Gender Studies Major

Please note: The information below is for students who are commencing in 2014.
Students who commenced their degree prior to 2014 should refer to the major requirements in the Faculty Handbook from the year in which you commenced– links to previous handbooks are available here

Pathway through the major

A major in Gender Studies requires 36 senior credit points, including at least 12 credit points from core units of study at 2000 level and at least 6 credit points of core units of study at 3000 (each unit of study is worth 6 credit points). The Gender Studies units of study that are on offer in 2014 can be found here.

A complete list of units of study available to the Gender Studies major can be found here. Please note that this list is for information purposes only and not all units of study will be on offer each year.

Junior units of study (1000 level)

In first year you will complete GCST1602 Introduction to Gender Studies and GCST1601 Introduction to Cultural Studies. You may replace one or both of these units with any junior units from Anthropology or Sociology or PHIL1011 Reality, Ethics and Beauty, PHIL1013 Society, Knowledge and Self, ENGL1008 Australian Texts: International Contexts or ENGL1026 Constructing the Fictive Self.

GCST1602 Introduction to Gender Studies familiarises students with foundational concepts in the study of gender, including how gender organises our lives, bodies, sexualities and desires.

Senior units of study (2000 and 3000 level)

You can choose from a range of senior-intermediate (2000 level) units of study that are designed to broaden your knowledge of issues related to the study of gender, including sexuality and identity, sexuality and violence, theories of intimacy and friendship and masculinity. You will complete a minimum of 12 credit points at 2000 level from core units of study. Progression is achieved through both breadth and depth, allowing you to explore the diversity of approaches to the study of gender, sexuality and identity.

For a major in Gender Studies, you will complete a minimum of six credit points of core units at senior-advanced (3000) level. Senior-advanced units of study extend the research and learning experience for students. These options build on junior and senior-intermediate areas of study, including sexuality, queer theory, the body and ideas of intimacy, community and belonging but allow for a greater depth of focus either through the use of sophisticated theoretical tools or research methods, or both.