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

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

  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 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)

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

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

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

A minimum of 6 units and a maximum of 12 units from the completion of the following list:

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)

ENGL2085 - Strange Home: Rethinking Australian Literature

ENGL2087 - Reality Effects: Truth, Representation and Narrative Form (6 units)

ENGL2222 - Great Writers: Gender, Authorship and History (6 units)

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

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

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

GEND2057 - Relationships, Marriage and Family (6 units)

GEND2074 - Jane Austen History and Fiction (6 units)

GEND3001 - Posthuman Bodies (6 units)

HIST2315 - Africans and Afro-descendants (6 units)

MEAS2005 - Gender and Culture in Iran and the Middle East (6 units)

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

POLS2113 - Human Rights (6 units)

POLS2134 - Gender and Politics (6 units)

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