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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.

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Key information

Study Locations: Hamilton; Tauranga; Online
Faculty:

Career opportunities

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

100 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
SOCIO101Introduction to Sociology18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
This paper prepares students for further study in a range of social science subjects. It introduces the main sociological theories, concepts and practices that enable an understanding of contemporary societies.
WGSTS101Women in Society: Representations and Realities18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
This paper considers such issues as media representations, beauty ideals, medicalisation of women's bodies, eating disorders, violence against women, difference, and forms of women's resistance.

200 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CMYHE202Understanding the Healthy Body: Sociocultural Perspectives18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
This paper develops students' understanding of health as a social and cultural issue, not just a biological one.
GEOGY209Health, People, Place18B (Hamilton)
This paper draws on critical analysis of health, people and place to introduce contemporary developments in socio-cultural geography. Attention is paid to spatial well-being at a range of scales.
MEDIA200Topics in Media Representation18B (Hamilton)
This paper establishes a conceptual awareness of the act of representation as well as facilitates the development of skills that allow us to analyse and engage with mediatised representational practices.
SOCIO202Class, Race, Gender18A (Hamilton)
This paper presents sociological theories which examine gender, class, and race and how power is distributed within and across these categories. It uses class theory and intersectionality to explore and explain the complex interconnections between them.
SOCPY201Social Policy, Families and Children18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
This paper further develops students' theoretical understanding of social policy, while focusing specifically on policy related to families and children, providing insight into the relationships between policy and lived experience.
WGSTS201Re-thinking Women, Sex and Gender18B (Hamilton)
This paper examines ‘the woman question’ in relation to education, work, love and marriage, the social construction of gender and sexuality, and the intersections of gender, race, and class.

300 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
FASS396Work Placement18C (Block) & 18D (Block)
This paper enables students to undertake work placement in an area related to their major as part of their degree. Students work in a chosen field for a period of time in order to gain valuable work experience and learn from experts in their chosen field.
GEOG309Gender, Place and Culture18A (Hamilton)
This paper is a forum for debate in human geography on 'difference'. Key concerns are the intersections between gender, ethnicity, sexuality, nationality, class, age and other social divisions in relation to space, place and environment.
HRMG374Women and Management18T (Hamilton)
A study of issues relating to women and management: language, the law, work, equal employment opportunity, women as managers, and career development.
PCSS307Education and Sexuality18B (Hamilton)
A study of the ways childhood and adult sexuality is constructed, monitored and regulated in society and in educational settings. The major emphasis is on exploring the links between education and sexuality through historical and sociological perspectives.
PSYC310Psychology and Gender18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper examines the contribution of psychological research and theory to understanding issues of gender, sexual orientation, gender roles and gender relationships.
WGST301Contemporary Themes in Women's and Gender StudiesThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
WGST303Gender, State and Public Policy18B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to feminist political theory concerned with issues of state, policy, equality/equity, social justice, rights and representation.
WGST390Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18S (Hamilton), 18T (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
Students with a B+ average may, with the approval of the programme convenor and the proposed supervisor, undertake an individual programme of study within the field of Women's and Gender Studies.

400 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HRMG474Women and Management18T (Hamilton)
A study of issues relating to women and management: language, the law, work, equal employment opportunity, women as managers, and career development.
LEGAL408Family Law18A (Hamilton)
A focus on the law and social policies involved in the formation and breakdown of family relationships. The paper specifically examines the matrix of legislation and case law that underpin common family law disputes and legal proceedings in the Family Court.
LEGAL472Issues in Family Law18B (Hamilton)
A focus on Family Court procedure, processes and common family law issues stemming from the formation and breakdown of family relationships and the matrix of family law legislation. Includes an examination of the dispute resolution process, legislation and case law, filing of legal documents, options available for settlement, resul...

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.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ANTH515Ethnographic Research18A (Hamilton)
This paper concentrates on ethnographic approaches to research, with a particular focus on 'participant observation'.
DSOE557Research Methods18A (Hamilton), 18A (Tauranga), 18B (Online) & 18S (Block)
This paper introduces students to the major educational research paradigms, methodologies appropriate to collecting data in schools (including interviews, observations, surveys, case studies), action research, literature reviews, critiquing research, and report writing. It includes consideration of ethical issues in research.
MAOR570Te Mahi Rangahau: Maori and Pacific Research Methods and Issues18A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to a range of research issues, helps students identify and apply the most effective methodology, understand, review and apply various research methods including kaupapa Maori and indigenous epistemologies.

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.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
GEOG519Crossing Boundaries18A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to the study of embodiment within geography. Students are encouraged to think 'critically' and to 'cross boundaries' in order to reconceptualise the discipline of geography in ways that address unequal power relations.
HRMG574Women and Organisations18B (Hamilton)
In this paper we examine the contribution of feminist research to our understanding of women and management. Two themes pervade the paper. We examine the management of women (by women or men). This entails a critical analysis of the experiences of women both in and out of employment. We also examine the experiences of women who asp...
POLS504Gender, Justice and the EnvironmentThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
SSRP503The Conduct of Social Science Research: Qualitative Research18B (Hamilton)
This paper provides an advanced investigation of the conduct of qualitative interviewing culminating in students undertaking their own tape-recorded in-depth interviews.
SSRP504The Conduct of Social Science Research: Survey Research18A (Hamilton)
This paper has been designed to explore quantitative approaches to research with a particular focus on structured and semi-structured data collection techniques. It is intended that students gain a first hand appreciation of the practical aspects of the survey approach as well as a critical view of its appropriateness, strengths an...
WGST506Theorising Gender18A (Hamilton)
The purpose of this paper is to extend and enhance students' engagement with current theoretical debates in contemporary feminist and gender theory, with a focus on the linguistic, social, cultural and political construction of gendered subjectivities.
WGST507Gender, Policy and Development18B (Hamilton)
The purpose of this paper is to facilitate students' understandings of, and critical reflections on, policy and practice relevant to gender and development, and to simultaneously enhance their skills in research and gender analysis.
WGST580Special TopicThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
WGST589Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18S (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff. Open to selected students who meet the criteria set out in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Handbook.
WGST590Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff. Open to selected students who meet the criteria set out in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Handbook.
WGST591Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
WGST592Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
WGST593Women's and Gender Studies Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
WGST594Women's and Gender Studies Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

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.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
WGST800Women's and Gender Studies MPhil Thesis18C (Hamilton)
No description available.

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.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
WGST900Women's and Gender Studies PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton)
No description available.

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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.


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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