Issues of gender and sexuality remain highly topical in society today. Studying Gender, Sexuality, and Culture teaches you the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills required to analyse gender, sexuality and other categories of difference from a critical perspective.
The major aims to develop your capacity for thinking and communicating creatively and independently about society, identity and culture.
You are trained in the use of a conceptual vocabulary that facilitates critical thinking about gender relations and the role of culture in maintaining social norms.
You will be challenged to move beyond common sense understandings of gender and sexuality by examining the way they are constructed in different historical periods, cultural arenas and global processes.
You will examine how gender and sexuality are constructed in a range of discourses and institutions (political, legal, historical, literary, media and popular culture), and how social identities and power relations are produced and maintained. You may also explore the role of gender and sexuality in citizenship, politics, development, war, and international relations.
The cultural studies component examines questions of meaning, identity, production, consumption, and cultural politics at the local and global levels.
The major brings together concepts and frameworks from the interdisciplinary fields of gender studies, queer theory and cultural studies, and introduces methodologies grounded in feminist, queer, post-colonial, and post-structuralist theories.