Gender Studies Programme - Master of Arts (M.A.) in Gender Studies

The M.A. Programme in Gender Studies is designed to provide a broad base of understanding on gender studies, to introduce basic theoretical and methodological tools in gender studies, and to analyze cutting-edge issues related to gender issues in the contemporary world. 

Programme Objectives

The M.A. Programme in Gender Studies is designed to provide a broad base of understanding on gender studies, to introduce basic theoretical and methodological tools in gender studies, and to analyze cutting-edge issues related to gender issues in the contemporary world.


Programme Description

  • Through rigorous training in related theories and methodology, students are led to see how a seemingly private and intimate dimension of human existence, namely, sex and gender, actually impacts on and, at the same time, is being constructed by wider social, cultural, economic and political forces in various spheres and levels of a person's life. Critical reviews of the perpetuation of gender inequality in public policies, propped up by existing values and perceptions in society are also encouraged.
  • The Programme equips interested people with essential analytical tools for understanding sex, gender, gender issues and their impacts on human behaviour, social development and public policy.
  • Students are able to make use of analytical tools and multiple perspectives to understand gender issues and to become aware of gender inequality around them. The rigorous training in critical thinking is helpful, not only in raising students' gender awareness, but also in understanding the myriad complexities of social life.

Programme Features

  • The Programme is the only one programme available in Hong Kong focusing on gender;
  • The Programme is distinguished from other humanities and social science programmes by its interdisciplinary nature of course offering. The programme draws on the theories and methodologies of diverse disciplines, including psychology, sociology, cultural studies, anthropology, history, philosophy, linguistics, media studies and education;
  • The Programme focuses on the gender dimension in the social, cultural and political arenas;
  • Incorporating theories developed in other countries into localized contexts has also added to the uniqueness of the Programme. The Programme roots in contemporary Hong Kong and Chinese societies while conversant with theoretical advances worldwide; attitudes, and which foster their critical thinking and ability to examine issues from multiple perspectives.
  • The small class size and interactive, rigorous and nurturing classroom environment provide students with adequate and inspiring discussions which stimulate their interest and mould their attitudes, and which foster their critical thinking and ability to examine issues from multiple perspectives;
  • Diversified learning activities like field trips to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and organic farms, invitation of guest speakers from frontline NGOs, social activist or minority groups (e.g. lesbian and sex workers' groups) to share with students, and usage of multi-media materials are arranged to enrich students' exposure, enlighten them on a variety of perspectives and enhance their awareness of the unique experience and background of different individuals.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students' horizons are broadened considerably and their gender awareness are deepened;
  • Students are inspired and encouraged to develop useful skills in learning and thinking as well as critical perspectives, while seeking the betterment of the society as they became concerned with injustice and discrimination in the world;
  • Students are led to reach beyond personal concerns to analyze the world passionately but objectively.

Who should apply?

It is beneficial to professionals whose work requires knowledge in gender studies, especially persons who in their occupational capacity design, make decisions on, and evaluate policies, projects that have a gender dimension. It is also suitable for individuals who are simply interested in gender studies as an intellectual and academic endeavour.


Period of study

Full-time: normative period: 1 year; Maximum period: 3 years;

Part-time: normative period: 2 years; Maximum period: 4 years.


Tuition Fee

Full-time: For 2018-19 HK$125,000 per annum (tentative)(1-year programme)

Part-time: For 2018-19 HK$62,500 per annum (tentative)(2-year programme)


Language

Medium of Instruction: Mainly in English, with selected courses in Chinese

(There will be sufficient number of courses taught in English for students to fulfill their graduation requirements)


Class Schedule

Most classes are arranged at weekday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and on Saturday afternoons from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Coursework Requirements

*Course description

I. REQUIRED COURSE (3 CREDIT UNITS)

GDRS5011 Introduction to Gender Studies

II. ELECTIVE COURSES (21 CREDIT UNITS)

* The offering of elective courses is subjected to the decision of the programme. Not all courses are offered in every year.

  1. Course CodeCourse TitleUnits
    GDRS5050 Contemporary Women's Issues 3
    GDRS5083 Feminism and Civil Society 3
    GDRS5084 Genders and Sexualities in Asia 3
    GDRS5131 Women and Literature 3
    GDRS5210 Gender and Law 3
    GDRS5640 Psychology and Gender 3
    GDRS5920 Media and Gender Representations 3
    GDRS5086 Gender and Family 3
    GDRS5085 Gender and Work 3
    GDRS5403 Gender and History 3
    GDRS5090 Special Topics in Gender Studies 3
    ANTH5670 Gender and Culture 3
    CULS5206 Gender, Love and Sexuality in Intercultural Studies  3

For the Study Scheme of MA in Gender Studies of 2017-18, Please refer to here.


Admission Requirements

All students should fulfil the requirements prescribed below before they are admitted:

I. ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION

  • Graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor's degree, normally with honours not lower than Second Class; or
  • Graduated from an honours programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor's degree, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than "B" in undergraduate courses; or
  • Completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honours degree.

II. ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENT

  1. possess a pass grade in English in one of the following examinations:
    • Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination. (AS Level);
    • Hong Kong Higher Level Examination;
    • CUHK Matriculation Examination;
    • General Certificate of Education A-Level / AS-Level; or
  2. have a degree from a university in Hong Kong or an English speaking country; or
  3. achieve the specified scores in the following tests:
    • TOEFL* (550 Paper-based; 213 computer-based; and 79 internet-based);
    • IELTS* (Academic) (Band 6.5);
    • GMAT (Verbal) (Band 21); or
      (*TOEFL and IELTS are considered valid for two years from the test date; GMAT is considered valid for five years from the test date)
  4. have obtained a recognized professional qualification awarded in Hong Kong or an English speaking country; or
  5. may be exceptionally admitted upon full justification.


Application Method

I. PROCEDURES

For MA in Gender Studies

The online application for MA in Gender Studies starts in September 2017.

Please apply online by following the instructions of application at the following link:

http://www.gs.cuhk.edu.hk/download/notes_for_applicant_online.pdf

***IMPORTANT for applicants of MA in Gender Studies***

After completing your online application, please remember to send the following materials to the Gender Studies Programme:

a. Your supporting documents (for details please refer to this guide of application procedures)

b. A 500-word statement of purpose

   i. Applicants should state why they would like to pursue a postgraduate degree in gender studies;

  ii. It can be written in English or Chinese.

c. Your CV (optional)

Address of Gender Studies Programme:  
Room 250, Sino Building, Chung Chi College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong.

II. DEADLINE

First round: 31 Dec 2017

Second round: 31 Jan 2018

Third round: 15 Mar 2018


Enquiry

Address:  Room 250, Sino Building, Chung Chi College,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong (map)
Tel:  (852) 3943 1026
Fax:  (852) 2603 7223
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Website:  http://www.gender.cuhk.edu.hkttp://www.gender.cuhk.edu.hk