ATS2560 - Gender, theory and society - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit


Chief examiner(s)

Professor JaneMaree Maher


Professor JaneMaree Maher

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units. It is highly recommended that students only take this unit after they have completed two gateway units in Sociology.




This unit introduces a range of exciting contemporary feminist theories. Broadly interdisciplinary in its concerns, the unit outlines contemporary feminist theories of gender, bodies and sexual difference. Students will examine the cultural and social regulation of shifting forms of femininity and masculinity, including sex and science and the norms of sex, reproduction and desire. Theorists examined include: Elizabeth Grosz, Luce Irigaray, and Iris Marion Young.


Students successfully completing the unit will be able to:

  1. identify and explain key concepts in gender theory and contemporary feminist theories;
  2. explain how patterns of gender operate in social structures and critically analyse the social and political effects that emerge;
  3. critically read and analyse theoretical texts and apply this knowledge to everyday social contexts;
  4. use evidence to develop and sustain theoretical arguments related to gender and sociological theory;
  5. communicate theoretical concepts clearly and effectively.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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