Gender and Ideology in East Asia

Subject 110-228 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1.5-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: .
Prerequisites: Completion of 1st-year requirements for the Asian Studies major. For pre-2008 students: Usually 50 points of 1st year study in the Faculty of Arts.
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Recommended Background Knowledge: .
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Core Participation Requirements: .


Assoc Prof Anne McLaren
Subject Overview:

This subject focuses on the influence of traditions and ideologies on gender issues in the Asian region, including Confucianism, Buddhism and Islam. Students will be encouraged to explore how 'tradition' continues to shape notions of the body, sexuality and gender hierachies in the present day. Critical contemporary issues discussed will include marriage, careers and lifestyle choices of men and women in Asian settings. Ongoing problems in the achievement of equality between sexes will be an important topic, including women's agency in the creation of specifically national forms of modernity within a contemporary context. This subject will enable students to apply critical notions drawn from Western gender theory to Asian contexts.

Assessment: One class paper presented in class and submitted as a 1500 word assignment one week after presentation 30%, one research essay of 2500 words 60% (due during the examination period). Participation 10% based on contribution to class discussion in tutorials. No marks are given for attendance solely but students are required to attend at least six tutorials as a hurdle requirement.
Prescribed Texts: Materials supplied by the Institute.Women in Asia (Louise Edwards & Mina Roses), Allen & Unwin, 2001 Chinese Women: Living & Working (A E McLaren (ed)), London and New York, 2004
Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options: This subject is a level 2 or level 3 subject and is not available to new generation degree students as a breadth option in 2008.
This subject or an equivalent will be available as breadth in the future.
Breadth subjects are currently being developed and these existing subject details can be used as guide to the type of options that might be available.
2009 subjects to be offered as breadth will be finalised before re-enrolment for 2009 starts in early October.
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to apply critical notions drawn from the West in non-Western cross-cultural contexts;

  • have enhanced abilities in oral and written communication and developed skills in working with a team to complete a group project;

  • be able to research through frequent and systematic use of the library and other information sources, the definition of areas of inquiry and familiarisation with research methods;

  • acquire critical thinking and analysis skills through required and recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by assessing the strength of arguments;

  • think in theoretical and analytical terms through lectures, tutorial discussions, essay writing and engagement in methodologies of the humanities and social sciences;

  • communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through essay and assignment writing, tutorial discussion and class presentations;

  • acquire written communication skills through essay and assignment preparation and writing;

  • understand social, political, historical, and cultural contexts and awareness/openness to the world: through the contextualisation of judgements and knowledge, developing a critical self-awareness, being open to new ideas and new aspects of Chinese culture, and by formulating arguments;


Was previously available as 110-417. Students who have completed 110-417 are ineligible to enrol in this subject

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts
Diploma in Arts (Asian Studies)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Asian Studies)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Gender Studies)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Asian Studies)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Gender Studies)

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