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. 

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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.

Career Opportunities and Further Study

MA in Gender Studies is beneficial to those 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. With the increasing emphasis on gender issues in the society, the graduates of Gender Studies are working in many different industries, especially social and medical welfare, media and creative art industries.

 

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 2020-21 HK$138,600 per annum (1-year programme) (tentative)

Part-time: For 2020-21 HK$69,300 per annum (2-year programme) (tentative)

Language

Medium of Instruction: English

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

I. REQUIRED COURSE (6 CREDIT UNITS)

GDRS5011 Introduction to Gender Studies

GDRS5087 Feminist Methodology

II. ELECTIVE COURSES (18 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
    GDRS4007 Gender, Sexuality and Race in Political Issues  3
    GDRS5030 Advanced Topics in Gender Studies I  1.5
    GDRS5040 Advanced Topics in Gender Studies II 1.5
    GDRS5050 Contemporary Women's Issues 3
    GDRS5083 Making Change: Feminism, Civil Society and Social Transformation 3
    GDRS5084 Genders and Sexualities in a Globalizing World 3
    GDRS5085 Gender and Work  3
    GDRS5086 Gender and Family  3
    GDRS5088 Chinese Women and Development 3
    GDRS5090 Special Topics in Gender Studies 
    3
    GDRS5131 Women and Literature 3
    GDRS5210 Gender and Law 3
    GDRS5403 Gender and History  3
    GDRS5640 Psychology and Gender  3
    GDRS5920 Media and Gender Representations
    3
    ANTH5540 Anthropology of Gender, Sexuality, and The Law 3
    ANTH5670 Gender and Culture 3
    CULS5203 The Body in Culture and Art 3
    CULS5206 Gender, Love and Sexuality in Intercultural Studies  3
    CULS5216 Queer Movements and Sexual Politics 3

For the Study Scheme of MA in Gender Studies of 2020-21, please refer to here.

For a brief description of the courses, please refer to here.

Admission Requirements

Please refer to the admission requirements to master programme in the Graduate School's website.

Application Method

Step 1

Explore study/research options for MA in Gender Studies

Learn about the admission requirements, application methods, required supporting documents and deadlines.

Step 2

Preparation for your application

Prepare the documents/additional information required for application.

Step 3

Create an account to Submit Online Application

Application for admission may be submitted from 1 September 2020.

Step 4

Ensure the required Supporting Documents are received by Gender Studies Programme by the application deadline

A soft copy of all your supporting documents should be uploaded to the online application system.

The original copy of your official transcript (unless it is a transcript issued by CUHK) and the document proving your English language proficiency should be sent to the Gender Studies Programme by postal mail.

Step 5

Check your Application Status

Check your email for correspondence from Gender Studies Programme and log in to the Online Application System to check your application status.

Supporting Documents for Application

 Required supporting documents for application of MA in Gender Studies:  

1. All the documents listed in the Graduate School’s website

2. A CV (optional)

3. A  statement of purpose (in word or pdf format)

  • It can be written in English (500-words) or Chinese (1000 words)
  • It should state why you would like to pursue a postgraduate degree in Gender Studies.

*Please upload an electronic copy of all your supporting documents to the online application system. For a CV or statement of purpose which do not have their own category in the upload system, please upload them under the "certificates" category.

*Please send by postal mail the original copy of  your  (1)official transcript (unless it is a transcript issued by CUHK) and (2) supporting documents for your English proficiency requirement to the Gender Studies Programme by the application deadline.

Postal Address of Gender Studies Programme:

Room 250, Sino Building, Chung Chi College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong

 

Application Deadline

1st round: 31 Dec 2020
2nd round: 01 Feb 2021
3rd round: 15 Mar 2021

Admission Talks

Dates of admission talk will be announced soon.

 

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.hk