Stage 1 Women's Studies

LENGTH OF COURSE: Semester Only

ASSUMED BACKGROUND: Nil

CURRICULUM CHARGES:  Nil 

CONTENT:
Course content will be a selection of the following:

Understanding Gender:
Students will look at Women, Gender, and Social Identity. Students will enable students to understand and analyse femininity and masculinity and the relationship between women’s identity and men’s identity and their sense of self and others. This course examines the experiences of women throughout history and across cultures. It looks at the ways in which gender has been shaped by society, and how it affects the lives of women.

Topics:
Women’s Studies draws on knowledge from a variety of disciplines, such as history, sociology, and literature in order to understand the complex nature of gender. Some of the topics that are studied in Women’s Studies include: the history of women’s rights; women in the workforce and in the home; beauty and body image; violence against women; and gender representation in the media. There will be opportunity to negotiate topics and assignment types to develop critical thinking skills, how to analyse information, understand arguments and form opinions.

ASSESSMENT TYPES

Text:
Students identify and analyse diversity in gender representations of women in cultural text(s), such as films, television shows, magazines, a series of advertisements, video games, multimedia texts, books that explore gender issues, or government reports. This analysis includes aspects of empowerment and/or disempowerment

Group Presentation:
Students provide evidence of knowledge and understanding of gender, gender relations, and the diversity of women’s experiences in a collaborative activity followed by a negotiated form of group presentation. Examples of presentations include a debate on a particular key issue to be determined by the teacher and class, a scripted role play, or a gender audit of television news or sport

Issues Analysis: Students will investigate an issue relating to Women in Society.