Gender Studies

Gender Studies is about social and cultural constructions of what it is to be masculine or feminine.

Studying in this area involves learning about historical and contemporary definitions and experiences of masculinity and femininity.

This includes expressions of masculinity and femininity in art, literature, media, politics, culture, etc.

This area is also about a range of theories from sociology, psychoanalysis, post-modernism, and literary theory.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Social worker
  • Social policy analyst
  • Anthropologist
  • Journalist
  • Writer
  • Social justice campaigner
  • Development agency worker
  • Non-governmental organisation (NGO) worker
  • Lobbyist
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


129% of national
median earnings


Further study
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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