This unit (ACW2024) of study explores how and why public life in contemporary Australia is gendered. Contextualised within global trends and debates, students will be encouraged to consider the consequences for all people: across genders, race, class and culture. Drawing upon theories on the construction of the state and of citizenship, along with gender analyses of law, work, education and politics, the focus will be upon the roles of public institutions and the making of policy change. Practically the unit develops social, qualitative research and writing skills.

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Students enrolled in course code ABAB and LBLA must complete at least 72 credit points (equivalent to 6 units) in Year 1 before undertaking any Level 2 units.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critique gender as a characteristic of participation in public life;  
  2. Identify and examine a range of contemporary debates on gender and equity matters;  
  3. Evaluate policy measures which aim to address issues of equality and equity; and  
  4. Collaboratively consider gender in social policy using qualitative social research methods.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Review Review article/video 25%
Presentation Group presentation on Briefing Paper topic 25%
Research Paper Individual component of group Briefing Paper 25%
Assignment Outline of a campaign plan on an issue 25%

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