About the programme
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.
The pamphlet of the programme is available here .
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.
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 2019-20 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 should be able to:
- develop knowledge of multidisciplinary theories and methodologies of gender;
- communicate effectively broad-based and in-depth understanding of local and cross-cultural issues related to gender ideology, institutions, and relationships;
- articulate critical understanding of debates and developments related to social justice, equality, and peace at local and global levels.
- apply skills in innovative and critical thinking as a member within a community of scholars, as citizens and in the work place;
- employ skills for social research analysis to a broad range of professional and disciplinary contexts;
- integrate theoretical analysis with empirical observation and lived experience, and to link micro phenomena with macro systems within in complex, changing social and cultural contexts;
- apply problem-solving skills effectively to meet goals and challenges in the workplace and personal life;
- demonstrate skills for effective communication, team work, and successful interpersonal relationships with awareness and sensitivity to the diverse cultural differences and backgrounds in order to address shared goals;
- pursue life-long learning.
Values and Attitudes
- develop an open mind and readiness to embrace diversity;
- committed to applying a sense of justice and fairness to daily life;
- appreciate a broad set of humanist values, with a commitment to social harmony, equality, and peace.an open mind and readiness to embrace diversity;
Career opportunities and further studies
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.
Our first cohort of graduates enters various industries and positions, such as education, NGOs, as well as business sectors, while some further their studies in CUHK.
Period of study
2 Years (for Associate Degree / Higher Diploma Holders)
The University's tutition fee for 2020-21 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 2019-20 is around $12,000, depending upon the type of hostel. The fees for 2020-21 are yet to be confirmed.
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.
Students complete a minimum of 54 units for Major Requirement and 11 to 15 units of other University Requirements.
I. Major Requirements includes 39 units of Required Courses, 15 units of Major Elective Courses.
|Course Code||Course Title||Unit(s)|
|GDRS1001||Thinking Gender: An Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies||39|
|GDRS2010||Quantitative Research Methods in Gender Studies|
|GDRS2011||Qualitative Research Methods in Gender Studies|
|GDRS3004||Love and Intimate Relationship|
|GDRS3005||Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Societies|
|GDRS3007||Understanding Masculinities and Social Change|
|GDRS3008||Public Policy and Social Minorities in Hong Kong|
|GDRS3009||Family and Society|
|GDRS3012||Engendering Chinese Cultures|
|GDRS4006||Gender in China|
|Internship ( please click here for the list of partnering organisations in 2019)
|GDRS3001||Gender Studies: Special Topic I|
|GDRD3002||Gender Studies: Special Topic II|
|GDRS3003||Gender Studies: Field Study|
|GDRS3011||Women's Narrative and HK History||15^|
|GDRS3014||Experiential Guided Research|
|GDRS3021||LGBTQI + Studies Identities and Social Change|
|GDRS3024||Gender in Education/Achievement|
|GDRS4001||Gender Studies: Advanced Seminars|
|GDRS4007||Gender, Sexuality and Race in Political Issues|
|GDRS4008||Gender, Age, Race and Health|
|GDRS4011||Gendered Migration in Transnational Asia and Beyond|
|GDRS4012||Gender Development from a Lifespan Perspective|
|GDRS5085||Gender and Work|
|GDRS5210||Gender and Law|
|ANTH1310||Marriage, Family and Kinship|
|ANTH2310#||Gender and Culture|
|ANTH2330#||Gender in Asia|
|ANTH3360#||The Anthropology of the Body, Love and Emotions|
|ANTH3540#||Anthropology of Gender, Sexuality and the Law|
|COMM2920#||Media, Sex and Violence|
|COMM3193#||Media and Gender|
|CURE2014#||Body Politics and Representations|
|CURE2022#||Feminisms: Thoughts and Movements|
|CURE2036#||Queer Theory and Culture|
|CURE2041#||Gender and Theatre|
|CURE3021#||Modern Girls: Gender and Social Change|
|CURE3131#||Women, Religion and Chinese Literature|
|CURE3374#||Religion and Gender Studies|
|ENGE3230#||Gender and Literature|
|ENGE3690#||Gender and Language|
|GPAD3071#||Public and Politics|
|GPAD4070#||International Human Rights|
|HIST3420#||Gender and History|
|HIST3421#||Women, Family and Community in Western History|
|JASP2520#||Gender and Sexuality in Japan|
|PHIL3373#||Philosophy of Love|
|PSYC3640#||Psychology of Gender|
|SOCI2218#||Marriage and Family|
|SOCI3208#||Gender and Society|
|Total no. of units:||59|
Please click here for course description
^ 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
II. University Core Requirements
|University General Education||6|
|College General Education||2-3|
|Other electives||0 - 4|
|Total no. of Units:||15|
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:
|Chinese Language Test||Minimum Requirement|
|HKCEE||E / Level 2|
|English Language Test||Minimum Requirement|
|HKCEE||E / Level 2|
|SAT Reasoning Test Essay||8|
For further details, please refer to Office of Admission and Financial Aids website .
Please apply online at: ONLINE Application
Advance Offer: 18 November 2019
Regular Deadline: 12 February 2020
|Address:||Room 250, Sino Building, Chung Chi College,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong (map)
|Tel:||(852) 3943 4320|
|Fax:||(852) 2603 7223|