Gender studies Society, history and languages

Gender studies Society, history and languages

With an increasing number of female leaders reshaping the global business and political landscape, and growing attention in society to gender-related issues including body image, same sex marriage, domestic violence and the rise of female breadwinners, gender studies offer insight into a range of important social issues.

Gender studies seeks to understand and explain patterned gender differences in social life, and how they shape human relationships and human experience at the individual level. Who are we? Why are we the ways we are? What directions is society taking and how can it be transformed? Gender studies offer new approaches to untangling these questions.

At Macquarie, we offer dedicated gender studies units, as well as bringing together units in sociology, anthropology, English, cultural studies, history, law, media and communications, human geography, philosophy and others.


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Gender Studies brings together units in anthropology, english, critical and cultural studies, history, law, media and communications, human geography, philosophy, sociology and many others. We also offer units focused solely on gender.

Gender Studies fosters the development of critical thinking, writing and communication skills, all of which are highly sought-after by employers. In addition, gender studies offers expertise on a specific range of questions to do with gender (its intersections with class and race; how identity and body image are formed, how to deal with discrimination and the possibility of social change, etc.), which concern many fields of employment. These include education (classroom teaching and curriculum development on a primary, secondary and tertiary level, policy and management issues); health and welfare; political or public policy-making; media writing and advertising; management of private and public enterprises (sexual harassment and equal opportunity policy, issues of power, personnel management and office culture), and more. From our experience, a gender studies major has proved useful to students in a range of employment opportunities.


You can specialise by taking a major in gender studies, or you can take some gender studies units as electives. Alternatively, you can take a major or minor in gender studies alongside a major or minor in another discipline, such as sociology or English.

This approach (a double major, or a combination of majors and minors) can create a program of study that is both broad and engaging, because gender studies makes an excellent complement to study in other disciplines, in addition to the discoveries to be made through interdisciplinary study within gender studies itself.


As a postgraduate research student, you have several options to furthering your knowledge of gender studies. We offer three postgraduate research degree programs: the Master of Research (MRes), the Master of Philosophy (MPhil), and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). These programs focusing on gender studies are run by the Department of Sociology.

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