approaches to gender, class and ethnicity. Concepts and debates are placed in the context of traditions in social theory in general, encouraging students to develop and define their own theoretical `location' and interests.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GEND 4100
    Course Honours Gender Studies Theory
    Coordinating Unit Gender Studies and Social Analysis
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 2 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites Completed degree (72 units) with a 24 unit Major in Gender Studies at a Distinction average.
    Restrictions Available only to students admitted to the relevant Honours program
    Course Description This course aims to provide an advanced exploration of the major theoretical perspectives that shape the field of Gender Studies. It offers grounding in important concepts, for instance the social construction of everyday life, including gender; feminist and qualitative epistemologies; and intersectional approaches to gender, class and ethnicity. Concepts and debates are placed in the context of traditions in social theory in general, encouraging students to develop and define their own theoretical `location' and interests.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Pam Papadelos

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. understand theory and practice of key concepts ‎in gender studies;
    2. critically evaluate contemporary debates around the key concepts;‎
    3. demonstrate high level critical analysis and thinking skills;‎
    4. apply high quality written and verbal communications skills;‎ and
    5. explore the contribution that gender theory can make to wider debates in the twenty-first century.
    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, 5
    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
    3
    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
    4
    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, 4, 5
    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
    2, 4
    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
    2, 5
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.

    Workload

    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 lectures (includes small group work and seminar discussion 20

    TOTAL = 20


    WORKLOAD – SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING 
    13 hours reading per week 130 hours per semester
    8.1 hours research per week 81 hours per semester
    8.1 hours assignment preparation per week 81 hours per semester

    TOTAL =312
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • 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
    Critical essay (50%)
    Quizzes Formative (10%)
    Thesis proposal (40%)
    Assessment Detail
    Critical Essay - Students will be required to write a 3,500 word essay addressing one of several questions about key theoretical debates
    Quizzes - Students will undertake regular quizzes based around set readings
    Thesis Proposal - Students will be required to write a 4,000 word thesis proposal which clearly describes the research project and robustly justifies the research project and the methods chosen to conduct it.
    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M11 (Honours Mark Scheme)
    GradeGrade reflects following criteria for allocation of gradeReported on Official Transcript
    Fail A mark between 1-49 F
    Third Class A mark between 50-59 3
    Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B
    Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A
    First Class A mark between 80-100 1
    Result Pending An interim result RP
    Continuing Continuing CN

    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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