Women’s and Gender Studies at Waikato offers specialised knowledge of gender relations and social change in relation to the media, health, paid and unpaid work, education, sexuality, social policy and the law.
Adding Women’s and Gender Studies to your degree will enable you to develop critical thinking skills, and prepare you to respond effectively to a wide range of social justice issues. Students who enjoy social sciences and history, and are interested in learning more about women’s and men’s roles in society today and in the past, will find the subject a stimulating addition to their degree, either as a major or supporting subject.
Women’s and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary subject. It goes particularly well with sociology, social policy, anthropology, education studies, geography, history, law and psychology.
There are employment opportunities for Women's and Gender Studies graduates within advocacy groups, government agencies, human rights organisations, non-governmental organisations and social services agencies.
- Equal Employment Opportunity Officer
- Gender Consultant
- Gender Development Project Coordinator
- Human Resource Manager
- Human Rights Advocate
- Policy Analyst
Study Women's and Gender Studies in any of these qualifications
|Introduction to Sociology||SOCY101||15.0 Points|
|Women in Society: Representations and Realities||WGST101||15.0 Points|
|Work Placement||FASS296||20.0 Points|
|Contemporary Cultural Geographies||GEOG209||20.0 Points|
|Education and Sexuality||PCSS206||20.0 Points|
|Topics in Media Representation||SMST209||20.0 Points|
|Social Policy and Social Issues||SOCP206||20.0 Points|
|The Practice of Social Science Research||SSRP202||20.0 Points|
|Rethinking Women, Sex and Gender||WGST209||20.0 Points|
|Gender at Work||WGST211||20.0 Points|
|Digital Storytelling for the Arts and Social Sciences||FASS301||20.0 Points|
|Work Placement||FASS396||20.0 Points|
|Gender, Place and Culture||GEOG309||20.0 Points|
|Women and Management||HRMG374||20.0 Points|
|Education and Sexuality||PCSS307||20.0 Points|
|Women and Educational Leadership||PROF301||20.0 Points|
|Psychology and Gender||PSYC310||10.0 Points|
|Social Policy||SOCP302||20.0 Points|
|Contemporary Themes in Women's and Gender Studies||WGST301||10.0 Points|
|Gender, State and Public Policy||WGST303||20.0 Points|
|Directed Study||WGST390||20.0 Points|
|Women and Management||HRMG474||20.0 Points|
|Family Law||LAWS408||20.0 Points|
|Property Issues in Family Law||LAWS472||10.0 Points|
|Race, Gender, Sexuality and the Law||LAWS479||20.0 Points|
Prescriptions for the GradCert(WomGenSt) and GradDip(WomGenSt)
A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Women's and Gender Studies at an advanced level in their first degree. Each programme of study for the Graduate Diploma must include WGST209, WGST211 and WGST303.
For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.
Prescriptions for the PGCert(WomGenSt), PGDip(WomGenSt), BSocSc(Hons) and MSocSc.
To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in a BSocSc(Hons) in Women's and Gender Studies, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level Women's and Gender Studies papers or all their undergraduate Women's and Gender Studies papers.
To complete a BSocSc(Hons) in Women's and Gender Studies, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally WGST591), WGST506, and a further 30 points selected from GEOG519, WGST505 and WGST507.
To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in a MSocSc in Women's and Gender Studies, a student should have completed either:
a) a BSocSc in Women's and Gender Studies (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ in their 300 level Women's and Gender Studies papers or over all their papers in Women's and Gender Studies, or
b) a BSocSc(Hons) in Women's and Gender Studies (or equivalent) and have gained a B+ average across all 500 level papers.
To complete a MSocSc in Women's and Gender Studies:
Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including SSRP503, SSRP504 and either a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation.
Students admitted under b) above must take a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and 60 points from approved 500 level papers.
Note(s): To be considered for enrolment in a dissertation or thesis, all students must have completed at least 60 points from approved 500 level papers and have gained at least a B+ average to be admitted to WGST592 or WGST593 and at least an A- average to be admitted to WGST594.
|Crossing Boundaries||GEOG519||30.0 Points|
|Women and Organisations||HRMG574||30.0 Points|
|Maori Women and the Law||LAWS508||30.0 Points|
|Gender, Justice and the Environment||POLS504||15.0 Points|
|The Conduct of Social Science Research: Qualitative Research||SSRP503||15.0 Points|
|The Conduct of Social Science Research: Survey Research||SSRP504||15.0 Points|
|New Natures: Gender, Culture and New Technologies||WGST505||15.0 Points|
|Theorising Gender||WGST506||15.0 Points|
|Gender, Policy and Development||WGST507||15.0 Points|
|Special Topic||WGST580||30.0 Points|
|Directed Study||WGST589||15.0 Points|
|Directed Study||WGST590||30.0 Points|
|Women's and Gender Studies Thesis||WGST593||90.0 Points|
|Women's and Gender Studies Thesis||WGST594||120.0 Points|
Prescriptions for the MPhil
The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.
|Women's and Gender Studies MPhil Thesis||WGST800||120.0 Points|
Prescriptions for the PhD
The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.
|Women's and Gender Studies PhD Thesis||WGST900||120.0 Points|
Women’s and Gender Studies is available as a major for the BSocSc. Women’s and Gender Studies may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.
To complete a major in Women’s and Gender Studies, students must gain 120 points above 100 level in Women’s and Gender Studies, including WGST209, WGST211, WGST303, and at least 40 further points above 200 level. It is recommended that students intending to major in Women’s and Gender Studies include SOCY101 and WGST101 in the first year of their programme of study.
It is recommended that students include SSRP202 in their programme of study as part of the methodology requirement for the BSocSc.
To complete a supporting subject in Women’s and Gender Studies, students must include WGST101 and at least 35 points selected from SOCY101, WGST209, WGST211, WGST303, and 20 further points from papers listed for Women’s and Gender Studies.
Please note: For all graduate subject requirements check the information provided in the papers section above.