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Monash University

Diploma in Arts (Gender Studies)

Course code: 2459 ~ Course abbreviation: DipArts(GenderSt) ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 3-4 years part-time concurrent with a bachelors degree ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton - P/T only)

Course description

This course provides students with the opportunity to pursue in-depth study in the area of women's studies while completing a bachelors degree or double degree in other fields. Students acquire knowledge of issues relating to the history and representation of women and sexual difference, and the complex nature of gender relations. Areas of study include gender and sexuality, cultural and historical modes of femininity, queer theory, representations of women and gender in film, literature, advertising and the media, feminist research methodology, cross-cultural feminisms and post-colonialism, and the role of women and gender in important political, economic, sociological and philosophical debates.

Course Objectives

Graduates are expected to: 1. develop the intellectual capabilities inherent in the interpretation of sources of knowledge pertaining to the academic discipline; 2. develop an understanding of the world view of the field of study; 3. develop the capacity for quantitative and qualitative analysis, critique and creative thinking in the discipline; 4. develop an understanding of the present interpretations and potential future developments in the issues underlying the content of and approaches to the field of study; 5. develop the skills of written and oral presentation, argument and analysis, including other practical skills such as computer skills, appropriate to the academic discipline.

Course structure

Course requirements

Students are required to complete a three-year major sequence (48 points) in women's studies. For full information on the units required, refer to the `Areas of study' section on the Arts faculty website at

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