Ethics, Gender and the Family

University of Melbourne

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Ethics, Gender and the Family

  • Host University

    University of Melbourne

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Ethics, Family Studies, Gender Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The family continues to be regarded as a private institution that should be immune to public scrutiny, despite the increasing intervention in the family by public institutions - notably, the law, education, medicine and social services. Towards the end of the 20th century, feminist thinkers challenged the view that the family is a private domain and there is now a growing tradition of using alternative perspectives, such as gender studies and childhood studies to examine the family as a site of contestation over members? rights and responsibilities.
    An indicative list of topics in this subject is as follows: the public/private divide; feminist perspectives on families; men?s contemporary roles and power in families in diverse cultural contexts; the roles and power in families of the ?helping professions?; globalization, family diversity and the normalization of family life; the state regulation of families; the compatibility of parents? and children?s rights.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.