• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Gender Studies
  • Minor code GESX-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Gender and Sexuality Minor

Gender and Sexuality Studies 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 and Sexuality minor 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 theoretical and methodological frameworks such as feminist theory, queer theory, postcolonial theory and post-structuralism.


Learning outcomes

Successful completion of this minor enables students to:

  • Analyse, evaluate and apply contemporary theories of gender and sexuality.
  • Use the conceptual vocabulary of gender studies to analyse contemporary issues and problems.
  • Use the methods of gender to analyse the way gender and sexuality are produced in culture, including written and visual texts.
  • Identify and understand interdisciplinary approaches to gender and sexuality.
  • Communicate complex ideas in speech and writing.
  • Reflect critically on the knowledge and skills developed in their study of Gender and Sexuality.
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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

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

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 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

A maximum of 12 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ASIA2006 Gender in Korean History 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
GEND2026 Technoculture and the Body 6
GEND2035 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective 6
GEND2057 Relationships, Marriage and Family 6
GEND2064 Global Social Movements 6
GEND2074 Jane Austen History and Fiction 6
GEND2075 Globalism and the Politics of Identity 6
GEND2085 Gendered Politics of War 6
GEND2101 Democracy, Difference and Desire 6
GEND2107 Gender and Culture in Iran and the Middle East 6
GEND2111 Global Citizens 6
GEND3014 Women in Italian Society 6
HIST2213 Real Men: Masculinities in Western History 6
HIST2224 Colonialism, Sex, Race and Gender: Historical Episodes 6
HIST2229 Sexuality in Australian History 6
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