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 - 2017 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  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.
Assumed Knowledge Undergraduate degree majoring in a social science or related discipline.
Assessment Items
  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial tasks and participation in weekly seminars/participation in weekly discussion board forum
  • Essay: Essay 1
  • Essay: Essay 2

Contact Hours

Callaghan and WebLearn GradSchool

Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
On campus students: Seminar Distance Education students: Email Discussion Group and Self Directed Learning.


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Course Materials
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Timetable 2017 Course Timetables for SOCA6190
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