Women's Studies

Women''s Studies Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary programme that analyses the ways gender affects society and the daily lives of women and men. Topics covered include feminism and its development, gender and violence, and activism.

Women’s Studies at Massey has a strong focus on the place of women in New Zealand society as well as local feminist debates.

Our courses complement subjects such as communication, journalism, education, English, history, Māori studies, psychology, and sociology.


Women’s Studies is a minor subject in the Bachelor of Arts and can also be taken in a certificate or diploma programme. At postgraduate level, Masters by thesis and Doctorate qualifications are available. 


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170.101 Introduction to Women's Studies*
170.102 Women of Ideas and Action


170.201 What is Feminism?
170.202 New Zealand Feminism


170.301 Contested Feminisms*
170.302 Research for Social Change*
170.303 Gender and Violence

800 and 900-level

170.800 MPhil in Women's Studies
170.801 MPhil Thesis (Part I)
170.802 MPhil Thesis (Part II)
170.816 MA Thesis (Part I)
170.817 MA Thesis (Part II)
170.899 MA Thesis Women's Studies
170.900 PhD Womens Studies

*Not offered in 2013

More information

For more information, please contact the programme coordinator.

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