Shorter Thesis - Gender Studies

Subject GEND90005 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points:
Level: Research Higher Degree
Dates & Locations: This is a time-based subject, taught on campus at Parkville.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Regular meetings with thesis supervisor throughout candidature.
Total Time Commitment: An average of 30 hours per week.
Prerequisites: A four year BA (Honours) degree with a research component or equivalent in the appropriate area of study or closely related area. The grade for the honours thesis component must be at least equivalent to an H2A (75%) at The University of Melbourne and the overall honours result must be at least equivalent to an H2B (70%). Applicants must include a thesis proposal of 600 words with their application. The primary basis for selection is academic merit, however, consideration will also be given to the quality of the thesis proposal, research potential, and the availability of an appropriate supervisor. Academic references may be required to assess the applicant's eligibility.
Corequisites: Students will enrol in at least one of the following 3 core subjects and an elective subject whilst enrolled in the Shorter Thesis subject. The Core subjects are as follows.
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Recommended Background Knowledge: Knowledge gained in a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Gender Studies or a related area.
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Maree Pardy


Dr Maree Pardy

Subject Overview:

The masters program allows students to combine coursework with extensive independent research in gender studies. The thesis should demonstrate a critical application of specialist knowledge and make an independent contribution to existing scholarship in the area of research. Candidates may advance to the Doctor of Philosophy degree after successful completion of the masters or may apply to convert to the PhD at an earlier stage. An honours grade of at least H2B (70%) average must be attained in the respective thesis and advanced seminar components of the course to qualify for the award of the masters degree.


Students who successfully complete this project will

  • demonstrate a capacity for articulating research questions relating to gender relations and the appropriate methodologies for investigating them.
  • exhibit a familiarity with relevant literature and an ability to locate one"s research within that literature.
  • express research findings in lucid effective prose that uses appropriate conventions of documentation.
Assessment: Thesis of 20,000-22,000 words - graded by two external markers (100%)
Prescribed Texts: Appropriate texts will be determined in consultation with Thesis supervisor.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • demonstrate a sound understanding of the main developments in past and contemporary theorising about gender relations.
  • understand the issues involved in debates about feminist knowledge.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Arts in Gender Studies (Advanced Seminars and Shorter Thesis)

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