Details for Female Gender and Identity
Have you ever been caught singing along to ‘Sister Suffragette’ in Mary Poppins and wanting to know the back story? This unit gives students the chance to look more closely at the various waves of feminism throughout the 20th century and its impact on Australian society. Further it will also explore issues of gender, beauty and sexuality, encouraging personal reflection on the nature of femininity within today’s context.
- Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
- Unit code: MIN321
- Credit points: 10
- Total workload hours per week: 10
- Number of timetabled hours per week: 3 *
The following courses are prerequisites:
The unit Female Gender and Identity is part of the subject area Ministry and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Bachelor of Contemporary Ministry (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)).
This advanced course builds on the earlier course ‘Women and Christian Ministry’ and considers the history and development of the Women’s movement and its contribution to Australian society, particularly regarding the contemporary discussion of gender and identity.
- The history and development of Women’s movements in Australia
- the ideological underpinnings of various Women’s movements, such as Feminism
- Perspectives on the changes in societal roles and attitudes towards women in Australia
- Issues in gender, ‘femaleness’, the beauty myth and identity
- The future of the various Women’s movements in Australia
This course may be offered in the following formats
Lectures, class presentations, discussion, tutorials, web-based interaction, distance learning material
Film Analysis (20%, 1500 words); Critical Book Review (30%, 1500 words); Major Essay (40%, 2000 words)
Stackhouse, J. Finally Feminist: A Pragmatic Christian Understanding of Gender, Grand Rapids: Baker, 2005.
Barger, L. Eve’s Revenge: Women and a Spirituality of the Body. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2003.
- Friedan, B. The Feminine Mystique. London: Gollancz, 1963.
- Hollows, J. & Moseley, R. (ed) Feminism in popular culture. Oxford, U.K; New York: Berg, 2006.
- Lake, M. Getting Equal: the history of Australian feminism. St Leonards, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin, 1999.
- Levy, A. Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture. New York: Free Press, 2005.
- Storkey, E. What’s Right with Feminism. London: SPCK, 1985.
- Summers, A. Damned whores and God’s police. Camberwell, Victoria: Penguin, 2002.
- Wolf, N. The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women. London: Vintage, 1991.
- Walter, N (ed.).On the Move: Feminism for a New Generation. London, Virago Books, 2000.
- Wood, J.T. Gendered lives: communication, gender, & culture. Belmont, California: Thomson/Wadsworth, 2005.