Honours Overview


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.


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:

No study plans found for this course. See study plans for more information.


Key to availability of units:
Semester 1
Semester 2
non-standard teaching period
Take all units (36 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit requirements
NS ANTH4103 Knowing Social Realities: Theoretical Foundations
ANTH7483 Honours Seminar 3 (Anthropology)
S2 GEND4103 Practising Interdisciplinary Scholarship
Successful completion of
or Enrolment in
one level 4 Unit(s)
or one level 5 Unit(s) from any course
S1 GEND4140 Dissertation (Gender Studies) Part 1
Enrolment in
Gender Studies honours program.
S2 GEND4141 Dissertation (Gender Studies) Part 2
Unit(s) GEND4140 Dissertation (Gender Studies) Part 1 (ID 7995)
Take two units to the value of 12 points from this group, or any other alternate honours unit in a related discipline that your dissertation supervisor and honours course coordinators approve as related to the content of your dissertation. Students must also obtain Special Approval from the unit coordinator/s of any alternate units they wish to take.
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit requirements
S1 ENGL4102 Methodologies
Enrolment in HON-EGLST English and Literary Studies
Enrolment in
HON-GNDST Gender Studies
and Successful completion of
any two level 2
or level 3 ENGL units
S1 HIST4101 Historiography
Enrolment in
or HON-GNDST Gender Studies
NS SOCS4100 Social Sciences Research Skills
Enrolment in
any Honours Programme
or a Masters dissertation project.
COMM4101 Concepts in Communication, COMM7481 Honours Seminar 1 (Communication Studies)