The Gender Studies Concentration aims at delivering a unique opportunity for students to add breadth to their major studies, through being exposed to the way gender intersects with a variety of spheres of knowledge, power relations, and professional settings.


One of the natural outgrowths of HKBU's heritage is our mission to produce academic and policy research that can develop and direct social conscience in the context of creating social transformation through robust interdisciplinary research.


As a result of the interconnectedness of the globalized world, and the resulting pressures that are constantly being brought to bear on societies, there has long been recognition in the Hong Kong community, especially among educators, policymakers, economists, and those in legal circles, that the historical problem of social inequality continues to impede the progressive development of Hong Kong into a truly cosmopolitan city, and thus to tarnish our international reputation. Falling birth rates and the dearth of women on the boards of Hong Kong companies (40% of Hong Kong companies have no women on their boards, and 37% only have one woman on their boards) are only two of many gender-related issues facing Hong Kong. In fact, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange has realized the need for regulatory intervention and now requires companies to report on their diversity policies since 1 September, 2013. With this in mind, Gender Studies as an academic and policy research domain taps into a timely need for higher education to address these and related issues.


After completing the Gender Studies Concentration, you will be able to:

  • Analyze in a systematic manner the social and cultural construction of gender in our own and other contexts from a variety of disciplinary perspectives;
  • Explain gender biases in society, knowledge, media, social justice, and everyday life;
  • Research on gender issues as they intersect with the hierarchies of class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and with national and global formations, and so on.

Structure of the Concentration


Concentration   Units

One Required Course:

GEND 3005 Gender, Society, Culture (Offered once every year)


6 Elective Courses   

(A list of currently offered electives will be released at the beginning of each semester. More relevant courses will be added in the future.)

Total Units  21


Special Notes:

  • Students who have successfully accumulated 21 units required by the concentration programme may apply for graduation with concentration in March of the final year.
  • To ensure interdisciplinary diversity, students should choose the six elective courses by observing the following requirements
    1.  At least four of the courses should be at 3000-level or above;
    2. Choose courses from two or more Offering Departments.



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