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The Gender Studies Programme began offering Minors in Gender Studies since the 1994/95 academic session within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The programme also offers inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary courses which include theory, research methodology, on family, the economy, law, culture, politics, religion and human rights. Students enrolled in the programme will be engaged in critical thinking, innovation and assess their role in society in accordance with the educational philosophy of the university and country. The Gender Studies Programme aims to produce multi-disciplinary social scientists and graduates who are critical of patriarchy, inequality, injustice, neoliberalism and all forms of oppression and hegemony.

The Gender Studies Programme was established to meet the demands of a nation transitioning towards greater prosperity and progress. It promotes gender awareness and the application of knowledge, skills, and experience in the workplace. Students will benefit from the courses offered by the programme as they are trained to cultivate a perspective that is sensitive towards the role of gender relations in their community, society, and culture. From their gender-sensitive vantage point, the student will become more attuned to inequality and injustice within the spheres of culture, politics, law and the economy. The Gender Studies Programme is a space for intellectual discussion and transformative experiential learning about gender through academic forums, seminars, outbound visits, writing workshops, research workshops, documentary film screenings and student-oriented activities. 

Dr. Rusaslina Binti Idrus
B.A (Cornell University ), M.A (Yale University), 
M.A, PhD (Harvard University)




To develop and disseminate intellectual work in Gender Studies using gender-sensitive perspectives to address local and global challenges through teaching, research, publication and community work

To become a holistic inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary Gender Studies programme, producing students well-equipped with employable skills and ready to participate in national development, and ultimately a university programme that will contribute to gender equality, social and economic justice towards a more just and democratic nation.

The Gender Studies Programme objectives are : 

  • To nurture and promote gender awareness from a feminist theoretical perspective taught in the courses offered in the programme.
  • To engage in inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary research and publication on gender.
  • To contribute to society and national development through the promotion of gender awareness, equality and social justice in every section of society.
  • To train future visionaries, policy makers, civil servants, law practitioners, researchers, media practitioners, social entrepreneurs, activists and individuals committed to the principles of gender equality and social justice.
Uniqueness of The Gender Studies Programme

We are one of the only programmes in Malaysia and Southeast Asia that awards a comprehensive undergraduate degree in Gender Studies since 1994. Courses offered by the Gender Studies Programme at University of Malaya are inter-disciplinary, trans-disciplinary and intersectional across issues related to race/ethnicity, culture, history, religion, sexuality, nationality, citizenship, law, politics, economy, development, globalisation, management, the environment, demographics, media, health, medicine and human rights.

Activities & Networks

The Gender Studies Programme networks with local, regional and international organizations that are tapped regularly for support. The international and regional agencies that have supported Gender Studies Programme are Canadian Cooperative and Support Office (CIDA), Gender and Development Centre (APDC) and the Committee for International Co-operation in Higher Education (CICHE) under the British Council. The Gender Studies Programme networks with the ;  

• NAM Institute for the empowerment of Women (NIEW) 
• Asia-Pacific Resources and Research Centre for Women (Arrow)  
• International Women's Rights Action Watch – Asia Pacific (Iwraw Asia-Pacific)  
• Women Living under Muslim Laws (WLUML) 
• ASEAN Gender Studies Network, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)  
• Friedrich Ebert Stiftung-Indonesia (FES)  
• International Development Research Centre (IDRC)  

The local networks are :  

• The Joint-Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG),  
• Bar Council  
• Centre for Poverty and Development Studies (CPDS)  
• Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya  
• Helath Research Unit (HERDU)  
• Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya  
• National Network for Gender/Women's Studies (SAMA)  
• All Women's Action Society (AWAM)  
• Women's Aid Organisation (WAO)  
• Sister In Islam (SIS)  
• Kementerian Pembangunan Wanita 

Department Chart
Elective Courses Offered by The Gender Studies Programme (EP2)







 AIO 2002 : Gender and Environment (3)

AIO 2003 : Gender and Politics (3)

AIO 2005 : Gender Issues in Non-Governmental Organization (3)

AIO 2007 : Understanding Childhood and Research with Children (3)**

 AIO 2004 : Gender and Family (3)

AIO 2006 : Gender, Science and Technology (3)

