Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Gender and Cultural Studies

About the Programme

The programme is designed to enable students to understand how gender and culture shape individuals and communities and in turn are shaped by them. Gender and Cultural studies engage students in the study of gender and the intersection of gender with other substantive categories of analysis and identity which include race, sexuality, class, disability, nationality, gender roles across historical periods and in different cultural contexts.

Cultural Studies is a field grounded in critical theory and examines key issues in the cultural debates and explores how the various concepts of culture can be applied to the study of everyday life. Cultural Studies go beyond accounts of gender to examining the complex constructions in various cultural arenas, and varying global processes. The programme creates opportunities for interpretations of the various literary texts of various historical periods, including the present.

Thus, Cultural Studies seeks to understand the ways in which meaning is generated, disseminated, and produced through various practices, beliefs, institutions and political, economic, or social structures within a given culture.

Entry Requirements

To be admitted to the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Gender and Cultural Studies candidates must possess:

  1. Passes with credit in at least five GCE Ordinary Level subjects including English Language
  2. AND

  3. At least two GCE Advanced Level/High School or equivalent passes in English and in any one of the following subjects: History, Law, Sociology, Geography, Environmental Studies, Philosophy and Management of Business.
  4. Applicants from non-English speaking backgrounds will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English Language by eith4er producing acceptable IETS (a pass at band 6 and above) or TOEFL (a score of 600 and above) results.

Mature Entry:

  • Applicants must be at 25 years or above at the time of application
  • Applicants must have obtained 5 ‘O’ Level subjects including English
  • Work/practical experience in a related field will be an added advantage

Year One Semester One

  • HCS101 Communication Skills I
  • HAS100 Introduction to African Studies
  • HPO111 Portuguese for Beginners I (elective)
  • HFR111 French for Beginners I (elective)
  • HSL111 English as Second Language I (elective)
  • HIT100 Introduction to Information Technology
  • HGC111 Introduction to Gender and Cultural Studies (core)
  • HGC116 Theorizing Gender (core)
  • HGC120 Reading gender and culture in everyday life (core)
  • HCG113 Gender and Popular Culture (elective)
  • HGC115 Gender, Race, Class and Ethnicity (elective)

Year One Semester Two

  • HCS102 Communication Skills II
  • HIT100 Introduction to Information Technology
  • HPO112 Portuguese for Beginners II (elective)
  • HFR112 French for Beginners II (elective)
  • HSL112 English as a Second Language II (elective)
  • TEV200 Ethics and Christian Values
  • HGC 112 Pan African Studies in Literature
  • HGC121 Beyond the Gap: Gender, Culture and Masculinity (core)
  • HGC124 Gender, Culture and Religion (core)
  • HGC118 Culture, Identity and Society (elective)
  • HGC123 Gender, Culture and Environmental Justice (elective)

Year Two Semester One

  • HAS100 Introduction to African Studies Leadership Skills
  • HGC213 The Black Diaspora and Trans-nationality (core)
  • HGC214 Gender, Folklore and Cultural Representation (core)
  • HGC215 Gender, Globalization and Resistance (core)
  • HGC220 Contemporary Issues in Gender Studies
  • HGC216 Gender and Human Rights (elective)
  • HGC217 Power and Gender in the Modern World (elective)

Year Two Semester Two

Intellectual Property Entrepreneurship
  • HGC218 Film, Representation and Popular Culture (core)
  • HGC219 Gendered Borders, Nationalism and Transnational Communication (core)
  • HGC212 Language and Gender
  • HGC222 Contemporary issues in cultural studies (core)
  • HGC224 The Cross Cultural and Historical Construction of Gender (elective)

Year Three Semester One

Research Methods
  • HGC303 Women’s Autobiography: Life Writing and Empowerment (core)
  • HGC304 Gender, Violence and Women Experiences (core)
  • HGC401 Research Methods in Gender and Cultural Studies (core)
  • HGC402 Cross Cultural Encounters: Contacts, Connection and Conflict (cored)
  • HGC403 Gender, Sexuality and the Digital Culture (core)

Year Three Semester Two

  • HGC311 Internship

Year Four Semester One

  • HGC311 Internship

Year Four Semester Two

  • HGC405 The Politics of Women’s Health (core)
  • HGC406 Social Movements, Social Media and Social Change (core)
  • HGC407 Gender, Geography of Identities and Power (core)
  • HGC408 Men, Masculinities and Culture (core)
  • HGC409 Gender, Culture and Disaster Management (core)
  • HGC410 Research Project (core)

Career and Job Opportunities

The degree programme prepares students for both academic and non-academic careers, engage in research and critical thinking through for example, film, television, and other storytelling media alongside conventional texts. Students who graduate with a degree in Gender and Cultural Studies can find a career in various cultural, social, artistic, educational and advocacy fields.

  1. Gender and Cultural Studies Researchers and Instructors
  2. Community Outreach Managers
  3. Advocacy Officers
  4. Museum Administrators and Curators
  5. Media Commentators as
    • Program developers;
    • Entertainment & Leisure,
    • Content providers (writers, directors, producers),
    • Documentary filmmakers
    • Cultural Heritage Officers
    • Online research officers (for government, corporate, non-profit),
    • Consultancies, Market research,
  6. Social Work,
  7. Advertising
  8. Public relations,
  9. Museum and Archiving,
  10. Academia,
  11. Programme Reviewers and Entrepreneurs.