Gender studies

About gender studies

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.

Why choose gender studies?

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.

What will you study?

Gender studies covers a broad field of global topics, including:

  • Gender theory
  • Contemporary feminism
  • Sexuality and society
  • Criminal justice responses to gender violence
  • Men and masculinity.

Examples of elective units:

(subject to availability)

  • Stardom: Celebrity, society and power
  • Sex and the media
  • Families, relationships and society
  • Gender, violence and society: Understanding social patterns

What careers will you be ready for?

Gender studies will open doors to career opportunities in:

  • Social welfare organisations
  • Community sector organisations
  • International development
  • Media communications and advertising
  • Public service
  • Research organisations and much more.

Who will be teaching you?

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.

Global study

With Monash’s impressive international links, you’ll get the opportunity to venture into contexts where you can apply your expertise.

Exchange programs include:

  • Monash Malaysia
  • University of Warwick – England
  • Queen Mary University of London – England.
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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.