Gender and sexuality studies (Bachelor of Health Sciences/Bachelor of Arts)



Through an integrated study of local experiences and transnational flows of knowledge and influences, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Deakin provides students with an understanding of key forces which shape our understandings and lived experiences of gender and sexuality, both as cultural phenomena and as embodied practices. In particular, the programme emphasizes the intersectional dimensions of gender and sexuality, addressing questions of class, citizenship, ethnicity, race, religion, ability, and geographical location. Throughout their studies, units in this Major help students to develop skills to analytically reflect on, and contribute to, a range of important debates. These include discussions about how sex, gender and sexuality inform understandings of the self, and how we recognize and respond to difference.

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Key information

Unit set code

MJ-A310012 (major)

MN-A310012 (minor)


Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online

Career outcomes

Studying Gender and Sexuality Studies at Deakin is a pathway for a range of career opportunities related to culture and society. Graduates will develop research and writing skills suited to employment in areas such as education, policy advice, human rights advocacy, work in archives and museums, and for community-based projects around diversity, inclusion and equity.

  • Research
  • Policy Advice/Development
  • Community Development
  • Human Rights
  • Social Services and Support
  • Archives and Museums

Explore units


  • To complete a Major sequence in Gender and Sexuality Studies select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in Gender and Sexuality Studies students must complete 4 credit points including AGS101 or AGS102 plus AGS200, ALL256, AGS300.

Complete 4 units from;

  • Sex and Gender: Ideas That Changed the World
  • Histories of Sex and Gender
  • Gender, Sexuality and Culture
  • Beyond Identity: Diversity in Action
  • Plus 3 units selected from:

  • Gender, Sex and Literature
  • Creative Nonfiction: Inquiry, Integrity, Vulnerability
  • Sociology of Health
  • Love, Sex and Relationships
  • Plus 1 unit selected from:

  • Gender, Sexuality and Texts for Young People
  • Shakespeare Today: Sex, Race and Politics