Exploring gender, identity and power.
How do sex and gender influence the way we experience the world? How has this changed and what can we expect from the future? With a major in Women’s Studies, you’ll explore how gender shapes our cultural and social institutions, personal identity, and relationships using interdisciplinary knowledge. You don’t need to identify as a feminist or be a woman, but you do need to be interested in the female experience and what it means to be a woman—or a man, or any other gender. Women’s Studies explores new and challenging ideas. It tackles contemporary issues, including domestic violence, rape culture, pay gaps, harassment, racism, homophobia and transphobia, body image, memory and national identity. You’ll explore gender in different contexts (e.g. locally and internationally, and across cultures) and as it intersects with other social differences (e.g. race, class and sexuality).
A major in Women’s and Gender Studies is made up of 36 units, including:
Women’s Studies can also be taken as a minor. Your 22.5 units will include:
You may undertake an extended major sequence in Women’s Studies by completing the 36 units of a major, plus two topics from the Year 2 or 3 topics. An extended major is not available to students enrolled in the double Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Arts.
Kickstart your career or future in research with one extra year.
By adding just one year full-time to your undergraduate degree, you can graduate with Honours. Enhance your career prospects, delve deeper into knowledge or launch yourself into the world of research.
You’ll be ready to work in environments that specialise in gender or women’s issues, or social justice more generally. You could find yourself in international development programs, non-government organisations, the public service, foreign affairs, journalism and teaching.
Potential occupations include:
Potential employers include:
Bachelor of Arts (Women's and Gender Studies / History)
“This major provides a more analytical approach to politics and the history of gender studies. It provides a critique of the systems and institutions in society, helping to give a voice to the most marginalised people.
Flinders helped me to do a double degree; the different minors and majors are unlike anything I thought I could do. The location is ideal too as I don’t live near the city."
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