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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Dr M-L Rasmussen


The role of education (particularly schooling) in the construction and reconstruction of gender. Fundamental concepts of feminism. Feminist perspectives on education especially as they relate to understanding the problems and creating the solutions. Femininity and masculinity and the ways they are constructed, represented and understood.


The broad aims of this unit are to provide students with:

  • an introduction to theory, policy and practice related to gender and education;
  • an overview of developments and debates in this area;
  • an understanding of the ways in which education, particularly schooling, connects with processes whereby femininity and masculinity are constructed, gender construction intersects with class, ethnicity and sexuality and educationists influence these processes; and
  • an opportunity to reflect on and critically evaluate these issues in relation to their practice.


Development and presentation of a case (3000 words): 40%
Research paper(s) (1 x 5000 words or 2 x 2500 = 5000 words): 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Mary-Lou Rasmussen

Contact hours

3 hours per week