Document Type



Centre for the Development of Human Resources, Edith Cowan University

Place of Publication

Joondalup, Western Australia


Centre for the Development of Human Resources


Stehlik, D. (1994). Feminist excavations: a collection of essays on women, the family and ideology. Joondalup, Australia: Centre for the Development of Human Resources, Edith Cowan University.


Applied Women's Studies at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia is now entering its seventh year. The program has consisted of an undergraduate minor within the Bachelor of Social Science degree as well as a Graduate Diploma.1994 is an exciting milestone for the program as its moves into a Bachelor degree with Applied Women's Studies as a major. The Graduate Diploma program will also continue. The aim of the program is to:

develop the theory and knowledge necessary to understand the issues and concerns of women and their roles in society. By taking an applied focus, it develops the skills needed to work in those areas of service development and social change where women are the primary focus.

Women, the Family and Ideology is a key unit within the Applied Women's Studies Program and in 1993, it was offered as a third year unit. As part of their assessment, students were invited to explore in depth, an issue which interested them within the broad context of the unit. Students were asked to consider the historical context and ideological perspective of the theme they were analysing. The feminist critique was to be identified and discussed within this framework. As feminism does not have one theoretical basis but a number, students were asked to identify and analyse the feminist theoretical construct that best suited their argument. These essays are a collection from those submitted. A brief background to the broad context of the unit will now be given...