Gender Studies

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Why study Gender Studies?

Since Simone de Beauvoir first announced that ‘One is not born a woman, one becomes one’, the study of gender has become one of the most significant new disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. The study of gender enriches our knowledge of the practices, performances and representations that inform our understanding of masculinity, femininity and sexuality.

Gender Studies allows students to explore how sex and gender are understood and lived in their own and other cultures, providing students with the tools to analyse a wide range of issues. The department is committed to equipping students with research and writing skills that will assist in opening up a range of career prospects. The study of gender also profoundly enriches studies in the humanities and social sciences and provides an important complement to degrees specialising in law or legal studies, the sciences, the arts, government and policy-making, and international relations.

Why study Gender Studies at the University of Sydney?

The Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney is the leading centre for research into gender and culture in Australia. Renowned internationally for interdisciplinary research and teaching in feminist and gender studies, the Department has some of Australia's foremost academics and theorists in gender on staff, drawing for their research and teaching on a wide range of humanities and social science disciplines.