|Managing faculty||Faculty of Arts|
|Offered by||School of Political and Social Inquiry|
Women's and gender studies is an exciting interdisciplinary field of study offering feminist perspectives on gender, sexuality and culture. The study programs provide graduates with a broad knowledge of, and a familiarity with, a wide range of feminist and social and cultural theories and methodologies of gender. The postgraduate programs seek to bring innovative theory and research techniques to the study of women's lives, their status in society, and the dilemmas and contradictions surrounding gender identity, power relations and sexualities. In this way, women's studies attempts to correct the absence of material on women and gender relations that for a long time characterised more traditional areas of study. Women's and gender studies also emphasises the diversity of women's experience and the different cultural and historical forms of gendered and sexual embodiment and experience. Beyond general considerations of the changing status of women and where dominant ideas and assumptions about gender and sexual difference come from, women's and gender studies therefore also covers broader issues of:
Supervisory expertise is offered in:
The entry below only details the coursework component of this degree. For all requirements including the research/thesis component refer to the full course entry.
This program is recommended for candidates who may not have a strong academic background in feminist theory and gender issues or who are returning to study after a break and would benefit from undertaking coursework units to enhance their understanding of the field.
* Unless completed at level four in which case another approved level five unit will be selected.
Course coordinator: Dr JaneMaree Maher
For a list of units in this area of study refer to the requirements for courses listed under 'Relevant courses'.