SOC215 Gender, Family and Society (8)

This subject addresses current social debates concerning gender and the family through a comparative historical cross cultural perspective. Students are introduced to a wide range of research drawn from the humanities, and social and human sciences. Particular attention is given to the various theoretical perspectives and methodological issues involved.

Subject Outlines
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Session 3 (90)
Bathurst Campus

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify the main theoretical approaches to the study of gender relations
  • be able to describe historical shifts in attitudes to women and family structures
  • be able to identify the ways in which social institutions reproduce and regulate gender and sexuality
  • be able to critically relate academic debates about gender and family to the practices of daily life in different cultures, both urban and rural


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introducing sociology of gender and the family - Introduction and history of relationships and family over time; Sociological perspectives on relationships and families
  • Focusing on historical and contemporary issues - The diversity of family and relationships; Sex gender and families
  • From personal to structural - Love, commitment, partnering and relating beyond cohabitation; Fertility, technology, parenting and childcare
  • Growing older, growing apart and beginning again - Work: public, private and the reconstitution of families; Intimate partner violence; Ageing, care and intergenerational relationships; New families and new relationships


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.