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Women and Men in Asian Societies (AST288)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit examines the gendered role and status of women and men in Asian societies. It considers representations of the feminine and masculine in traditional culture as well as contemporary society. Special emphasis will be placed on the implications of current social and economic changes in the region including government policies affecting reproduction and the family, gender roles in subsistence agriculture, industry and the development process. Autobiography and film will be used to supplement anthropological and sociological case studies.
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 what it means to be a man or a woman in Asian societies.
4. Demonstrate an awareness of changes in gendered relations brought about by economic, political and socio-cultural changes.
Timetabled Learning Activities Internal Seminars: 1 x 3 hours per week; external online discussion forum.
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 Students are expected to watch 2 x 45 minute online lecture per week, before attending seminar/workshop.
External students will participate in an online discussion forum.
Assessment Assessment in this unit includes:
*Seminar /online Discussion Forum participation (15%) providing opportunities to recognise the complex relationships between socio-cultural value systems, ideological change and gendered issues.
* Weekly one page critical summaries of lectures and readings (15%) provide continuous feedback concerning students' awareness of changes in gendered relations brought about by economic, political and socio-cultural changes.
* A presentation (15%) to critically examine complex concepts and underlying assumptions related to what it means to be a man or a woman in Asian societies.
* Short answers (Topics 1-5) (15%).
*Essay (Topics 6-9) (15%).
* A 2-hour open-book exam (25%) will focus on a student's ability to critically appraise / evaluate the development of gendered relations in the Asian region.
Prerequisites Nil.
Notes This is a University-Wide Breadth Unit. If this unit is taken as a Core or Specified Elective unit in a student's major or minor, it cannot also be used to satisfy the University-Wide Breadth Unit requirement.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Primary Teaching (BEd) [New in 2014]
Appears in these Co-Majors Asian Societies and Cultures
Appears in these Minors Anthropology
Asian Studies
Gender Studies
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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AST288
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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AST288

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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