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Undergraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Arts component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Arts and Social Sciences


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Available as a minor only.


Gender studies is an exciting interdisciplinary field of inquiry broadly concerned with questions of gender, sexuality and culture. Gender studies is informed by the belief that all social processes are 'gendered' and studies in this area bring innovative theory and research techniques to the study of women's and men's lives, gendered status in society and the dilemmas and contradictions in gender relations and sexualities. Gender studies covers topics such as:

  • how gender issues are represented in film, literature, popular culture, advertising and the media
  • feminist and gender theory
  • the relationship between gender and crime
  • the connections between gender, consumption and marketing
  • feminist research methodology
  • how different cultures shape gender identities and sexualities
  • shifting cultural and historical forms of femininity and masculinity
  • how questions of sex or gender relate to questions of class and race
  • cross-cultural feminism.

The undergraduate program is designed to introduce students to a variety of feminist models of analysis and to assist them in developing a range of methodological skills. Gender studies units also foster the development of transferable professional skills among students.


First-year level

Students studying a first year sequence in gender studies must complete two units (12 points) from the following:

  • ATS1311 Sex, gender and knowledge
  • one further level-one arts unit, or one unit (6 points) from second or third-year gender studies units

Second/Third-year level

Students studying a minorminor ( in gender studies must have completed the first-year sequence. In addition:

Units include:

  • ATS2560/ATS3560 Theorising sexed bodies: Contemporary feminist theory
  • ATS2563/ATS3563 Global consumption, sex and race
  • ATS2906/ATS3906 Gender, sexualities and religions in Southeast Asia

Relevant courses


Single degrees

  • 3920 Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences)
  • 2476 Bachelor of Communication

Double degrees

  • 1941 Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Communication