AIO 2008 : Gender and Interfaith Dialogue (3)**

AIO 2009 : Indigenous Knowledge & Gender (4)**


 AIO 3002 : Gender and Work (3)

AIO 3003 : Gender, Religion, Culture, and Social Change (3)

AIO 3008 : Gender, Memory and History (4)**

 AIO 3004 : Gender, Peace and Conflict (3)

AIO 3006 : Gender and Social Justice (3)

AIO 3007 : Gender and Masculinity (3)**

AIO 3009 : Gender in Muslim Communities (4)**

** Courses taught in English

Undergraduate Programmes of Study



Gender Studies Programme encourages students to take a minor in gender studies. Courses are also affered as electives for students from within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and students from other faculties


  • At the end of the programme, students will be able to:
  • Explain conceptual and theoretical knowledge in gender studies.
  • Identify gender issues and its main problems by means of using practical skills in order to address these issues.
  • To put into practice values, social and personal responsibilities to help in solving problems faced by women specifically and by society generally.
  • Acquire cognitive autonomy to make informed evaluation in a professional manner based on the ethics and professionalism in gender studies.
  • To communicate effectively by possessing communicative, writing and team work skills.
  • To evaluate information from diverse sources for the purpose of problem solving and possessing basic knowledge to conduct research, to evaluate evidence, arguments and assumptions in solving problems from a gender perspective.
  • To search, manage and use information as a basis for self learning and life long learning in discussing social and gender issues besides demonstrating the use of ICT skills.
  • To apply knowledge in management and entrepreneurial skills for the purpose of helping one self and society achieve social and economic needs.



                    First Year
AZEA 1101 - Introduction to Gender Studies
AZEA 1102 - Gender, Culture and Society
AZEA 1103 - Theories in Gender Studies
AZEA 1104 - Gender and Development

                    Second Year
AZEA 2182 - Gender Research Methodology
AZEA 2302 - Gender and Environment
AZEA 2303 - Gender and Politics in Malaysia
AZEA 2304 - Gender and The Family
AZEA 2305 - Gender Issues in Non-Governmental Organizations
AZEA 2306 - Gender, Sciene and Technology
AZEA 2307 - Gender and Citizenship
AZEA 2308 - Understanding Childhood and Research With Children

                    Third Year
AZEA 3301 - Gender and Law
AZEA 3302 - Gender and Work
AZEA 3303 - Gender, Religion, Culture, and Social Change
AZEA 3304 - Gender Issues in Media
AZEA 3305 - Gender, Conflict and Peace
AZEA 3306 - Gender and Sexuality
AZEA 3307 - Gender and Social work for Social Justice
AZEA 3308 - Gender and Masculinity
Postgraduate Programmes of Study



Gender Studies Programme will be able to supervise postgraduate students at Masters and Ph.D levels in the fields of :

  • Gender and Work
  • Gender and Politics
  • Gender and Religion
  • Gender and Law
  • Gender, Peace and Conflict
  • Gendered Violence
  • Gender and Media
  • Gender and Citizenship
  • Gender and Migration
  • Gender and Social Policy
  • Gender and Governance
  • Gender and Political History
  • Gender and Development


1. Choose a programme from the Prospective Graduate Information
2. Create a portal account at Online Application
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4. Please verify the link sent through your e-mail.
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  2. Thambiah, Shanthi. “The Emergence of the Ethnic Category Bhuket: Diversity and the Collective Hunter-Gatherer Identity in Borneo” in Sercombe, Peter & Sellato, Bernard (eds), Beyond the Green Myth: Borneo's Hunter-Gatherers in the 21st Century. Nordic Institute of Asian Studies Press, Denmark, 2007, pg 91-109

  3. Thambiah, Shanthi. Gender Mainstreaming in Development Planning: Concepts, Approaches and Tools. NAM Institute for the Empowerment of Women, Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development Malaysia. June 2007. pg 1-162

  4. SARJANA, Volume 25 (Special Issue)

Programme Coordinator (Gender Studies)
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
University of Malaya 
50603 Kuala Lumpur 

T: (603)-7967 5485
F: (603)-7967 7369
Last Update: March 18, 2016