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ATS1665: Understanding gender 1

Faculty of Arts

Understanding gender 1

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In this unit students are introduced to key concepts, approaches and methodologies in the study of gender. Students examine the impact of gender in a range of global and real-world contexts, and consider how gender intersects with other categories such as class, ethnicity and sexuality. By engaging with a variety of case studies in current affairs and popular culture, from #MeToo to women in sport and queer comedy, students learn to make visible the constructed nature of gendered identities. Students will challenge their own assumptions, relating concepts to their lived experience and building an awareness of their world through an ethical and gendered lens.


1 - Multimedia - 30% 2 - Analytical exercise - 30% 3 - Essay - 40%


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.

Global challenges

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This unit covers content related to the following Global Challenges:

Thriving Communities

Sustainable development goals

Adopted by the UN Member States in 2015, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. Read more

This unit covers content related to the following SDGs:

5. Gender Equality