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Monash University

Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies

Course code: 3770 ~ Course abbreviation: GradCertGendStud ~ Total credit points required: 24 ~ 0.5 years full-time, 1 year part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

The course provides students with critical awareness of women's studies, gender issues and the ways in which sex and gender function in contemporary global contexts. It develops research, writing and oral presentation skills in students in the areas of postcolonialism, cross-cultural consumption and mass media constructions of feminine identity.

Course objectives

Students completing this course will have: 1. a familiarity with diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. a familiarity with the world view of the field of study; 3. a familiarity with the secondary literature in the field of study; 4. a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study; 5. advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal; 6. developed sound analytical skills; 7.developed the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.

Course structure

Course requirements

Students complete one of the following core units*:

  • WSM4010 Theorising gender (12 points) (first semester)
  • WSM4020 Feminist research (12 points) (second semester)

plus 12 points chosen from the following:

  • GND3030 Women, media and consumption: Feminist cultural studies (6 points)
  • GND3080 Feminism and popular culture: Love, sex and romance (6 points)
  • GND3240 Contemporary feminist theory (6 points) (cannot be taken in conjunction with WSM4010, as these units cover the same area)
  • GND3250 Sex, science and the body (6 points)
  • WSM4010 Theorising gender (12 points)
  • WSM4020 Feminist research (12 points)

    * Part-time students may select both core units to complete the graduate certificate.


For further study options please contact the School of Political and Social Inquiry or visit

Course coordinator

Dr Maryanne Dever