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Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences jointly launch Gender Studies Concentration

16 Feb 2017

 Officiating guests kick-start the new Gender Studies Concentration
Officiating guests kick-start the new Gender Studies Concentration
Professor John Erni (left) and Professor Clara Ho brief students about the Concentration at an information session after the launching ceremony
Professor John Erni (left) and Professor Clara Ho brief students about the Concentration at an information session after the launching ceremony

The Gender Studies Concentration, the University’s first inter-faculty concentration for undergraduate study, is being jointly offered by the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Social Sciences starting from this semester. A ceremony was held on 13 February to mark the official launch of this innovative inter-disciplinary concentration.

The ceremony was officiated by Professor Ricky Wong, Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Learning), Professor Chen Zhi, Acting Dean of Arts, Professor Adrian Bailey, Dean of Social Sciences, Co-Chairs of the Gender Studies Concentration Management Committee Professor John Erni and Professor Clara Ho, and Mr Paul Lee, Associate Librarian.

The Gender Studies Concentration is open to all undergraduate students at HKBU. It aims at delivering a unique opportunity for students to add breadth to their major studies by exposing them to the way gender intersects with a variety of spheres of knowledge, power relations, and professional settings.

Through the Gender Studies Concentration, students will be able to analyse in a systematic manner the social and cultural construction of gender on their own and other contexts from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. They will also be able to explain gender biases in society, knowledge, media, social justice, and everyday life, as well as research on how gender issues intersect with the hierarchies of class, ethnicity, sexuality, and with national and global formations, and so on.

An exhibition on the Gender Studies Concentration is being held at the University Library until 9 March.