This unit (ASA5010) explores how gender is deeply embedded in the ways we define our world and act within it, how our bodies are regulated and surveilled and hence how power enters into both the enhancement and suppression of capabilities through definitions of gendered bodies and their interactions and intersections. The gendered dimension is considered from a global perspective initially through the lens of human rights. Students will explore how human rights discourses seek to intersect with some traditional modes of gendered identities and interactions by injecting questions about opportunities and outcomes of a social, political, economic and cultural nature. The human rights paradigm is critically considered too from postcolonial perspectives. These analyses are applied to the practice of community development.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically review key gender issues in a global context;  
  2. Decode, debate, interpret and validate some of the features of transnational human rights instruments, agencies and networks and their advocacy around gender;  
  3. Interrogate debates about the contradictory impact of globalisation and globalism upon gender relations; and  
  4. Cross-examine transgender issues as they arise in an organisational setting highlighting an individual's responsibilities within the workings of local and global communities.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Review Reflective review of an academic article on gender issues and human rights in a local to global context 25%
Presentation Group presentation on an allocated topic plus individual post presentation reflection. 35%
Project Individual interviews contributing to group Podcast interrogating a contemporary question or issue in gender and human rights and a written reflection 40%

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