Gender Studies Major

Bachelor of Arts, 3 years full-time, Parkville. CRICOS code: 002167E

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Students who complete this major will:

  • Have developed a detailed knowledge and understanding of how concepts and practices of gender and sexuality function in contemporary societies
  • Acquire critical and analytical skills and methods to enable the
 identification and critical analysis of gender- and sexuality-related issues within complex, changing social and cultural contexts
  • Articulate the relationship between diverse forms of knowledge on gender and sexuality and the social, historical and cultural contexts that produced them
  • Develop an independent approach to understanding the cross-disciplinary field of gender studies that uses rigorous methods of inquiry and appropriate methodologies, that are applied with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values
  • Appreciate the value of an international and interdisciplinary approach to the study of gender and sexuality, and the relevance of gender studies skills, practices and understandings to a broad range of professional and disciplinary contexts
  • Work with independence, self-reflection and creativity to meet goals and challenges in the workplace and personal life
  • Deploy insights generated from their intellectual engagements with gender studies to act as informed and critically discriminating participants within the community of scholars, as citizens and in the work force
  • Communicate their knowledge effectively in a variety of oral and written 
  • Be able to work effectively in groups, with awareness and sensitivity to diversity of backgrounds and cultural difference, in order to address shared goals

Course Description

Offered by Faculty of Arts

Gender Studies considers the effect of gender and sexuality on a range of discourses embedded within culture, identity and global history. Subjects consider ideas about sexual difference, sexual politics and sexuality through close engagement with a broad variety of theorists, case studies and media. The training you will receive in the role of gender in everyday life and in global cultures will prepare you to deal with the gendered nature of the workplace and society.


  • Sociology
  • Community development
  • Policy development
  • Government
  • Academia
  • Research

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