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WC5001 - Introduction to Women's Studies

Credit points: 6
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts & Social Sciences

An interdisciplinary survey of current feminist research and theoretical issues in women's studies. Topics may include: women and work, health, education, social welfare and law; rural, migrant and NESB women; women of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage; women in literature; women in history; women and development.

Learning Outcomes

  • To demonstrate understanding of historical and contemporary social structures and processes which create particular gendered regimes in public and private life;
  • to demonstrate understanding of various theoretical frameworks with which to analyse women's various positions, opportunities, and achievements in public and private life.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner.
Prerequisites: Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline


Study Period 1, External
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Professor Debra Miles
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: reflective journal (40%); research paper (60%).

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