GENDER 101/101G : Gender: Global and Local


2023 Semester One (1233) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Develops an understanding of key concepts that underlie gender analysis, and how they are expressed in politics, culture and society. Examines the meaning of gender across a range of subjects and issues on the global stage and in our everyday lives.

Course Overview

How do gender identity, difference and politics shape our sense of who we are, and our social and political worlds? 
In this course we will explore the fundamental issues that gender studies reveals for us: the difference between sex and gender; the meaning and significance of identity and difference; how we think about sexualities; the influence of concepts like ‘masculinity’ and ‘femininity’ and how these are embodied and represented in social and political life, in person and online. 
We’ll examine gender as it’s mobilized in social and political movements, both national and global, and as it’s expressed in the media and in popular culture. 
We’ll also look at the ways in which gender shapes our understanding of history and our reading of literary texts, and at social issues like the division of labour and sexual violence. 
Finally, we’ll explore the ways in which thinking about gender has changed over the past half a century, and continues to change today. Guest lectures by experts on these topics will help us navigate them and help us understand what is at stake.
This interdisciplinary course is suitable for all students with an interest in exploring the meaning and significance of gender. It will equip you for more advanced courses in gender studies, but also for further study in the social sciences, humanities and law.

Course Requirements

Restriction: GENDER 100

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Arts

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Be familiar with the fundamental concepts of gender analysis: the sex/gender distinction, the identity/difference binary, the social construction of masculinity and femininity, and the relationship between gender and sexuality. (Capability 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 4.1, 4.2 and 6.2)
  2. Understand the significance of these core concepts in the social, political and cultural worlds. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3)
  3. Understand how the study of gender contributes to other academic fields, particularly in the social sciences and humanities. (Capability 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3)
  4. Analyse written and media text that deal with gender, and be able to present your analysis in writing. (Capability 4.1 and 4.2)
  5. Reflect critically upon your own views and experiences of gender, to present your views to others, and to engage in constructive discussion about them. (Capability 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignments 50% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 50% Individual Coursework

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, weekly you can expect 2 hours of lectures, a 1 hour tutorial, 4 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 3 hours of work on assignments 

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities including tutorials to complete components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including tutorials may not be available as recordings.
The course will include live online events including tutorials.
Attendance on campus is required for the exam.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

More interactive tutorials. Lecture slides available before the lecture where possible. 

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Well-being always comes first
We all go through tough times during the semester, or see our friends struggling. There is lots of help out there - for more information, look at this Canvas page, which has links to various support services in the University and the wider community.

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 01/11/2022 12:12 p.m.