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GEND101 Gender in Everyday Life

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
Paper code GEND101
Subject Gender Studies
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $913.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,073.40

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Schedule C
Arts and Music
This first-year paper is open to all students at Otago.
Teaching staff

Teaching staff Co-ordinator: John Wei (

Paper Structure

Paper Structure should now read:

  • Part 1: What is Gender? Introduction to Gender Studies
  • Part 2: Key Concepts and Debates in Gender Studies
  • Part 3: Gender in Cultures, Politics, and Activism
  • Part 4: Gender, Social Issues, and Social Change
Teaching Arrangements
There are two lectures per week and a weekly tutorial.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:

  1. understand and engage key concepts and debates in Gender Studies
  2. apply these concepts to the functions and significance of gender in everyday life
  3. critically analyse gender issues in cultural materials and our social world
  4. communicate effectively about gender issues through writing and verbal discussions

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22
Thursday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 11-13, 15-21
T2 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 11-13, 15-21
T3 Wednesday 10:00-10:50 11-13, 15-21
T4 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 11-13, 15-21
T5 Wednesday 13:00-13:50 11-13, 15-21
T6 Thursday 12:00-12:50 11-13, 15-21