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Study Gender Studies at Otago

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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, Politics, Law, Anthropology, 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

Tel +64 3 479 7951

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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

GEND 101  Gender in Everyday Life

GEND 102  Bodies, Sexualities and Selves




GEND 201  Introduction to Feminist Theory

Two of GEND 205, GEND 206, GEND 207, GEND 208, GEND 209, GEND 210, one of which may be replaced with ANTH 205, ARTV 202, CHIN 241, CLTE 204, GEOG 210, HIST 215, HIST 234, MFCO 212, POLS 202, RELS 209, or SOCI 205





Four of GEND 305, GEND 306, GEND 307, GEND 308, GEND 309, GEND 310, GEND 311, GEND 334, one of which may be replaced with ANTH 316, ANTH 322, ANTH 327, ARTV 302, ARTV 305, ARTV 306, EDUC 318, MFCO 301, RELS 309, or SOCI 302 or SOCI 305




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

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts

Total   360

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


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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)).

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Master of Arts (MA) in Gender Studies

  • Thesis: GEND 5

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Master of Arts (MA) in Gender Studies - coursework option


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Minor Subject Requirements

Gender Studies as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BHealSc, or BCom 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), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points

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

Total   90

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