Gender and Sexuality in Education

10 Units

The purpose of this course is to develop students’ understanding of theories of gender and the ways in which curriculum, pedagogy and school organisational practices traditionally serve to maintain dominant gender and sexuality expectations. The course highlights key debates in gender and schooling and explores pedagogies and other social practices that challenge dominant relations. It aims to alleviate gender and sexuality prejudice in schools by exploring what constitutes safe and healthy school environments.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education

Not currently offered

Learning Outcomes

This course provides students with the opportunity to:

  1. develop a sophisticated understanding of key concepts, historical trends and contemporary issues related to gender and sexuality in education;
  2. explore a range of social theories relating to issues of gender and sexuality in schooling; and
  3. critically evaluate and apply key concepts and theories to educational “problems” framed in terms of gender and sexuality.

The following list indicates indicative course content:

  1. Critical thinking about gender and sexuality
  2. Social theory and key concepts in gender and sexuality and education
  3. Historical and international trends in gender equity
  4. Applying theory to contemporary issues in gender, sexuality and education
  5. Reflecting on gender and sexuality, teaching practice and school reform
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assessment Item 1 An essay related to the course readings.
  • Examination: Take Home - Assessment Item 3 Take-home exam.
  • Projects - Assessment Item 2 A project related to a contemporary social issue in gender and/or sexuality and education, with an emphasis on applying social theory and reflective practice.
Contact Hours
  • Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for EDUC6271
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