Honours in Gender Studies will deepen and broaden interdisciplinary understandings of contemporary theories of gender, sexuality, and feminist thought through independent research combined with an interdisciplinary coursework program spanning the Humanities and Social Sciences. It expands the specialist knowledge gained through the Gender Studies major and develops advanced level skills in research, writing and critical thinking.

The research component comprises 50% of the final grade, in which students write a dissertation of between 12000-15000 words on a topic they develop with guidance provided by an academic supervisor. The 4 seminar units aim to mentor students as active participants in an interdisciplinary research culture.

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding and knowledge of contemporary developments and debates in
the field of Gender Studies; (2) develop and sustain a long-form critical analysis applying feminist and/or queer theories and methodologies; (3) develop high level professional research skills with a gender lens; and (4) apply research skills and knowledge production to actively participate in research culture.

Entry requirements: A weighted average mark of at least 70 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Gender Studies major; or equivalent, as determined by the relevant board.

Intake periods: Beginning of year only

Honours in Gender Studies can be taken as a specialisation in the following degrees:

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2022

Note:Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2023 or 2024.

Take all units (30 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
N/AGEND4103Practising Interdisciplinary Scholarship
Prerequisites:
Nil Nil Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1GEND4140Dissertation (Gender Studies) Part 1
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in Gender Studies honours program.
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2GEND4141Dissertation (Gender Studies) Part 2
Prerequisites:
Unit(s) GEND4140 Dissertation (Gender Studies) Part 1 (ID 7995)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
N/AANTH4101Advanced Qualitative Methods: Interviews and Focus Groups
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
ANTH7481 Honours Seminar 1 (Anthropology)
S1, S2MIXD5005Designing Social Research
Prerequisites:
for the following postgraduate course students (International Relations, Strategic Communications, Asian Studies, International Development, Public Policy): completion of 24 points of their coursework, three core units and one option unit, and have achieved a 70 per cent WAM in those units; for other students: none.
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
SOCS5003 Research Design (ID 5135) BUSN4403 Business Research Methodology (ID 1661) GEOG5550 Research Design (ID 6181) EDUC5631 Approaches to Research (ID 3078)
Take one unit to the value of 6 points from this group, or any other honours unit in a related humanities discipline that your dissertation supervisor and honours course coordinators approve as related to the content of your dissertation.
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1ENGL4102Methodologies
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HON-EGLST English and Literary Studies
or
( Enrolment in HON-GNDST Gender Studies and Successful completion of any two level 2
or
level 3 ENGL units )
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1HIST4101Historiography
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HON-HISTY History
or
HON-GNDST Gender Studies
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Take this unit for 6 points or any other honours seminar unit in a related social science or STEM discipline that your dissertation supervisor and honours course coordinators approve as related to the content of your dissertation.
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1, S2SOCS4101Advanced Theory in Social Sciences
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.