Department of Gender and Cultural Studies HSC ‘Society and Culture’ PIP Workshop – School of Humanities Department of Gender and Cultural Studies HSC ‘Society and Culture’ PIP Workshop – School of Humanities

Department of Gender and Cultural Studies HSC ‘Society and Culture’ PIP Workshop



$30 per student (includes lunch and light morning tea on arrival)

  • No fee will be charged for teaching and school staff
  • Student fee waiver/reduction will be considered for special circumstances.
The Sibyl Centre,
The Women’s College,
University of Sydney
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  • 9 am | Arrival, registration and morning tea
    Morning tea will be available on arrival
  • 9:45 am | Welcomes and housekeeping
    Includes Acknowledgment of Country
  • 10-11 am | Session 1 
    Mini lectures (3x 15 minute mini lectures on key concepts)
  • 11-11:15 am | short break
    (Students to BYO snack if needed)
  • 11:15-12 noon | Session 2 
    Focussed discussion groups: Round-table discussions facilitated by a staff member, organised according to themes. Students will pre-register for preferred discussion group.
  • 12-45 pm 
  • 1-2 pm | Sessions 3a and 3b
    Session 3a | Mini lectures: Research Methods in Society and Culture: 3x mini lectures
    – run concurrently with
    Session 3b | Pre-booked individual 10-minute consultations with an expert on the student’s PIP project design or PIP topic area (limited places available).
  • 2-2:15 pm | Closing remarks
Mini lectures
  1. Understanding Power
  2. Understanding Gender (TBC)
  3. Media Influence and Harm: Thinking More Complexity
Themed small-group consultations

Students will each join one 30-minute discussion group of around 10 students, led by an expert. If your school is accepted into the program, your students will be asked to nominate their top 3 preferred topics, which we will do our best to accommodate. Topics have been selected to connect with core Society and Culture themes as well as to topics on which the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies frequently receives requests.

This list of topics is not yet finalised, but the following is indicative:

Feminism in the 21st century Media: “Sexualisation” and “objectification”
Social conformity & nonconformity Gender and climate change
Identity Indigenous perspectives
Environmental activism Globalisation
Migration and migrant experiences Gender and sexual diversity
Masculinity Social inclusion and exclusion
Popular culture Australian nationhood
Body image Diversity


Research methods in Society and Culture: 3 x 15 minute mini lectures
  1. Intelligent use of sources: popular materials, grey literature & scholarly sources
  2. Getting the most out of interview subjects: how to ask good questions
  3. Intersectionality as a research approach
Individual consultations
These will need to be pre-booked and numbers will be capped. Students with booked one-on-one consultations will need to come with pre-prepared materials, such as an outline and a set of questions (details to be advised).
For more information please contact the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI) Events team:


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Mar 17 2020


10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Sibyl Centre


The Sibyl Centre
Women's College, Western Avenue (near Carillon Avenue)


Gender and Cultural Studies
+61 2 9351 2759

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