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.


Session 3 (90)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SOC215. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SOC215 in Session 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Online open-book test
Sociology academic essay

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.