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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
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Faculty:

Career opportunities

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

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) with at least a B grade average across the 300 level papers, or for a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, or

b) a BSocSc(Hons) in Women's and Gender Studies (or equivalent) with at least second class honours (second division).

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.

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.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CMYHE202Understanding the Healthy Body: Sociocultural Perspectives19A (Hamilton)
This paper develops students' understanding of health as a social and cultural issue, not just a biological one.
GEOGY209Health, People, Place19B (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.
MEDIA200Acts of Representation19A (Hamilton) & 19B (Hamilton)
This paper establishes a conceptual awareness of acts of representation across visual, audiovisual and musical mediums, and facilitates the development of skills that allow us to analyse and engage with mediatised representational practices in critical and creative ways.
SOCPY201Social Policy, Families and Children19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton) & 19B (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.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
EDSOC303Education and Sexuality19B (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 sexuality through historical and sociological perspectives.
HRMGT300Women and Management19T (Hamilton)
This paper analyses: 1) women's different employment experiences and career outcomes, 2) the implications of gendered employment outcomes, and 3) government and organisation initiatives designed to redress gendered employment outcomes.

400 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
LEGAL408Family Law19A (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 Law19B (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...

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
EDUCA557Research Methods19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Online) & 19S (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.
HRMGT574Women and Organisations19B (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...
MAORI570Te Mahi Rangahau: Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Research Methods and Issues19A (Online)
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.


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Subject links

Societies and Cultures Programme


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.


Documents


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