Gender Studies Program

A major in Gender Studies offers you a unique interdisciplinary perspective on how gender shapes both formal knowledge and everyday experience. Since Simone de Beauvoir first announced, ‘One is not born a woman, one becomes one’, the study of gender has emerged as one of the most important areas of enquiry in the Humanities and Social Sciences. A major in Gender Studies enriches our knowledge of the practices, performances and representations that inform our understanding of masculinity, femininity, sexuality and identity and provides an important framework for considering social issues, ranging from debates about marriage equality and new forms of intimacy to gendered forms of labour, violence and representational practices. A major in Gender Studies will equip you with interdisciplinary research and writing skills that provide an important complement to degrees in Arts and Social Sciences, Law, Psychology, Nursing and Medicine and will assist in enhancing career prospects in these disciplines and fields.

In 2011 the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies is introducing first year units: GCST1601 Introduction to Cultural Studies and GCST2602 Introduction to Gender Studies. Gender Studies will now be available at first, second and third year and at fourth year Honours level.

The prerequisite for our second year units is 18 junior credit points which can be taken from any discipline/s. Although the first year units are not prerequisites for second year Gender Studies units, students wishing to do third year units will need to have successfully completed at least one of our first year units.

All Gender Studies units are available as individual or sets within other majors. Some are cross-listed for other majors. See the Faculty table of cross-listed units for more information.