Explores the social relationships between women and men in the family, popular culture, education, workplaces and other everyday settings, focusing on New Zealand examples from past and present.
In this paper we take an introductory look at the many ways in which our lives are organised and patterned by our beliefs, habits and rules about the differences between men and women. We look at the connections these beliefs have (or don't have) to biology, the many different levels they operate on and how they are part of a hierarchy. For example, we look back to see how these differences used to be defined in Māori and colonial society in the past and how this changed; we discuss how the assumption that there are 'two genders' is rapidly changing; we take a look at popular culture to see how it invites us to adopt certain kinds of behaviour or appearance; we discuss why women and men do different kinds of work and get different kinds of pay; and we explore the vexed issue of gendered violence.
|Paper title||Gender in Everyday Life|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$886.35|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,766.35|
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- This first-year paper is open to all students at Otago.
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work's website
- Teaching staff
- Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Associate Professor Annabel Cooper
- Paper Structure
- Key topics:
- Introduction to theories of gender
- Gender in New Zealand history
- Gender, youth and popular culture
- Paid and unpaid work
- Teaching Arrangements
- There are two lectures per week and a weekly tutorial.
Textbooks are not required for this paper. However, there is a course reader.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Critical thinking.
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- Learning Outcomes
- By the end of the paper, students should:
- Be able to formulate an analysis of everyday events and cultural objects in terms of gender and difference
- Be able to critically discuss the concept of gender
- Have had practice in developing written and verbal arguments
- Be able to use the library to search for material on a given topic