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Defining Women: Social Institutions and Cultural Diversity

  • Qualification:

    Undergraduate unit

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    13 Weeks

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  • Awarded by:

    Griffith University

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Course Unit
A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

What you'll learn

About this unit

This online unit, offered by Open Universities Australia in partnership with Griffith University, looks at women's changing place in Western society. In Defining Women: Social Institutions and Cultural Diversity, you will consider if all women seek the same things, focusing on Indigenous Australian women and women from non-Western countries as a point of comparison. You'll also look at the far-reaching impact of feminism, and the issues women face on a daily basis.

Over 13 weeks, you will gain a better understanding of women's studies, and how it is relevant to your own experiences and day-to-day life. Complete this unit with a better understanding of diversity and inequality, and how gendered identities are shaped through social institutions like family, work and the law.


Anyone can apply.

Course pathways

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but content may be relevant to a number of courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

Areas of study

In this Defining Women: Social Institutions and Cultural Diversity unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Women's health
  • Sexualities in families
  • Equality and social institutions
  • Women and cultural diversity
  • Indigenous women
  • Maternity: cross cultural issues and practices
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

This undergraduate unit on Defining Women: Social Institutions and Cultural Diversity will give you a well-rounded introduction to the field of women's studies. By studying women's changing role in the world, you will gain a greater understanding of diversity and equality and how you fit within this picture.

Students who take this course will be well placed for further study in the fields of women's studies, English literature, history, communications, counselling and community development. This list is by no means exhaustive, though; completing Defining Women: Social Institutions and Cultural Diversity gives students skills and knowledge that can be applied to many areas of study and work.

Payment options & support

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.


You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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