Course Title: Introduction to Gender

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Gender

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr Rebecca Hill

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2985

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 09.05.042

Course Coordinator Availability: Email me for an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to foundational concepts, language, and debates in Gender Studies. You will learn about contemporary and historical perspectives on gender, sex and sexuality in feminism, gender studies, queer thought, and trans studies. You will consider the relationship of these perspectives to historical and contemporary social movements. You will engage with intersectional thinking and critical philosophies of race.   

In this course you will study a range of texts and media including theoretical essays, films, video, photography, and audio. You will learn skills in critical thinking, and the description and analysis of various textual and media forms. Introduction to Gender offers an inclusive and respectful forum for you to think deeply about diverse perspectives on gender, sex, and sexuality.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will complement the RMIT capabilities you are developing in your program. 

Course Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  1. Identify foundational perspectives on gender, sexuality and sex in Gender Studies 
  2. Describe and analyse concepts of gender, sexuality, and sex in dominant modes of representation 
  3. Discuss and contextualise diverse perspectives on gender for different groups of people 
  4. Critically reflect on diverse representations of gender, sexuality and sex in real world contexts 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities which may include lectures, seminars, class discussion, individual and group activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.  

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer. These may include journal articles, books, films, and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.  

There are services and resources available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the RMIT student website.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Reflective Task, 30% CLOs 2,3 and 4 
Assessment Task 2: Textual Analysis, 30%, CLOs 1 and 2 
Assessment Task 3: Case Study, 40% CLOs 1, 2, 3 and 4 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.