Faculty of Arts

Gender Studies

Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary major which provides a strong emphasis on what has traditionally been described as Women's Studies. This focus needs to be retained in the so-called post-feminist age, with its increasingly sophisticated and pervasive attempts to persuade the consumer/reader/viewer that gender equity is finally here, and belief systems are merely are matter of choice. One of the tasks of this major is to address and redress this notion. At the same time - as its name indicates - subjects in the major increasingly attempt to deal not only with the impact of being gendered as female, but also with definitions of masculinity and queer theory.

In this major, the construction of gender is viewed from a variety of academic perspectives: literary, historical, sociological, and legal; and deals with a range of associated cultural issues: eg. race, ethnicity, class, and the family.

The major recognises that students come from a range of backgrounds and may want to study over a range of areas. Accordingly, the major is made up of subjects from the faculties of Arts, Commerce, Education, Health and Behavioural Sciences, Law and Science.

Major Study

A major in Gender Studies consists of at least 54 credit points chosen from the following range of subjects (at least 24 credit points must be at 300-level). Students will choose at least five subjects from the list of Specialist Electives, and no more than two from the list of General Electives. Normal pre-requisites apply for the following subjects unless these are waived by the Head of Unit. This applies, in particular, to LAW subjects, for which LAW100 Law in Society is a necessary pre-requisite and will not be waived. Please note: not all subjects will be available in any one year.

Minor Study

A minor in Gender Studies will consist of at least 28 credit points of subjects from the Course Structure of the Gender Studies major including not more than two subjects at 100-level. At least three of the subjects must be from the list of Specialist Electives. Students may not cross-count any subjects from the minor in any other minor or major study.

Honours

See Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Study Program

Specialist Electives

Students must choose at least five subjects from this list

Session

Credit Points

100-Level

ENGL121

Text and Gender

N/O 2008

6

200-Level

ECON208

Gender Work and the Family

Autumn

6

ENGL260

Nineteenth Century Australian Literary Culture

Autumn

8

POL 290

Women in Society - Productive and Reproductive Labour

N/O 2008

8

SOC 205

Sociology of the Family

Spring

8

300-Level

EDUE324

Gender and Social Justice

Spring

6

ENGL337

Sex Power and Chivalry: Medieval to Modern Literature

Spring

8

ENGL345

20th Century Women's Literature

Spring

8

ENGL365

19th Century Women's Literature

Autumn

8

ENGL375

Australia Fair: Nation, “Race”, Culture

Spring

8

HIST318

The Making of the Modern Australian Woman

Spring

8

PHIL363

Philosophy of Feminism

N/O 2008

8

SOC 330

Gender and Society

Spring

8

LAW 335

Anti-Discrimination Law

N/O 2008

6

General Electives

Students must choose no more than two subjects from this list.

Session

Credit Points

100-Level

EESC104

The Human Environment: Problems and Change

Spring

6

ENGL113

Contemporary Writing in Australia

Spring

6

POP 102

Sex, Drugs and Rock'n'Roll: Public Health Perspectives

N/O 2008

6

SOC 103

Aspects of Australian Society

Autumn

6

200-Level

EDUF212

Education II

Spring

6

ENGL255

Eighteenth Century Literature and Culture

Spring

8

ENGL259

An Introduction to Canadian Literature

Spring

8

300-Level

MACS330

The Practices of Everyday Life

Spring

8

LAW 303

Children, Families and the Law

Spring

6

PHIL380

Bioethics

Spring

8

Last reviewed: 11 July, 2014