Gender in Public Life

Unit code: ACW2024 | Study level: Undergraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Footscray Park
Online Real Time


This unit 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.

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.


For Melbourne campuses

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

Required reading

This unit utilises a range of scholarly readings and other sources relevant to the unit which will be available via VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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