Naughty Boys, Bad Girls: Gender Discipline at Home and at School

Macquarie University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Naughty Boys, Bad Girls: Gender Discipline at Home and at School

  • Host University

    Macquarie University

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Gender Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    39 credit points

  • 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

    Are boys expected to be naughty, while girls are quiet but in danger of sexual entanglement as teenagers? This unit is concerned with the people who live out these expectations and yet complicate them in the home and the classroom: young children, tweens and teens, parents and teachers. It combines the sociology of education with the study of gender in early childhood, adolescence and youth. Class and race (or culture, ethnicity and religion) play a part along with age, gender and sexuality. The focus of the unit is on discipline and punishment as these are directed towards children at home and at school. What are the problems, conflicts and disruptions faced by young people and their parents and teachers? What are the best strategies for managing them? What are the best tools for understanding them? Fairy tales and children's books (eg, 'Pinocchio', 'Naughty stories for good boys and girls'), TV and film ('Supernanny', 'Boot Camp', 'Mean Girls'), expert advice and self-help manuals (Dr Spock, 'Toddler Taming') are explored alongside the sociological, educational, psychological and gender studies literature offering insight into the behaviour of boys and girls today.

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.