• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Gender Studies
  • Areas of interest Gender Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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How are women's and men's identities shaped by society? How do we learn to become 'proper' women and men? How do gender relations intersect with race and class and are they still a site of inequality? How are gender ideals changing in the 21st century? This course introduces the key idea that gender is socially constructed via topics such as gender in the lives of children, sport and the masculine body, femininity and the beauty industry, media images of male and female bodies and contemporary formations of sexual identity and sexual politics.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

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

  1. Analyse the way gender structures our ways of being and thinking.
  2. Use specific examples to explain key concepts, themes and theories in Gender Studies.
  3. Think, write and argue with these key concepts, themes and theories.
  4. Reflect on and discuss your own learning as it relates to the subject matter of the course.


Indicative Assessment

Short Papers x 3 (10%  each, 500 words each ) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4]

Essay (40% 2000 words) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3]

Tutorial Presentation and Report (20% 500 words) [Learning Outcomes 2, 3, 4]

Tutorial Participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 3, 4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Prescribed Texts

Prescribed weekly readings are made available via Wattle. They include articles by authors such as Ann Fausto-Sterling, R.W. Connell, Jeffrey Weeks, Emily Martin and Bronwyn Davies. 

Preliminary Reading

Holmes, M. (2009) Gender and Everyday Life, London: Routledge.




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $2856
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4080
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2041 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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