Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, we invite you as future health professionals to consider issues relevant to the health needs of a diverse multicultural population in Australia in terms of gender. We will explore the impact of gender (in terms of theory and impact) in relation to individuals, family, religion and culture, the health industry (the medicalization of health), sexuality (and the impact of sexually transmitted infections), violence, parenting (including post-natal depression), men's health, and minority groups (such as refugees and/or prisoners). Through lectures, directed reading and tutorials, students will explore how gender intersects with health within social, cultural and political contexts.< br/>

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAdamm Ferrier

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjects PHE1CSG

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This subject is primarily intended as an introduction to gender for health science students. Students majoring in gender studies from other disciplines should discuss with the subject coordinator prior to enrolment.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsGender Inequality in our Changing World: A comparative approachRecommendedLori Keschaft, Roger Clarke and Denise Ciambrone (2016)Routledge

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Understand and explain the difference between gender and sex

Lectures, Hurdle Tutorials, Presentations, Major Essay

02. Have a working understanding of the theoretical constructs surrounding gender

Lectures, Tutorials, Readings, Reflections

03. Identify and critically analyze issues in health pertaining to gender.

Lectures, Tutorials, Major Essay

04. Demonstrate an understanding of the issues, impact, responsibilities and duty of care of healthcare practitioners in relation to gender.

Lectures, Tutorials, Readings

05. Reflect on your own future professional practice and how issues of gender may affect your thinking

Lectures, Tutorials,

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAdamm Ferrier

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
"Depending on student numbers, student preferences and tutor availability, a choice of face to face or online tutorials may be offered."

Directed Reading Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours directed reading per week on any day including weekend from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Major Assignment Part 1. Identification essay topic and search for reference material 300 wordsWeek 3 Proposal of major essay topic Identification of appropriate search terms Identification of 10 journal articles Uploaded to LMS5 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Major Assignment Part 2. Wk 4 200 word abstract of planned major essay, Wk 5 peer reviewWeek 4 In class exercise, please bring laptop computer to class. Will involve upload to LMS. Week 5 Peer review in class Must complete both parts exactly as instructed to earn points.5 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Major Assignment Part 3 One 2,500-word essayTopic of choice based upon hurdles 1 & 2, from within the overall weekly topics. Students may change choice of topic only in consultation with subject coordinator50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
100 word reflection on weekly topic & readings (must complete a minimum of 10 out of 12 weeks)There will be a set reading each week that students will be asked to refect upon, moderated by tutors.40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05