Graduate Diploma in Arts - Gender Studies

Major/Minor/Specialisation !D22-AA-SPC+1018 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Year and Campus: 2016


Associate Professor Lesley Stirling




Gender Studies considers the significance of gender and sexuality across a broad range of cultural contexts 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 interest 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.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete the Graduate Diploma 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 

Structure & Available Subjects:

Duration: 1 year full-time / 2 years part-time

The Graduate Diploma in Arts in this area of specialisation requires:

  • two compulsory subjects (25 points)
  • one core subject (12.5 points)
  • elective subjects (62.5 points)

Total 100 points

Subject Options:

Compulsory Subjects

2 compulsory subjects (25 points)

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Credit Points:

Core Subjects

1 core subject (12.5 points)

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Elective Subjects

Elective subjects (62.5 points)

Please note:

  • students must consult the program coordinator to have their subject selection approved prior to enrolment - with the approval of the coordinator, students may substitute a different gender-related subject taught in the Arts Faculty not listed below as one of their electives
  • applicants should note that they must satisfy any prerequisite as set, before being allowed to enrol in any subject
  • SPAN30001 Gender in Hispanic Cultures carries a Spanish language prerequisite
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Semester 1, Semester 2
Not offered in 2016
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Arts

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