• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Gender Studies
  • Major code GEND-MAJ
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.

Learning Outcomes

  1. analyse, evaluate and apply contemporary theories of gender, sexuality, culture;
  2. use the conceptual vocabulary of gender and cultural studies to analyse contemporary issues and problems;
  3. use the methods of gender and cultural studies to analyse the way gender and sexuality are produced in culture, including written and visual texts;
  4. identify and understand interdisciplinary approaches to gender, sexuality and culture;
  5. communicate complex ideas in speech and writing; and
  6. 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:

A maximum of 12 units of courses at 1000 level

A minimum of 6 units of courses at 3000 level


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

GEND1001 - Sex, Gender and Identity: An Introduction to Gender Studies (6 units)

GEND1002 - Reading Popular Culture: An Introduction to Cultural Studies (6 units)


6 - 12 units from the completion of the following:

GEND2023 - Gender, Sex and Sexuality: An Introduction to Feminist Theory (6 units)

GEND2034 - Going Public: Sex, Sexuality and Feminism (6 units)


12 - 24 units from the completion of the following:

ASIA2006 - Gender in Korean History (6 units)

ASIA2311 - Gender and Cultural Studies in Asia and the Pacific (6 units)

ENGL2116 - Televisual: Investigating Narrative Television (6 units)

GEND2021 - Trauma, Memory and Culture (6 units)

GEND2035 - Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (6 units)

GEND2036 - Excessive Appetites: Sociocultural Perspectives on Addiction and Drug Use (6 units)

GEND2037 - Young People and Sex (6 units)

GEND2057 - Relationships, Marriage and Family (6 units)

GEND2074 - Jane Austen History and Fiction (6 units)

GEND2101 - Democracy, Difference and Desire (6 units)

HIST2229 - Sexuality in Australian History (6 units)

POLS2113 - Human Rights (6 units)

POLS2134 - Gender and Politics (6 units)


6 - 18 units from the completion of the following:

ENGL3034 - Queens and Tyrants: Gender and Power in Drama 1580-1630 (6 units)

ENGL3037 - Literature, Law and Human Rights (6 units)

GEND3001 - Posthuman Bodies (6 units)

GEND3016 - Writing Lives: Autobiography in Fiction and Memoir (6 units)

GEND3022 - Gender and Culture in Iran and the Middle East (6 units)

GERM3050 - Gender in German Culture: From Goethe to Trans* (6 units)

HUMN2004 - Global Vietnam: Gender, Labour and Migration (6 units)

PASI3002 - Gender and Sexuality in the Pacific (6 units)

PHIL3075 - The Philosophy of Gender: Knowledge, Power, Bodies (6 units)


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