Gender studies is an exciting interdisciplinary field of inquiry that’s informed by the belief that all social processes and institutions are ‘gendered’. Studies in this area bring innovative theory and research techniques to understanding the ways in which our bodies are sexed, gendered and sexually oriented, how these relate to contemporary and global debates on gender inequality, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and the plurality of sexualities.
You’ll be introduced to a variety of critical models of analysis – feminist and queer – that’ll assist you in developing a range of problem-solving skills. Your transferable professional skills in gender analysis and ethos of gender equality and social justice will be relevant to professional contexts such as non-governmental organisations, industry and community-based organisations, or civil society movements.
Gender studies covers a broad field of global topics, including:
Examples of elective units:
(subject to availability)
Gender studies will open doors to career opportunities in:
You will learn from extraordinary gender teachers and researchers, all informed by the belief that social processes are ‘gendered’, and that feminist analysis and knowledge is vital in understanding social processes, in order to empower and encourage participation.
Our commitment to creating real change led to the establishment of the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre, where we work to have a positive impact in the field.
You will also be taught by academics from the Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre. These experts inform scholarly debate, policy development and implementation, and public awareness of the gendered politics of armed conflict and the search for peace.
With Monash’s impressive international links, you’ll get the opportunity to venture into contexts where you can apply your expertise.
Exchange programs include:
This area of study is offered in the following courses or can be taken where you have 8 free electives. To see if you can take this area of study within a double degree select from the course offering below.
We encourage you to expand your horizons during your time at Monash by studying at one of our partner universities overseas. An exchange is an ideal way to advance yor skills and immerse yourself in the culture of the country where you are studying.