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Study Gender Studies at Otago

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Overview

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.

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Contact details

262 Leith Walk
PO Box 56
Dunedin
Tel 64 3 479 7951
Fax 64 3 479 7653
Email sgsw@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/sgsw

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Qualifications

Papers

See the full list of Gender Studies (GEND) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Gender Studies

Level Papers Points
100-level

GEND 101  Gender in Everyday Life

GEND 102  Bodies, Sexualities and Selves

18

18

200-level

GEND 201  Introduction to Feminist Theory

One of GEND 205, GEND 207, GEND 208, GEND 209, GEND 210

and one of:
ANTH 205  Contemporary Pacific Cultures
ARTV 202  Theories and Debates
CLTE 204  Dress and Society
GEOG 210  Social Geography
HIST 215   Heretics, Witches, and Inquisitors
HIST 234   Crime, Shame and Scandal in New Zealand
MFCO 212 Media and Intercultural Communication
RELS 209  The Body in Asian Religions
SOCI 205  Social Inequality

18

18

 

18

300-level

GEND 306  Gender, Work and Consumer Culture

Two of GEND 305, GEND 307, GEND 308, GEND 309, GEND 310, GEND 334

and one of:
ANTH 316, ANTH 322, ANTH 327, ARTV 302, ARTV 305, ARTV 306, EDUC 318, MFCO 301, RELS 309, SOCI 302, SOCI 305

18

36

 

18

Plus

198 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts

198
Total   360

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Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) in Gender Studies

Papers

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Master of Arts (MA) in Gender Studies

Thesis
  • Thesis: GEND 5

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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

Level Papers Points

Five GEND papers, at least three of which must be above 100-level, including at least one above 200-level

90

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

 
Total   90

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