Honours in Women’s Studies is for you if:
- you like to think and talk about ideas, especially about the complexity of gender relations, with other motivated people
- you like reading and writing
- you are prepared for a challenging but rewarding experience. You have a major in Women’s Studies with a GPA of at least 5.25 in 27 units of upper level topics in a major sequence (a Credit/Distinction average). (If you do not have a Women’s Studies major but have a minor or equivalent study background your application can also be considered)
- you would like to go to the next level in your investigation of issues and ideas already explored in Women’s Studies.
Why would I do honours in Women’s Studies?
- it‘adds value’ to your first degree (BA or BBehav (Psych))
- it demonstrates to employers a high level of skill in critical thinking, research, and writing and the capacity to work independently
- it opens pathways to research higher degree study (eg PhD)
- it is a great learning experience
- it is a great personal challenge
What does it involve?
An honours year in Women’s Studies is comprised of 4 coursework topics, including the core topic, and a 15-18,000 word thesis. It can be done fulltime over one year or part-time over three or four semesters.
Joint Honours Programs in Women’s Studies and another discipline are welcomed. In the past this has been negotiated with, for example, Legal Studies & Drama.
The honours year is a qualitatively different experience from undergraduate study. Students need to be self-motivated and self-disciplined. You will get the most reward if you commit to doing your best.
Study will include participating in small and large classes and independent work with a supervisor chosen from the Women’s Studies staff on a thesis topic of your choice. It is advisable, but not required, to write on subject matter that is already familiar and which you have already studied.
The Women’s Studies honours program of study
Students construct their honours program and choose a supervisor for their honours thesis in consultation with the Women’s Studies Honours Coordinator. It is best to make contact with the Honours Coordinator in the semester before you plan to commence study.
Select 18 units from the topics listed below:
WMST7030 Women's Studies Honours Thesis (18 units) OR
WMST7030A Women's Studies Honours Thesis (4.5/18 units) AND
WMST7030B Women's Studies Honours Thesis (4.5/18 units) AND
WMST7030C Women's Studies Honours Thesis (4.5/18 units) AND
WMST7030D Women's Studies Honours Thesis (4.5/18 units)
WMST7026 Critique and Construct in Women's Studies (4.5 units) (core topic)
plus 13.5 units from the topics listed below:
WMST7031 Research Practices and Principles (4.5 units)
WMST7017 Women's Studies Reading Topic (4.5 units)
WMST7018 Dances with Wolves: Women and International Politics (4.5 units)
WMST7019 Sexualities: Politics and Theories (4.5 units)
WMST7021 Feminist Political Perspectives: the Challenge to Political Theory (4.5 units)
WMST7022 Media and Cultural Identities: Representing Relations of Power (4.5 units)
WMST7023 Memory and the Politics of Difference: Gender, Race and Nations (4.5 units)
WMST7024 Women's Studies Honours Reading Course (4.5 units)
WMST7025 Thinking through the body: contemporary feminist theory (4.5 units)
WMST7027 Indigenous Women's Voices on Gender and Race (4.5 units)
WMST7028 Sex, Gender & the Law: Gender Rules (4.5 units)
WMST7029 The Personal is political: exploring the government of conjugality (4.5 units)
By special arrangement an honours topic from another discipline may be included instead of one of the optional Women's Studies topics.