Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedNot offered in 2012
Coordinator(s)Ms Beth Jacob (Gippsland) & Ms Meredith McIntyre (Peninsula)


This unit will introduce feminist and other theories of gender in order for students to develop an analytical capability in consideration of the different experiences of men and women in relation to health and illness.

The unit will draw together aspects of sociology and psychology that have been introduced in the first and third years of the Bachelor of Nursing. In particular there will be a focus on how men and women experiences health and illness differently in urban and rural areas. Resources for men's and women's health will be reviewed in an analysis of equity and equality in access to services.


On completion of this unit, it is expected that the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the difference between biological sex and gender
  2. Discuss contemporary issues in sexual and reproductive health in their cultural context
  3. Discuss the role of the family and society in the socialization of sex roles and behaviours
  4. Describe the role of gender in the formation of attitudes and practices in relation to health and illness
  5. Analyse their own background to determine prejudices and mores about sexuality and family structure and function
  6. Assist in the development of self and peers through discussion about gender and health
  7. Demonstrate the ability to critique social attitudes to sex, gender and the family
  8. Apply theoretical frameworks to an investigation of men's and women's health services in their area
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of the difference issues confronting men's and women's health in rural and urban areas


Exam: 45%
Essay (3000 words): 55%

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Meredith McIntyre


Only Aavailable to students enrolled in: Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing Practice or Honours degree of Bachelor of Nursing