To be read in conjunction with the program of study requirements for the degree in which you are enrolled:
A student may complete a major sequence of 36 units in Women's Studies by completing two Year 1 topics (9 units), two Year 2 topics (9 units) and two Year 3 topics (9 units) plus two additional topics (9 units) from the Year 2 or Year 3 topics listed in the program of study below.
A student may complete a minor sequence of 22.5 units in Women's Studies by completing two Year 1 topics (9 units), plus three upper level topics (13.5 units) from the Year 2 or Year 3 topics listed in the program of study below.
A minor in Women's Studies is not available to students who commenced the Bachelor of Education (Primary R-7), Bachelor of Arts from 1 January 2019.
The minor sequence is not available to students who commenced the Bachelor of Arts, Master of Teaching (Primary R-7) from 1 January 2020
A student may complete an extended major sequence in Women's Studies by completing the prescribed major topics (36 units), plus an additional two topics (9 units) from the Year 2 or Year 3 topics listed below.
An extended major in Women's Studies is not available to students enrolled in the double Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Arts.
Women's Studies aims to educate students in the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills required to analyse gender and related categories of difference from a critical feminist perspective. It prepares students to identify and challenge injustice and those social and cultural norms which create exploitative power relations based on gender and/or other differences. It aims to foster self-reflexive and ethical approaches to all areas of life. Students will broaden their knowledge of gender issues in their local and international communities.
Women's Studies educates students in the use of a critical conceptual vocabulary that facilitates creative thinking about gender and encourages students to think about potential solutions to the problems raised by contemporary gender relations. It aims to develop students' capacity for thinking and communicating critically, creatively and autonomously by encouraging open communication and by the use of both independent and collaborative assessment tasks.
At the completion of the major students are expected to be able to:
- Demonstrate a familiarity with the basic concepts and vocabulary of the interdisciplinary area of Women's Studies,
- Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the social, political and cultural workings of gender and its interrelation with other differences
- Apply Women's Studies frameworks and feminist theories to a diverse range of key areas of investigation
- Demonstrate a critical appreciation of their own social and cultural position with respect to gender and related differences
- Act with an enhanced ethical sense in relation to power relations based on gender and other differences
- Demonstrate advanced skills in verbal and written communication.
Program of study
The following is the program of study for a 36 unit major sequence in Women's Studies and should be read in conjunction with the course rule for the degree in which you are enrolled.
Major - Women's Studies
Core - Year 1 topics
WMST1001 Sex, Gender and Identities in Australia* (4.5 units)
WMST1002 Gender, Power and Change: Introducing Feminist Debates# (4.5 units)
or select 4.5 units from the above year 1 topics plus 4.5 units of year 1 topics from any Bachelor of Arts major or minor sequence
Option - Year 2 topics
Select 9 units from the year 2 topics listed below
HIST2022 Memory and the Politics of Difference: Sex, Race and Belonging (4.5 units)
SOCI2004 Sociology of Work and Organisations (4.5 units)
WMST2012 Sex, Gender and Identities in Australia* (4.5 units)
WMST2013 Gender, Power and Change: Introducing Feminist Debates# (4.5 units)
WMST2014 Media and Cultural Identities: Gender, Race and Sexuality (4.5 units)
WMST2015 Sex, Gender and the Law (4.5 units)
WMST2016 Indigenous Women's Voices: Race, Gender and Colonialism (4.5 units)
WMST2017 Gender, Globalisation and International Development (4.5 units)
WMST2018 Researching Women's Life Stories (4.5 units)
WMST2027 Feminist Political Theory (4.5 units)
plus select an additional 4.5 units from the year 2 topics listed above or year 3 topics listed below or Option – Year 2 & 3 topics also listed below.
Core - Year 3 topics
WMST3010 Thinking through the Body (4.5 units)
plus 4.5 units from the year 3 topics listed below
WMST3006 Supervised Study in Women's Studies (4.5 units)
WMST3009 Sexualities: Perspectives, Pleasures, Politics (4.5 units)
WMST3011 The personal is political: Governing marriage and marriage-like relationships (4.5 units)
WMST3012 Performing Masculinities (4.5 units)
WMST3013 Gendering Politics and Policy: Justice, Rights and Representation (4.5 units)
WMST3014 Global Feminist Activism (4.5 units)
plus select an additional 4.5 units from year 2 or 3 topics. These may include 4.5 units from the following:
Option - Year 2 & 3 topics
HIST3007 Body Politics in Australian History (4.5 units)
POLI3067 Access and Equity: Social Issues in Public Policy (4.5 units)
SOCI2022 Sociology of Intimacy (4.5 units)
SOCI3048 Gender and Sexuality (4.5 units)
WORK3200 Social & Policy Studies Workplace Research Project (4.5 units)
*Students may not count both WMST1001 and WMST2012 towards their degree.
#Students may not count both WMST1002 and WMST2013 towards their degree.
Refer to Honours - Women's Studies