Gender Studies considers the significance of gender and sexuality across a broad range of cultural contexts, identities and histories. The program analyses how gender intersects with crucial issues such as ageing, class, disability, ethnicity and globalisation. Subjects consider ideas about femininity, masculinity and sexuality through close engagement with an extensive variety of theorists, case studies and media. Gender Studies is transdisciplinary and draws on the diverse interests of specialists located throughout the Faculty. This enables its students to develop a unique combination of research skills drawn from both the Arts and Social Sciences.
Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Arts in this area of specialisation should:
- develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of how concepts and practices gender and sexuality function in contemporary societies;
- acquire critical and analytical skills and methods to enable the identification and critical analysis of gender- and sexuality-related issues within complex, changing social and cultural contexts;
- articulate the relationship between diverse forms of knowledge on gender and sexuality and the social, historical and cultural contexts that produced them;
- develop an independent approach to understanding the cross-disciplinary field of gender studies that uses rigorous methods of inquiry and appropriate methodologies, that are applied with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values;
- appreciate the value of an international and interdisciplinary approach to the study of gender and sexuality, and the relevance of gender studies skills, practices and understandings to a broad range of professional and disciplinary contexts;
- work with independence, self- reflection and creativity to meet goals and challenges in the workplace and personal life;
- deploy insights generated from their intellectual engagements with gender studies to act as informed and critically discriminating participants within the community of scholars, as citizens and in the work force; and
- communicate their knowledge effectively in a variety of oral and written formats.