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

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

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  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. identify and understand interdisciplinary approaches to gender, sexuality and culture;
  4. communicate complex ideas in speech and writing; and
  5. reflect critically on the knowledge and skills developed in their study of Gender, Sexuality and Culture.
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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

6 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 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
ASIA2311 Gender and Cultural Studies in Asia and the Pacific 6
ENGL2116 Televisual: Investigating Narrative Television 6
GEND2021 Trauma, Memory and Culture 6
  GEND 2024: Gender in Humanities
GEND2035 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective 6
GEND2036 Excessive Appetites: Sociocultural Perspectives on Addiction and Drug Use 6
GEND2057 Relationships, Marriage and Family 6
  GEND 2064: Global Social Movements
GEND2074 Jane Austen History and Fiction 6
  GEND 2085: Gendered Pols of War
  GEND 2101: Democracy, Difference and Desi
  GEND 2107: Gender & Culture in MiddleEast
  GEND 2111: Global Citizens
  HIST 2213: Real Men
  HIST 2229: Sexuality in Aust Hist
POLS2134 Gender and Politics 6
POLS2113 Human Rights 6
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