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Gender in Asian Societies (AST558)

School School of Arts
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit examines gender roles in Asian societies. It considers representations of the masculine and feminine from traditional culture to contemporary society. Emphasis is placed on the implications for men and women of current regional, social and economic changes, including government policies affecting reproduction and family, womens' roles in economic activities. Autobiography and film is used to supplement anthropological and sociological studies, and a research project focused on gender issues in Asia will develop skills and approaches to gender and development issues.
Unit Learning Outcomes At the completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an appreciation of the development of gendered relations in the Asian region
2. Recognise the complex relationships between socio-cultural value systems, ideological change and gendered issues.
3. Critically examine complex concepts and underlying assumptions related to the experience of gender in Asian societies.
4. Demonstrate critical awareness of changes in gendered relations brought about by economic, political and socio-cultural changes
5. Apply gender analysis to public policy areas (education, development, etc).
Timetabled Learning Activities Internal: Seminars: 1 x 3 hours per week; 2 x ~30 minutes pre-recorded lectures.
External: Lectures: 2 x ~30 minutes; films: 1 hour; online discussions.
Unit Learning Experiences The unit is structured to take students of varying backgrounds through a logically developed series of topics. Weekly required readings include case studies through which we develop an understanding of the influences of social, political, economic and cultural change on men and women in the Asian region. Online lectures provide the framework for analysing aspects of gender construction in cross-cultural contexts. Internal seminars are semi-structured with small group activities exploring key terms /concepts and weekly study questions. External students will explain the meaning of key concepts and discuss the weekly study questions in online Discussion Forums. Film(s) will be watched and critically analysed to enhance student learning. For external students the film(s) are available either via LMS or the link provided in the Learning Guide.
Other Learning Experiences External Students will watch pre-recorded lectures; films: 1 hour; online discussions.
Assessment * Seminar /online Discussion Forum participation (18%) to recognise the complex relationships between socio-cultural value systems, ideological change and gendered issues.
* Weekly one page critical summaries of lectures and readings Topics 3-11 (12%) provide continuous feedback concerning students' awareness of changes in gendered relations brought about by economic, political and socio-cultural changes.
* A research presentation and written critical reflection on the research critically examine complex concepts and underlying assumptions related to what it means to be a man or a woman in Asian societies (38%).
* A Short answer concept review (Topics 1-6) (12%) provides mid-semester feedback.
* 2-hour closed-book exam (20%) additionally focuses on a student's ability to critically appraise / evaluate the development of gendered relations in the Asian region.
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate-level (AQF level 8 or AQF level 9) course or permission of the Unit Coordinator.
Previously 2013: 'Women in Asian Societies'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies (GradCertAsianSt)
Graduate Certificate in Community Development (GradCertCommDev)
Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies (GradDipAsianSt)
Graduate Diploma in Community Development (GradDipCommDev)
Master of Asian Studies (MAsianSt)
Master of Community Development (MCommDev)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

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Unit Coordinator
AST558
Dr Anja Reid
Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6039
e: A.Reid@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.062 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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AST558

MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Anja Reid
Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6039
e: A.Reid@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.062 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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