This programme focuses on the gender topics related to diversity and social policy. It affords a broad, critical view of gender issues that are related to contemporary social life, with a focus on the diverse perspectives of stakeholders, developments of debates and discourses in the larger society, and how gender interfaces with factors related to the relationship between the social minority and majority, and among different belief systems and ethnic groups. Students will develop capabilities in gender mainstreaming, social commentary, as well as policy design, implementation, and evaluation.
Uniqueness in Hong Kong This is the first undergraduate major programme in gender studies in Hong Kong. Working on our strength as the first and only integrated Gender Studies Programme locally, which offers a range of research and taught programmes (including an undergraduate minor programme, MA, Mphil, and PhD programmes), this proposed programme is grounded in the local social and cultural context. Meanwhile, our experience of having worked with cutting-edge scholars in gender studies and women studies worldwide, via individual research links as well as our successful Visiting Scholar Programme and Public Lecture Series, will provide valuable intellectual basis for undergraduate teaching.
Interdisciplinary Education Apart from core courses in theories and methodologies in gender studies, students will benefit from elective classes with orientations from the fields of sociology, psychology, history, English and Chinese literatures, education, law, and health. This will enable them to acquire broad-based knowledge, multidisciplinary perspectives and skills in understanding and handling gender-related issues.
Student Initiative and Identity Student interest and demand for courses in gender-related subjects have grown tremendously. From only a couple of courses offered in the early 1990s, gender-related courses on campus now number over 30, which are offered by various disciplines and teaching units on campus. Many other courses include gender topics in their syllabi. With a new consolidated Gender Studies Major Programme, the intellectual and social development of undergraduate students will be enhanced. Gender Studies majors will be part of a vibrant academic community with a unique identity due to the distinctive gender perspective that underlies their multidisciplinary studies, and to their ability to take part in ongoing social debates in gender and sexuality. GRS postgraduate students have consistently contributed to organizing GRS public lectures, workshops, and exhibitions, initiated film shows and academic festivals on campus, and taken part in collaborative advocacy projects. They will act as mentors to undergraduate students who will be engaged in these co-curricular activities which not only augment their classroom knowledge, but also provide them with career opportunities.
Capstone Experience: Internship or Graduate Thesis Students will have the choice of participating in an internship or taking a graduate thesis course as the capstone experience of their study. The choice will allow students to prepare and equip themselves with experience that will benefit their preferred career paths.
For students choosing internship, in the summer of the first year of their study programme, they will complete a supervised internship with a local or overseas organization (a university-affiliated unit or an NGO) in selected spheres of social research and/or intervention. This forms a capstone experience for the student. Apart from learning to observe and appreciate social practices through the lens of gender theory, student interns have to demonstrate in a final report and presentation how they integrate what they have learned in the classroom with the actual work and decision-makingon internship. The partnering organizations of internship in 2016-17 are listed here. For students choosing graduate thesis, they will complete their graduate thesis under the supervision of a faculty staff, providing them with valuable research experience for further study.
On completion of the Programme, graduates will have acquired knowledge of theories and methodologies related to gender studies, as well as a broad and well-integrated set of learning outcomes and generic capabilities, as stated below:
knowledge of multidisciplinary theories and methodologies of gender;
broad-based and in-depth understanding of local and cross-cultural issues related to gender ideology, institutions, and relationships;
critical understanding of debates and developments related to social justice, equality, and peace at local and global levels.
skills in innovative and critical thinking;
skills for social research and analysis;
ability to integrate theoretical analysis with empirical observation and lived experience, and ability to link micro phenomena with macro systems;
skills for effective communication, team work, and successful interpersonal relationships;
capabilities to pursue life-long learning.
Values and Attitudes
an open mind and readiness to embrace diversity;
a sense of justice and fairness, and a commitment to apply these to daily life;
a broad set of humanist values, with a commitment to social harmony, equality, and peace.
Graduates will fill the increasing demand for gender-aware personnel in the civil service, in statutory bodies such as the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Women's Commission, in human resources departments in business corporations, in education professions especially in liberal studies in the new secondary school curriculum, as well as in social services. Graduates are well-prepared to pursue further studies in higher degree programmes in gender and related studies both locally and globally.
The University's tutition fee for 2018-19 is HK$42,100. A caution fee of $450 must be paid upon enrolment. This is refundable on withdrawal from the University, but is usually used as graduation fee. The hostel fee for 2017-18 is around $10,000, depending upon the type of hostel.
For Gender Studies's courses, lectures are usually in English. While for discussion and students' presentation, students can use the language they feel most comfortable with, as long as the lecturers concerned understand that language. Meanwhile, most courses use English reading materials.
Writing from the Margins: Women's Narrative and HK History
Gender, Sexuality and Race in Political Issues
Gender, Age, Race and Health
Gendered Migration in Asia and Beyond
Gender and Work
Gender and Law
Marriage, Family and Kinship
Gender and Culture
Gender in Asia
Media, Sex and Violence
Media and Gender
Body Politics and Representations
Feminisms: Thoughts and Movements
Queer Theory and Culture
Gender and Theatre
Modern Girls: Gender and Social Change
Women, Religion and Chinese Literature
Religion and Gender Studies
Gender and Literature
Gender and Language
Public and Politics
International Human Rights
Women, Family and Community in Western History
Gender and History
Gender and Sexuality in Japan
Psychology of Gender
Gender and Society
Marriage and Family
Total no. of units:
Explanatory Note: ^ At least 15 units from the list above, with a maximum of 6 units of non-GDRS courses GDRS courses at 2000 and above level as well as those labeled as # will be included in the calculation of Major GPA for honours classification. The courses listed are subject to course offering of each academic year
Applicants shall be eligible to apply for admission if they
1. have successfully completed a local course of study leading to the qualification of associate degree / higher diploma, and 2. have attained an acceptable level of proficiency in the English and Chinese languages.# (Applicants with overseas associate degree/ higher diploma qualifications should apply for admission via the Non-JUPAS (Local) Admissions Scheme)
# Below are minimum required scores or grades for some of the more common acceptable examinations: