Women's and Gender Studies at UNSW


Women's and Gender Studies' 2013 Flyer

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"The Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) program provides you with the opportunity to achieve a gender balance in your university studies by exploring the cross-disciplinary academic study of women, gender and sexualities. WGS illustrates how gender has intersected with racism, heteronormativity and other discriminatory categories.. "

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The Women's and Gender Studies program gives students the opportunity to explore the cross-disciplinary academic study of women, feminism, gender and sexualities.

The undergraduate program is coordinated through the School of Humanities (formerly School of History and Philosophy) by:

Dr Hélène Bowen Raddeker
Coordinator, Women’s and Gender Studies
Senior Lecturer, History
School of Humanities
Morven Brown Room 361
University of New South Wales
Sydney, NSW 2052
Tel: 02 9385 2335
Email: hbowenr@unsw.edu.au OR womenstudies@unsw.edu.au

Women’s and Gender Studies is one of a number of faculty-wide interdisciplinary programs in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.  It is currently administered from the School of Humanities, but undergraduate courses are offered toward a Women’s and Gender Studies major by a number of different Schools and Disciplines, including History, Philosophy, English, Political Science, Sociology, Languages and Linguistics.

Women's and Gender Studies offers a range of courses focusing on feminist scholarship, debates and issues, both in the past and present, in Australia and globally.  Some courses focus specifically upon women (women’s changing social situation, women’s roles, women’s issues etc), while others study gender and sexualities.  In feminist scholarship ‘gender’ generally refers to social constructions of femininity and masculinity;  of women’s and men’s ‘proper’ social roles;  and of purportedy ‘natural’  womanly and manly identities.  Studying gender illustrates how hierarchies of power are implicated in conventional constructs of gender difference;  how these constructs vary with time and cultural context;  and how they intersect with racism even in common representations of the ‘East’ and ‘West’ and ‘Other’ nations, cultures and peoples.

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