Gold Coast, Australia
Area of Study
Communication, Gender Studies
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4.5 - 6
Hours & Credits
It is essential to understand how to communicate effectively with each other in order to achieve a successful professional and personal life. Through current research and examining social practices, this subject focuses on male-female communication; definitions of gender; biological and social influences on gender; effectiveness in personal relationships; gender issues in the workplace; media and cultural influences on gender stereotypes; education of children for a changing world; and gender-based violence. Students will develop skills in research and analysis based on studies of issues affecting women, men and those who identify with the LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bi, trans, intersexed and queer) communities in the 21st century and examine changing gender roles and societal expectations. Relevant issues are actively explored through a number of means including film, digital and print media, music lyrics, humour, panel discussions, class question-and-answer sessions and much more.
Learning Objectives1. Student has acquired a sound knowledge of social and cultural issues specifically relating to gender and has the ability to critically evaluate, manage, reflect on, integrate and apply knowledge.2. Student has the skills to contribute to his/her chosen discipline or profession as an effective leader and as a member of collaborative, cooperative and successful teams.3. Student demonstrates understanding of social context of gender from historical, socio-cultural and theoretical perspectives and is able to conceive strategies for managing gender based communication issues.4. Student is able to research and critically evaluate findings to develop a balanced viewpoint and to frame coherent and persuasive arguments.5. Student has the skills to communicate effectively within his/her profession, peer groups and the wider community.6. Student is aware of the standards, ethics and values of their discipline, in both the local and global context.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.