|Unit convenor and teaching staff||
Unit convenor and teaching staff
Dr Rebecca Sheehan
Contact via 98507947
Office C313, Level 3 West Wing, 25C Wally's Walk
By appointmentLecturer and Tutor
Dr Saartje Tack
40cp at 1000 level or above
The family is full of paradoxes. While it is an intimate space of love, safety and nurturance, people frequently experience conflicts and even violence. The family and home are often considered private sites, but they are also popular topics of intense public debate and major targets of government intervention. In this unit, we examine the increasingly diverse ways in which family life is imagined and practised in contemporary societies. The focus is on how families are bound up with gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, class and nation-states. By exploring topics such as work-life balance, marriage and friends-as-family, students interpret the changing landscapes of families, and analyse the interlinkage between their personal lives and wider social and cultural changes. The central aim is to understand important current issues concerning families so that we can generate ideas to build a just world.
Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://www.mq.edu.au/study/calendar-of-dates
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
See iLearn for more information on specific assessments.
Please be aware of the following policies in regard to assignments:
Academic Integrity Policy: https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/academic-integrity. The university takes plagiarism very seriously and there are penalties for using other people's work as your own. This includes directly quoting other people's work without quotation marks and/or acknowledgement. Please check this unit's iLearn site for resources on how to cite your sources properly and avoid plagiarism.
Special Consideration Policy: https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/special-consideration
Assessment Policy: https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/assessment. For specifics on Grading Policy, click on the "Schedule 1" tab.
Requests for Extensions
To request an extension for a period up to and including 5 working days, please email your tutor.
To apply for an extension of more than 5 working days please complete a Special Consideration request and submit it online. For more information see the Special Consideration Policy above and find further details here: https://students.mq.edu.au/study/my-study-program/special-consideration.
Late Assessment Penalty
Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply—two (2) marks out of 100 will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date—and (b) no assignment will be accepted more than seven (7) days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline. No late submissions will be accepted for timed assessments—e.g. quizzes, online tests.
|Essay Assignment Part 1: Annotated Bibliography||20%||No||Week 6|
|Essay Assignment Part 2: Essay Writing||40%||No||Week 13|
Participate in class activities to explain key concepts, analyse relevant issues and communicate insights.
Take weekly quizzes based on the unit content. The quizzes remain open for one week.
Develop an annotated bibliography to prepare for the Part 2 of the two-part Essay Assignment.
Write an essay (2,000 words).
1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:
2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation
This unit will be delivered online only in 2021. There will be a weekly 2 hour lecture and a 1 hour tutorial. Depending on the mode of enrolment, the tutorial will be conducted via zoom (for internal students) or online discussion boards (for external students).
Students will need a computer and the Internet to access unit resources such as the recorded lecture, texts, the quiz assignment and all the essential communication with the unit convenor and other students. The unit iLearn page contains all the necessary information for students to successfully complete this unit.
Week 1 - Introduction to Modern Families
Week 2 - Gender Roles and Family Ideals in the Modern Era
Week 3 - Family and Domestic Work
Week 4 - Gender, Employment and Occupations
Week 5 - Marriage & Divorce
Week 6 - Reproduction: From Fertility to Adoption
Week 7 - Socialisation and Class Inequality
Week 8 - Consultation Week
Week 9 - Gender Socialisation: Spotlight on Transgender Kids
Week 10 - Domestic Violence
Week 11 - The Global Outsourcing of Care
Week 12 - Friendship and family
Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://policies.mq.edu.au). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:
Students seeking more policy resources can visit Student Policies (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/policies). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.
Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct
Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to help you improve your marks and take control of your study.
The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources.
Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.
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