Gender, Sexuality and Diversity Studies

What makes us who we are?

Explore how identity shapes and is shaped by politics, society, culture, knowledge and power.

Why study Gender, Sexuality and Diversity?

Gender, Sexuality and Diversity Studies (GSDS) explores identity and its relationship to gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, class, disability and age. It looks at difference and diversity and how the mainstream maintains power over the marginal.

A GSDS major interrogates how our rights, responsibilities and roles in society are gendered and sexualised, and how they influence our relationships and our quality of work, life and play.

You'll be exposed to a rich history and counter narrative of difference and diversity.

Choose from specialisations including feminist history, gender and work, sexuality and queer theory, women's writing and feminist literary criticism, women and popular culture, gender and education, feminist socio-legal history, women and religion, queer culture in Chinese society, women's health, transgender writing, identity politics, gender and media, and feminist criminology.

To view the variety of subjects available in this discipline see the 2017 Handbook.

Where can Gender, Sexuality and Diversity take me?

GSDS prepares you for a career in a range of fields including human rights, equal opportunity, social and policy planning, human resource management, teaching and education, media and communications, public relations, journalism, politics, community service and community development.

Why La Trobe?

  • La Trobe is the only university in Australia to offer Gender, Sexuality and Diversity Studies as a major within the Bachelor of Arts.
  • We have a strong LGBTI ally network made up of staff and students who have undertaken training to provide support and raise awareness on LGBTIQ issues and experiences on campus.
  • GSDS boasts an active student body including the Queer Collective, which hosts regular events throughout the year.
  • GSDS can be studied alongside any of the 20+ study areas within the Bachelor of Arts and can also be studied in other courses at La Trobe (where subject space permits).

Further study options

If you're an undergraduate with a strong academic record, your Honours year awaits. Combine coursework and research in a specialised area of study.

Complete the Honours program with high grades to qualify for entry into the Masters by Research program or direct entry into the PhD program.

Get to know our staff

View all the staff in the School of Humanities and Social Science or focus on Gender, Sexuality and Diversity Studies.

How to apply

Apply through VTAC or UAC if you're a current Year 12 student or if you're applying to more than one institution. If you're not in Year 12 and applying only to La Trobe, you can apply direct.

Key dates

Direct applications normally close in February for entry in semester 1, and July for entry in semester 2. For more details visit our apply direct page.

Apply through VTAC or UAC if you're currently in Year 12 or you're applying for more than one course  or institution. If you're only applying for one La Trobe course and not considering study at  another institution, you can apply  direct until applications close in December.

Prerequisites

VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

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