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NUR3203 - Gender and family health

6 points, SCA Band 0, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Ms Trish David (Gippsland) & Ms Meredith McIntyre (Peninsula)


Gippsland Second semester 2007 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2007 (Day)


This unit will introduce feminist and other theories of gender in order for students to develop an analytical capability in consideration of the different experiences of men and women in relation to health and illness.
The unit will draw together aspects of sociology and psychology that have been introduced in the first and third years of the Bachelor of Nursing. In particular there will be a focus on how men and women experiences health and illness differently in urban and rural areas. Resources for men's and women's health will be reviewed in an analysis of equity and equality in access to services.


Students will be expected to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the difference between biological sex and gender
  2. Discuss contemporary issues in sexual and reproductive health in their cultural context
  3. Discuss the role of the family and society in the socialization of sex roles and behaviours
  4. Describe the role of gender in the formation of attitudes and practices in relation to health and illness
  5. Analyse their own background to determine prejudices and mores about sexuality and family structure and function
  6. Assist in the development of self and peers through discussion about gender and health
  7. Demonstrate the ability to critique social attitudes to sex, gender and the family
  8. Apply theoretical frameworks to an investigation of men's and women's health services in their area
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of the difference issues confronting men's and women's health in rural and urban areas


Exam: 45%
essay (3000 words): 55%


Available to students enrolled in Bachelor of Nursing or Honours degree of Bachelor of Nursing only.