Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Introduction to Gender Studies and Public Speaking

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Gender and Sexualities

DESCRIPTION This study-unit is intended as a taster to gender studies. It looks at the history of women’s studies, and briefly skims through the various feminist theories. It then tackles discrimination based on gender in our society, and goes on to look at three particular areas where this is found, namely violence against women, mental health and the politics of appearance.

This unit will also offer students practical guidance and opportunities for developing and implementing effective public presentations. It will look at elements of communication, types and purposes of speeches, and factors to consider when planning and delivering speeches including audience analysis, organisation of the speech, supporting materials and audio-visual aids, physical setting, overcoming fear and attire.

Study-unit Aims:

- To increase students’ knowledge and self-awareness of discrimination and oppression on the grounds of gender.
- To introduce students to public speaking and allow them to plan and deliver effective speeches.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- discuss and better understand general and specific discrimination and oppression on the grounds of gender that still exists within our society and reflect on the part we all play in this (self-awareness);
- increase their awareness of gender discrimination around them;
- outline features and processes which will facilitate an effective public presentation to suit different circumstances.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- implement goal setting and self-assessment with respect to public speaking;
- plan and deliver an effective presentation in a public setting;
- critically assess her/his public presentation.

Main Text/s and any Supplementary Readings:

Main Text for Gender Studies:

- Richardson, D. & Robertson, V. (Eds) 20071993 Introducing Gender and Women’s Studies. 3rd edition. Palgrave Macmillan:UK.

Main Text for Public Speaking:

- Beebe, S.A. & Beebe, S.J. (2006) Public Speaking: an Audience-Centred Approach, 6th edition, Pearson/Allyn and Bacon.

Supplementary Readings for Gender Studies:

- Aaron & Walby 1991 Out of the Margins : Women’s Studies in the 90’s Falmer’s Press.
- Corey & Corey 2006 I Never Knew I Had a Choice Thompson/Brooks/Cole.
- De Beauvoir, Simone 1973 The Second Sex.
- Friedan, Betty 1963 The Feminine Mystique.
- Friedan Betty 1981 The Second Stage.
- Gage, Carolyn 1994 The Second Coming of Joan of Arc Herbooks: USA.
- Giddens, A. 2006 Sociology Polity Press: UK.
- Oakley, Ann 2002 Gender on Planet Earth Polity Press: UK .
- Wollstonecraft, Mary 1792 A Vindication of the Rights of Women.

Further references and relevant readings will be given for each session.

Supplementary Readings for Public Speaking:

- Bottita, M. (2004) How to Succeed at Public Speaking, Baker.
- Carnegie, D. (1997). How to develop self confidence and influence people by public speaking. Vermillion.
- DeVito J.A. (2005) The Essential Elements of Public Speaking, 2nd edition, Pearson.
- German, K.M. et al. (2006) Principles of Public Speaking, 6th edition, Allyn & Bacon.
- Grice, G.L. & Skinner, J.F. (2006) Mastering Public Speaking, 6th edition, Pearson.
- Hanna, M. (2005) Public Speaking for Personal Success, Pearson.
- Kelly, S.F. & Kelly, R.J. (2002) Speaking naturally : Your guide to confident successful public speaking. The Wellness Institute.
- Lucas, S.E. (2006) The Art of Public Speaking, 9th edition, McGraw-Hill.

A Reading Pack and suggestions for Online resources are provided by the lecturer.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Seminar

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation SEM1 Yes 30%
Assignment SEM1 Yes 35%
Reflective Diary SEM1 Yes 35%

Manwel Debono
Marceline Naudi (Co-ord.)
Suzanne Piscopo

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