Gender and Social Change

10 Units

Offers a challenging perspective on gender, women and social change in a cross-cultural context. It begins with an introduction to contemporary theories which inform social change, then moves to consider a number of case studies of gender and social change in a variety of settings. Themes include: women and education, labour force restructuring, comparison of female and male engagements in the workforce, and changes to family structures.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Humanities and Social Science
Availability Semester 1 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 1 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

The course will introduce students to key issues in social change. The aim will be to explore significant theories of gender in relation to social change. Upon completion students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. An understanding of the different approaches used to study gender.
  2. An understanding of different theoretical perspectives on the relationships between gender and social change.
  3. An ability to critically analyse social practices and cultural representations of gender.
  4. Skills in writing academic essays, giving oral presentations, and policy research.

Topics to be addressed may include:

  1. Contemporary perspectives on women and social change.
  2. Case studies in cross-cultural contexts.
  3. Feminist theories which inform social change and development.
  4. Women and education.
  5. Labour force restructuring.
  6. Changes to family structures.
Replacing Course(s) Not applicable.
Transition Not applicable.
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Undergraduate degree majoring in a social science or related discipline.
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : Paper Based
Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Email Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Essay 1 - 1,500 words, 35%.
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Essay 2 - 2,500 words, 45%.
  • Group/tutorial participation and contribution - Participation: Class/Discussion board Oral/Discussion board presentation: 20%.
Contact Hours
  • Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Email Discussion Group: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Self Directed Learning: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for SOCA6190

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