Gender and Health: Critical Perspectives

Subject 505-523 (2009)

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 2-hour lecture per week
Total Time Commitment: In addition to the stated contact hours, students are expected to spend at least 3 hours of study for each hour of contact
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Key Centre for Women's Health in Society

School of Population Health

Subject Overview:

This subject examines the way Gender and Health, and particularly Women's Health have been examined within and across the disciplinary fields of Public Health, Biomedicine, Epidemiology, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology. We will examine the key feminist, socio-cultural, psychological and psychoanalytic discourses and ideas that have informed our understanding of gender and health, focusing on the on sex/gender, human rights and power. The course will also examine the critical contribution of first, second and third wave feminism to the fields of Women's Health, Men's Health and Gender and Health.


By the end of the semester students will be expected to:

  • Describe the meaning and use of key terms- sex, gender, gender relations, diversity, health, illness, and disease, gender mainstreaming - that underpin the fields of Gender and Health and Women's/ Men's Health;
  • Describe and critically reflect on the ways in which gender and health have been examined within the disciplinary fields of Public Health, Biomedicine, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology;
  • Understand the historical and core ideas that underpin and frame research on gender and health, particularly women's health;
  • Demonstrate in both written and oral form your capacity for critical thought and self-directed learning.
Assessment: Reading journal (critical comment on prescribed reading material for each week) total of 1000 words submitted twice during semester (20%); class presentation (20%) and written assignment of 2500 words (60%) due end of semester.
Prescribed Texts: Selected readings will be available.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • critical appraisal of evidence
  • advanced skills in developing, interpreting and sustaining an argument
  • well developed oral and written communication skills
  • advanced skills in searching bibliographic data bases and synthesising evidence
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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 Public Health
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Gender Studies
Gender Studies
Gender Studies

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