Women's Sexual & Reproductive Health

Subject 505-522 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - 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


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 2-hour lecture per week
Total Time Commitment: Students will be expected to undertake additional tasks, reading and preparation equivalent with the total time commitment of 96 hours
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Ms Jane S Hocking


Key Centre for Women's Health in Society

School of Population Health

Subject Overview: This subject takes as a starting point a consideration of what constitutes sexual and reproductive health over the life course. It provides an overview of key sexual and reproductive health issues in a variety of geographic locations and considers the factors that enable or inhibit women and men's reproductive and sexual health. Within the broad parameters of gender, society and culture, there will be an examination of the impact of multi-level factors, including economic, legislative and policy environments, community and institutional cultures, and understandings of sexuality and reproduction. Students will be encouraged to consider the impact of such factors on the development of sexual and reproductive health interventions.

Objectives: On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  • Analyse in-depth the intersection of contextual and individual factors that impact on sexual and reproductive health
  • Demonstrate knowledge of sexual and reproductive health issues internationally and the understand the range of disciplinary discourses and responses to these issues
  • Analyse the human and reproductive rights discourses in relation to women's health
  • Present a sophisticated critical analysis of policy responses to sexual and reproductive health issues
  • Develop a gender-sensitive intervention to address a specific sexual and reproductive health issue in a selected region

Oral presentation (20 mins) (20%) and class paper approximately 1,500 words (20%) on selected topic during the semester. Essay due last day of semester, approximately 3000 words (60%)

Prescribed Texts: Selected readings will be available.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • advanced critical thinking and writing
  • sophisticated research skills including information seeking, evaluation and retrieval
  • advanced oral communication skills
Links to further information: http://www.sph.unimelb.edu.au
Notes: This subject is a Group 1 elective in the Master of Public Health.
Related Course(s): Master of Development Studies (Gender & Development)
Master of Development Studies(CWT)
Master of Public Health
Master of Social Health (Health Ethics)
Master of Social Health (Interdisciplinary)
Master of Social Health (Medical Anthropology)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Gender Studies
Gender Studies

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