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Diversity Studies

About the minor

A minor in Diversity Studies provides students with an applied understanding of cultural diversity in its many forms. Those who undertake this standalone minor will learn about the histories and experiences of minority groups, including people of colour, women, LGBTQI+ people and those with disabilities. On the one hand, Diversity Studies critically examines the various kinds of marginalisation caused by racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, ableism, ageism, and other forms of discrimination. On the other, it offers creative ways to conceptualise difference as a cultural asset and use it as a tool for social transformation in an increasingly global world.

This minor will equip you with a wide range of frameworks for social justice and policy work in a number of professions as well as the confidence to work independently and collaboratively on important issues of diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence. You will undertake units of study from a variety of programs, including Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Education and Social Work, Australian Indigenous Studies, Anthropology, and Government and International Relations.

Requirements for completion

The Diversity Studies minor requirements are listed in the Diversity Studies unit of study table.

Learning outcomes

No. Learning outcome
1 Demonstrate expertise in a range of diversity issues and approaches to them.
2 Demonstrate independent and collaborative critical thinking and problem solving skills.
3 Demonstrate a high level of cultural competence in relation to diversity issues.
4 Work effectively in a range of settings to build broader perspectives on social issues.
5 Demonstrate an integrated professional, ethical and personal identity exhibited in the production of responses to social issues that draw on a range of methodologies.
6 Demonstrate understanding of how to effectively exercise professional and social responsibility to minority groups.
7 Demonstrate an innovative vision of social change, and more contextualised and systemic forms of understanding of institutionalised prejudice.

Contacts and further information

More information and current contact details for academic coordinators may be found at:

The Department of Gender and Cultural Studies is administered by the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI).