• 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 to analyse gender, sexuality and other categories of difference critically. It trains students to use a conceptual vocabulary that facilitates critical thinking about the role of culture, society and economy in maintaining gender norms and hierarchies. It challenges students to move beyond common sense understandings of gender and sexuality by examining how they are constructed in different historical periods, cultural contexts and global processes.

The Gender, Sexuality and Culture major develops students' capacity for thinking and communicating creatively and independently about society, identity and power. It encourages a reflexive and questioning approach to knowledge. It draws on the disciplines of Gender Studies, Cultural Studies and Sociology. Students will have opportunities to learn about diverse theoretical and methodological frameworks such as those represented by feminist theory, queer theory, critical race studies, social constructivism, social and cultural studies of family/kinship and political economy.

Learning Outcomes

  1. analyse, evaluate and apply contemporary theories of gender, sexuality, culture and society;
  2. use the conceptual vocabulary of gender studies, cultural studies and social theory to analyse contemporary issues and problems;
  3. use the methods of gender studies, cultural studies and sociology to analyse the way gender and sexuality are produced, including written and visual texts;
  4. identify and understand interdisciplinary approaches to gender, sexuality, culture and society;
  5. understand and communicate complex ideas about gender in spoken and written form;
  6. engage with and communicate an informed critical perspective on contemporary theories of gender and sexuality.

Relevant Degrees

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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 18 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)

SOCY1004 - Analysing the Social World: Work, Care and Identity (6 units)

A minimum of 6 and a maximum of 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)

A minimum of 12 and a maximum of 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)

ENGL2085 - Strange Home: Rethinking Australian Literature (6 units)

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

ENGL2116 - Televisual: Investigating Narrative Television (6 units)

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

GEND2022 - Jane Austen History and Fiction (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)

HIST2315 - Africans and Afro-descendants (6 units)

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

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

POLS2113 - Human Rights (6 units)

POLS2134 - Gender and Politics (6 units)

18 units from the completion of the following:

GEND3001 - Posthuman Bodies (6 units)

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

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

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

SOCY3005 - Quantitative Projects for Inclusion and Diversity (6 units)

SOCY3007 - Understanding Neoliberalism (6 units)

SOCY3167 - Populism: Gender, Race, Class and Backlash (6 units)

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