Gender Studies Major

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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 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 plus at least one of the following: GCST1601 Introduction to Cultural Studies and GCST 1603 Screen Cultures and Gender: Film to Apps.

You may replace one 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 how it situates us in relation to human rights, the environment, post-coloniality, race and class.

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, masculinity and environmental issues. You need to 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.

Senior-advanced (3000 level) 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. For a major in Gender Studies you complete a minimum of 6 credit points of core units at 3000 level.