Gender Studies major

The Gender Studies major traces histories, theories, and experiences of gender and its intersections with race, class and sexuality. It explores the everyday practices, institutions, and cultural texts of students' gendered lives and investigates the social and cultural legacies that inform contemporary lived experience. The major is grounded in interdisciplinary methodologies and equips students with the analytical, communication, and advocacy skills to foster equity, diversity and inclusion in any context. Gender Studies also emphasizes skills in collaboration, teamwork, leadership, group dynamics, and literacy in screen, print and digital cultures.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of feminist thought, its key shifts, major theorists and philosophical movements including queer theory and masculinity studies as emergent branches; (2) articulate the complexities of gender as a socially constructed practice that is situated in time and place, and intersects with other subject positions like race, class, religion, and sexuality; (3) contextualise the history of women's liberation as a social movement, its links to feminist activism and other social justice movements, and the continuing relevance of linking theory to practice; (4) use feminist methods of research, writing, and thinking about gender including reflexively creating, situating, and queering knowledge; (5) communicate effective arguments using concepts such as gender, sexuality, ideology, subjectivity, corporeality, agency, and intersectionality; and (6) deploy communicative strategies that model and facilitate respect for others, social inclusion, and constructive dialogue.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

Prerequisites

Enrolled in another major

Gender Studies can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Gender Studies is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • four Level 2 units
  • three Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2021; NS = non-standard teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2022 or 2023.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 GEND1901 Beyond 'Gender Wars'
Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ENGL1902 Reading Bodies
Incompatibility:
GEND1902 Reading Bodies
S2 HART1003 Ways of Seeing: Themes and Theories in Art
S2 IMED1108 Issues in Women's Health Across the Lifespan
S2 INDG1150 Aboriginal Encounters: Strangers in our Backyard
Incompatibility:
HIST1100 Aboriginal History
S1 INDG1160 Boodjar Moort Katitjin: Introduction to Indigenous Heritage and Knowledge
S2 MUSC1351 Women in Music

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take units to the value of 6 points.
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
N/A GEND2902 Masculinity, Nostalgia and Change
Prerequisites:
Any Level 1 Arts unit.
Incompatibility:
GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History HIST2902 Masculinity, Nostalgia and Change
S1 GEND2903 Sex, Gender, Technology and Science
Prerequisites:
Completion of 48 points of study.
Degree-specific major units
Take units to the value of 12 points from this group. (Note that while you are required to take either GEND2902 or GEND2903 as a core unit, you can also take either as an option unit.):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ANHB2215 Biological Anthropology: Human Adaptation and Variation
S2 ANTH2405 Sex, Gender and Social Life
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 ANTH unit
or
GEND1901 Days of our Lives: Gender in Australia
Incompatibility:
ANTH2217 Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality
S2 ENGL2200 Jane Austen and her Legacy
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 English unit
N/A GEND2902 Masculinity, Nostalgia and Change
Prerequisites:
Any Level 1 Arts unit.
Incompatibility:
GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History HIST2902 Masculinity, Nostalgia and Change
S1 GEND2903 Sex, Gender, Technology and Science
Prerequisites:
Completion of 48 points of study.
S1 HIST2008 White Supremacy
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 History unit
or
EURO1101 Europe Now: Cultures and Identities
or
GEND1901 Gender in Australia
Incompatibility:
HIST2249 White Supremacy; HIST3349 White Supremacy
S1 HIST2013 Medieval and Early Modern Women
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 History unit
or
GEND1902 Reading Bodies
or
ENGL1902 Reading Bodies
or
GEND1901 Gender in Australia
Incompatibility:
HIST2219 Medieval and Early Modern Women
S1 IMED2208 Issues in Women's Reproductive Health

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 GEND3901 Feminist Thought
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 Arts unit
Degree-specific major units
Take units to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 ANHB3315 Human Evolutionary Ecology
Prerequisites:
at least 66 points of credit including ANHB2215 (Biological Anthropology: Human Variation and Adaptation)
or
prior approval of ANHB3315 unit coordinator
N/A ASIA3004 Gender and Power in Asia
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ASIA unit
or
a Level 2 GEND unit
or
a Level 2 ANTH unit
Incompatibility:
ASIA2208 Gender Relations in Asia
S2 CLAN3011 Sex, Gender, and the Body in the Greco-Roman World
Prerequisites:
Any Level 2 CLAN, HIST
or
GEND unit
S2 EMPL3208 Managing Diversity
Prerequisites:
24 points of study at any level, including at least 12 points of Bachelor of Commerce units
Incompatibility:
EMPL2208 Managing Diversity
NS GEND3904 Queer Theory
Prerequisites:
GEND1901 Beyond Gender Wars and (GEND2902 Masculinity, Nostalgia and Change
or
GEND2903 Sex, Gender, Technology and Science)
S2 IMED3301 Issues in Women's Health Research
Prerequisites:
IMED2208 Issues in Women's Reproductive Health
N/A LAWS3330 Gender and the Law
Prerequisites:
For Criminology major students: LAWS1110 Crime and Society, LAWS2223 Criminal Justice System and at least one other Level 2 option unit from any major. For all other students: LAWS2227 Law in Action
or
LAWS2220 Birth, Life, Death and the Law and at least one other Level 2 Law and Society option.
N/A POLS3204 The Politics of Gender
Prerequisites:
12 points of Social Science and/
or
Humanities study at level 2
N/A POLS3335 Social Movements and the Politics of Change
Prerequisites:
12 points of Social Sciences and/
or
Humanities study at level 2

Choosing your degree-specific major

Specialised degrees – Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours), Bachelor of Automation and Robotics, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Music

You must satisfy the requirements of the degree-specific major in your degree before you complete your course.

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This comprehensive degree does not require you to choose a degree-specific major.

General degrees

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. and Bachelor of Science courses, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .