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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Sunway Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Amy Dobson for Clayton campus


Previously coded GND1010


Does gender matter? How do ideas about sex and gender shape important questions in our society? How are social, political and economic structures affected by conventional notions about femininity and masculinity? This unit introduces the interdisciplinary field of Women's Studies and engages students in a series of critical debates concerning sex and citizenship; gender and the law; work and employment; and media and advertising. A range of critical and analytic approaches to contemporary social questions will be introduced and some key contemporary gender debates will be selected for close analysis and problem-based learning.


Students successfully completing this unit will:

  1. have developed an understanding of how gender operates as a category of analysis and an understanding of the range of critical and analytical approaches associated with the field of Women's Studies;
  2. have gained an understanding of the gendered dimensions of contemporary social debates;
  3. have developed research and library skills that will enable them to locate, assess and organise basic resources relevant to the field;
  4. have developed skills in group work and project organisation;
  5. have developed writing and communication skills that will enable them to examine and respond critically to key texts and debates in the field.


Research skills exercise (equiv 1000 words): 20%
Critical review (class test) 1 hr (equiv 1000 words) : 20%
Project (2500 words): 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Amy Dobson

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Gender studies