HSRV208-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Gender Sensitivity and the Human Services

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


This course provides students with the opportunity to critically analyse how gender is assembled and performed. The course develops students' knowledge of theories, experiences and issues of gender as they apply to areas of human services work. Students are encouraged to think about diverse ways in which social structure mechanisms can: support and maintain notions of femininity and masculinity, affect the choices available to women and men, and shape ideas regarding individual and social well-being. Examples will be provided by field practitioners to facilitate the examination of the economic, psychological, and social risks faced by women and men as consumers and providers of human services, and analyse the ways in which human services define, validate, and promote human well-being.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding of the social-cultural constructions of ‘gender’
  • Development of reflective skills in relation to understanding the complex constructions of gender in practice, institutional/structural and organisational frameworks.  
  • Understanding of the relationship between gender inequailities, power and change in human systems.
  • Appreciation of the ethical values and legal obligations of human service delivery systems
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


HSRV103 and HSRV104; or, 15 points at 100 level in HSRV and 30 points at 100 level from either Schedule C to the BSW, Schedule V to the BA, or
Schedules C or E to the BCJ; or 60 points at 100 level from the BA, BSW or BCJ.



Course Coordinator

Maria-Victoria Perez Y Perez


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Class Participation 10% Due date to be advised
Literature Review 26 Mar 2021 30%
Reflexive Essay 21 May 2021 30%
Online Test 30% Date to be advised


Course readings and resources will be available on LEARN.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $785.00

International fee $3,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All HSRV208 Occurrences

  • HSRV208-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021
  • HSRV208-21S1 (D) Semester One 2021 (Distance)