Department of Gender and Cultural Studies
Welcome to the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies home page! The Department is part of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Here you can find out all about our teaching and research and also get in touch with staff and postgraduate researchers.
Undergraduate and Honours
The Department offers two distinct undergraduate majors – one in Cultural Studies and one in Gender Studies - that can be taken within your Bachelor of Arts degree. You can also do one or more subjects offered by our department to enrich another major.
For potential students who already have an undergraduate degree (or equivalent), we also offer Honours programs in Cultural Studies and Gender Studies and a joint Honours program.
The Department offers a one year Master of Cultural Studies program, which can also be taken part time. The MCS offers specialisations in: cultural studies in gender; media, culture and society; culture, diversity and difference; and cultural debates. Within that program you can also choose from two shorter courses – the Graduate Diploma and the Graduate Certificate. We offer flexible class times and dedicated support and mentoring, especially for returning and international students.
Our staff have an outstanding research record spanning a range of fields in Gender Studies and Cultural Studies. Go to the staff links to find out more about our research projects and publications, or to contact a staff member. We're particularly proud of the postgraduate research culture in the Department - please check our postgraduate pages for more information.
Series 3 of Go Back To Where You Came From aired on SBS on from 28-30 July 2015 to critical acclaim. A lot of research goes in to producing these shows, including up-to-date topic content. The Department of Gender and Cultural Studies is proud that one of their Master of Cultural Studies interns, Isabel Cruz Aroca, worked with Production company Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder to undertake the critical research that contributed to the location filming.
Go Back To Where You Came From is a Logie Award-winning Australian TV documentary series, produced by Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder Productions and broadcast on SBS. It has, arguably, had a profound effect on how 'average' Australians' view refugees, and series one and two (airing in 2013 and 2014) ignited national debate about how Australia responds to refugees and asylum seekers. The three episodes of season three are available on SBS On Demand