• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Gender Studies
  • Major code GEND-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Gender, Sexuality and Culture Major

Gender, Sexuality and Culture teaches students the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills required to analyse gender, sexuality and other categories of difference from a critical perspective.  It trains students in the use of a conceptual vocabulary that facilitates critical thinking about gender relations and the role of culture in maintaining social norms. It challenges students to move beyond common sense understandings of gender and sexuality by examining the way they are constructed in different historical periods, cultural arenas and global processes.

Gender, Sexuality and Culture major aims to develop students' capacity for thinking and communicating creatively and independently about society, identity and culture. It encourages a reflexive and questioning approach to knowledge. It draws on the disciplines of Gender Studies and Cultural Studies, and theoretical and methodological frameworks such as feminist theory, queer theory, postcolonial theory and post-structuralism.



Due to structural changes in the undergraduate program rules in 2012, the courses that make up the new 2012 majors may be different to the pre-2012 majors, and therefore some courses cannot be counted between majors.  Students are advised to contact the CASS Student Office if they are unsure about their Majors.


Learning outcomes

Successful completion of this major enables students to:

  • Analyse, evaluate and apply contemporary theories of gender, sexuality, culture.
  • Use the conceptual vocabulary of gender and cultural studies to analyse contemporary issues and problems.
  • Use the methods of gender and cultural studies to analyse the way gender and sexuality are produced in culture, including written and visual texts.
  • Identify and understand interdisciplinary approaches to gender, sexuality and culture.
  • Communicate complex ideas in speech and writing.
  • Reflect critically on the knowledge and skills developed in their study of Gender, Sexuality and Culture.
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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
GEND1001 Sex, Gender and Identity: An Introduction to Gender Studies 6
GEND1002 Reading Popular Culture: An Introduction to Cultural Studies 6

A minimum of 24 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ANTH2025 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective 6
ASIA2006 Gender in Korean History 6
ASIA2166 East Asian Women and War 6
ASIA3610 Globalising Southeast Asia: Capitalism, Media, and 21st Century Cultures 6
ENGL2074 Jane Austen History and Fiction 6
GEND2016 Writing Lives: Autobiography in Fiction and Memoir 6
GEND2021 Trauma, Memory and Culture 6
GEND2024 Gender in Humanities: Reading Jane Eyre 6
GEND2025 Gender, Health and Embodiment 6
GEND2030 The Politics of Dance/Musicals 6
GEND2031 Cinema in Southeast Asia: Genre and Cultural Identities 6
GEND2032 Multiculturalism in Australia through Food and Sport 6
HIST2213 Real Men: Masculinities in Western History 6
HIST2224 Colonialism, Sex, Race and Gender: Historical Episodes 6
HIST2229 Sexuality in Australian History 6
ITAL3014 Women in Italian Society 6
MEAS2107 Gender and Culture in Iran and the Middle East 6
PHIL2111 Global Citizens 6
PHIL2101 Democracy, Difference and Desire 6
POLS2085 Gendered Politics of War 6
POLS2064 Global Social Movements 6
POLS2075 Globalism and the Politics of Identity 6
SOCY2044 Sex, Gender and Society 6
SOCY2057 Relationships, Marriage and Family 6
SOCY2026 Excessive Appetites: Sociocultural Perspectives on Addiction, Drug Use and Gender 6

A minimum of 6 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
GEND2023 Gender, Sex and Sexuality: An Introduction to Feminist Theory 6
GEND2034 Going Public: Sex, Sexuality and Feminism 6
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