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Gender Studies

Major

The Gender Studies major offers you a unique interdisciplinary perspective on how gender shapes both formal knowledge and everyday experience. It encourages you to think beyond common-sense ideas about what it means to be male or female, and to recognise instead the many different ways that people embody and experience gender. The study of gender is one of the most intellectually challenging and socially important areas of enquiry in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

A major in Gender Studies will enrich your knowledge and understandings of masculinity, femininity, sexuality and identity and will provide 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.

This major equips you with critical and conceptual skills, as well as 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.

For more information on the program structure and content including unit of study information, please refer to the Arts and Social Sciences Handbook.

Timetable

View the Gender Studies Unit timetable. 
Please note this timetable is indicative only.

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates enter a wide range of careers. Examples include:

  • Advocacy and welfare officer
  • Community development officer
  • Journalist or cultural critic
  • Academic
  • Health and welfare officer
  • Human resources officer
  • Political and public policy adviser
  • Social researcher
  • Teacher (with further study)
  • Social worker (with further study)

The course information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.