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Study Gender Studies at Otago

Gender – how did it happen to you?

Why is there a gender pay gap?

Why are the All Blacks the ‘national team’?

Why is ‘male’ or ‘female’ part of a person’s identity?

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. It affects not only our identities, but 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.

In the past few decades, theoretical and everyday notions of gender and sexuality have undergone dramatic changes, influenced by both changes in the organisation of society and by a rapidly expanding field of critical inquiry. The field continues to produce dynamic research which is the focus of our teaching.

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Why study Gender Studies?

At New Zealand’s leading Gender Studies programme, we’ll surprise you. You’ll be introduced to different perspectives on things you’ve always taken for granted, while you explore television, film, news media, documentary, public debate, advertising, photography, subculture and fashion as well as scholarly reading.

Topics covered in the core programme include:

  • biological and cultural explanations of sex and gender
  • bodies in popular culture
  • cultural construction of sexuality
  • consumer culture and work
  • family life
  • gender in the media
  • violence
  • changing concepts of what it means to be male or female
  • gender, sexuality and state power
  • reproduction

Gender Studies runs a core programme but also introduces you to a whole range of disciplines.

A Gender Studies degree can include papers in Sociology, Criminology, Anthropology, Education, English, Film and Media, Geography, History, Law, Pacific Studies, Physical Education, Politics and Religious Studies.

Many Gender Studies papers can be credited towards other degree programmes, including majors in Anthropology, Film and Media, History, Politics, Philosophy, Sociology and the minor in Criminology.

Career opportunities

Gender Studies will enable you to develop skills and knowledge that will be welcome in a range of career areas.

These include:

  • Policy development and analysis
  • Human rights
  • Trade union and EEO work
  • Education
  • Human resources
  • Health and community advocacy
  • Business and management
  • Journalism and the media
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Arts, entertainment and museum work

Gender Studies will also enable you to develop personal and professional skills that are highly valued by employers:

  • The abilty to think broadly, critically and creatively
  • Appreciation of diverse points of view
  • The ability to analyse and participate in debate
  • Research skills
  • Clear and effective written expression
  • Verbal reasoning, verbal address
  • Team work

The critical perspectives and knowledge gained through training in Gender Studies are also applicable well beyond specific career contexts. An Arts degree with a Gender Studies major or minor provides you with skills that will prove useful through all aspects of your life.

Background required

All students are welcome to study Gender Studies at  Otago. No prior knowledge is  required.

Teaching style

The staff are enthusiastic and work interactively, and involve students actively in their own learning. Students are encouraged to think independently and to relate their academic learning to the world they encounter daily.

Gender Studies consistently gains high ratings for student satisfaction with their learning experience.

Qualifications

Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification pages.

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

Two other 200-level GEND papers, one of which may be replaced with ANTH 206, CHIN 241, GEOG 210, HIST 215, HIST 234, MFCO 212, POLS 202, RELS 209, or any 200-level SOCI paper

18

36

 

300-level

Four of 300-level GEND papers, one of which may be replaced with ANTH 322, ANTH 327, EDUC 318, ENGL 331, MFCO 301, RELS 309, or any 300-level SOCI paper

72

 

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

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

Papers

Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Gender Studies

The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) programme in Gender Studies is the same as the programme for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)).

Master of Arts (Coursework) (MA(Coursework)) in Gender Studies

Papers

Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Gender Studies

Thesis
  • Thesis: GEND 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Gender Studies or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Gender Studies must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Gender Studies prior to undertaking the thesis.

Minor subject requirements

Gender Studies as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, BACom, BASc or BComSc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) or Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc) 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, GEOG 210, HIST 215, HIST 226, HIST 234, MFCO 212, RELS 209, SOCI 205, ANTH 316, ANTH 322, ANTH 327, EDUC 318, ENGL 331, MFCO 301, RELS 309, SOCI 302, SOCI 305

 
Total   90

Papers

Paper code Year Title Points Teaching period
GEND101 2021 Gender in Everyday Life 18 points First Semester
GEND102 2021 Bodies, Sexualities and Society 18 points Second Semester
GEND201 2021 Introduction to Feminist Theory 18 points Second Semester
GEND205 2021 Gender and the Media 18 points Second Semester
GEND206 2021 Gender, Work and Consumer Culture 18 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
GEND207 2021 Masculinities 18 points First Semester
GEND208 2021 Governing Bodies 18 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
GEND209 2021 Critical Victimology 18 points Second Semester
GEND210 2021 Gender, Crime and Justice 18 points First Semester
GEND234 2021 Special Topic 18 points Not offered in 2021
GEND305 2021 Gender and the Media 18 points Second Semester
GEND306 2021 Gender, Work and Consumer Culture 18 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
GEND307 2021 Masculinities 18 points First Semester
GEND308 2021 Governing Bodies 18 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
GEND309 2021 Critical Victimology (Advanced) 18 points Second Semester
GEND310 2021 Gender, Crime and Justice 18 points First Semester
GEND311 2021 Interventions in Sexual Violence 18 points First Semester
GEND334 2021 Special Topic 18 points Not offered in 2021
GEND401 2021 Debates in Gender and Sexuality 20 points First Semester
GEND402 2021 Sexual Politics in Modern Ireland 20 points First Semester
GEND490 2021 Dissertation 60 points Full Year, 1st Non standard period
GEND590 2021 Research Dissertation 60 points 1st Non standard period, 2nd Non standard period

Key information for future students

Contact us

Sociology, Gender Studies and Criminology Programme
Tel +64 3 479 7951
Email sgsw@otago.ac.nz
Web otago.ac.nz/sgc