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Women's and Gender Studies

Women’s lives, their status in society, the nature of contemporary gender relations, and the social construction of femininities, masculinities and sexualities, are the topics at the heart of Women's and Gender Studies at Waikato. Learn what critical thinkers have to say on these subjects, and bring your own understanding to the mix.

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.

 Career opportunities

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Officer
  • Gender Consultant
  • Gender Development Project Coordinator
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Human Rights Advocate
  • Policy Analyst

100 level

200 level

Work PlacementFASS29620.0 Points
Contemporary Cultural GeographiesGEOG20920.0 Points
Education and SexualityPCSS20620.0 Points
Topics in Media RepresentationSMST20920.0 Points
Social Policy and Social IssuesSOCP20620.0 Points
The Practice of Social Science ResearchSSRP20220.0 Points
Rethinking Women, Sex and GenderWGST20920.0 Points
Gender at WorkWGST21120.0 Points

300 level

Digital Storytelling for the Arts and Social SciencesFASS30120.0 Points
Work PlacementFASS39620.0 Points
Gender, Place and CultureGEOG30920.0 Points
Women and ManagementHRMG37420.0 Points
Education and SexualityPCSS30720.0 Points
Women and Educational LeadershipPROF30120.0 Points
Psychology and GenderPSYC31010.0 Points
Social PolicySOCP30220.0 Points
Contemporary Themes in Women's and Gender StudiesWGST30110.0 Points
Gender, State and Public PolicyWGST30320.0 Points
Directed StudyWGST39020.0 Points

400 level

Women and ManagementHRMG47420.0 Points
Family LawLAWS40820.0 Points
Property Issues in Family LawLAWS47210.0 Points
Race, Gender, Sexuality and the LawLAWS47920.0 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 BoundariesGEOG51930.0 Points
Women and OrganisationsHRMG57430.0 Points
Maori Women and the LawLAWS50830.0 Points
Gender, Justice and the EnvironmentPOLS50415.0 Points
The Conduct of Social Science Research: Qualitative ResearchSSRP50315.0 Points
The Conduct of Social Science Research: Survey ResearchSSRP50415.0 Points
New Natures: Gender, Culture and New TechnologiesWGST50515.0 Points
Theorising GenderWGST50615.0 Points
Gender, Policy and DevelopmentWGST50715.0 Points
Special TopicWGST58030.0 Points
Directed StudyWGST58915.0 Points
Directed StudyWGST59030.0 Points
DissertationWGST59130.0 Points
DissertationWGST59260.0 Points
Women's and Gender Studies ThesisWGST59390.0 Points
Women's and Gender Studies ThesisWGST594120.0 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.

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 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.

Contacts

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4702
General and Undergraduate Email Enquiries: wgst-fass@waikato.ac.nz
Graduate and Postgraduate Email Enquiries: wgst-grad@waikato.ac.nz