Gender is a complex element of social and cultural existence with far-reaching implications for the course of our lives. It shapes the work we do and how we spend our leisure time, our income, our family relationships and friendships, the value and meanings we attach to other people and activities, what we eat and how we dress, and even how we speak and move. In the last few decades, theoretical and everyday notions of gender have undergone dramatic changes, influenced both by changes in the organisation of society and by a rapidly expanding field of critical inquiry.
This new field of inquiry concerns broad questions of difference - race, class and sexuality, for example, as well as gender. It is at the forefront of significant critical and theoretical developments in the Social Sciences and Humanities.
Our students currently combine their Gender Studies major with subjects such as English, History, Political Studies, Law, Anthropology, Art History, Education, and others. The staff work in an interactive way, and prefer informal teaching methods. Our Research Seminar series, bringing together research from across the University and from visiting speakers, is open to students.
- Bachelor of Arts (BA)
- Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc)
- Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons))
- Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts)
- Master of Arts (MA)
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
See the full list of Gender Studies (GEND) papers.
Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Gender Studies
GEND 101 Gender in Everyday Life
GEND 102 Bodies, Sexualities and Selves
GEND 201 Introduction to Feminist Theory
and one of:
GEND 306 Gender, Work and Consumer Culture
198 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.
Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts
Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) in Gender Studies
Master of Arts (MA) in Gender Studies
Minor Subject Requirements
Gender Studies as a minor subject for a BA, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc or BCom degree
Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) or Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree
Five GEND papers, at least three of which must be above 100-level, including at least one above 200-level
One 100- or 200-level GEND paper may be replaced by one of the following: ANTH 205, CLTE 204, GEOG 210, HIST 215, HIST 226, HIST 234, MFCO 212, RELS 209, SOCI 205, ANTH 316, ANTH 322, ANTH 327, ARTV 305, ARTV 306, EDUC 318, ENGL 331, MFCO 301, RELS 309, SOCI 302, SOCI 305