Women and Gender Studies
   
(WGST)

Faculty of Arts and Science

Women and Gender Studies 1000

Introduction to Women and Gender Studies

Credit hours: 3.00

Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

An introduction to the intersectional analysis of women and gender in differing social locations from the historical to the contemporary period using critical feminist perspectives.

Lib Ed Req:Social Science

Women and Gender Studies 2100/Health Sciences 2600

Women and Health

Credit hours: 3.00

Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Concerns of women in health and illness are explored in relation to current formal and informal health care practices.

Prerequisite(s):Second-year standing (a minimum of 30.0 credit hours)

Lib Ed Req:Social Science

Women and Gender Studies 2300

Feminist Theoretical Frameworks

Credit hours: 3.00

Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Exploration of histories and contemporary applications of feminist theories, including the politics of knowledge production and the contributions to social change.

Recommended Background:
Women and Gender Studies 1000

Lib Ed Req:Social Science

Women and Gender Studies 2600

Activism and Advocacy

Credit hours: 3.00

Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Exploration of the link between feminist theoretical perspectives and practice across historical periods and settings. Evaluation of the ways in which feminist consciousness shapes and transforms local, national, and transnational activism. Utilizing experiential learning, students gain first-hand knowledge of viable forms of advocacy for social justice and equity.

Recommended Background:
Women and Gender Studies 1000

Lib Ed Req:Social Science

Women and Gender Studies 2700

Feminist Approaches to Research

Credit hours: 3.00

Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Introduction to feminist epistemologies and approaches to research. Experiential knowledge about key issues in feminist research including methodologies, ethics, and reflexivity.

Recommended Background:
One of Women and Gender Studies 1000 or Second-year standing (a minimum of 30.0 credit hours

Lib Ed Req:Social Science

Women and Gender Studies 2800/History 2800

History of Women

Credit hours: 3.00

Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

The lives and diversity of women across North America or Europe from the 15th Century to contemporary times. Organized around major themes rather than a chronology of events, topics may include the impact of industrialization and urbanization on women and families; women's reproductive behaviour and labour; suffrage, citizenship and the nation; women's access to education; and community and social activism.

Prerequisite(s):One course (3.0 credit hours) in History at the 1000 level or Women and Gender Studies 1000

Recommended Background:
History 2222

Lib Ed Req:Fine Arts and Humanities

Women and Gender Studies 3020

Gender and Globalization (Series)

Credit hours: 3.00

Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Examination of how gender and local communities are impacted by globalization. Individual offerings include transnationalism; feminist political economy; sex trade and tourism; labour and migration.

Recommended Background:
Women and Gender Studies 1000 AND
Second-year standing (a minimum of 30.0 credit hours)

Lib Ed Req:Social Science

Note:Gender-based courses in other disciplines may be appropriate background preparation for this course. Please contact the Department of Women and Gender Studies for more information.

Women and Gender Studies 3040

The Politics of Representation (Series)

Credit hours: 3.00

Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

This series examines myriad ways women have been represented and how they have resisted or challenged those representations in various cultural forms and practices. Individual offerings will focus on or include areas such as popular culture, media, sexualities, literature, visual arts, performing arts, law, internet, fashion, cosmetic industries, and the impact of advertising and marketing on young girls.

Prerequisite(s):Women and Gender Studies 1000 or a previous course in Women and Gender Studies AND
Second-year standing (a minimum of 30.0 credit hours)

Lib Ed Req:Social Science

Note:Gender-based courses in other disciplines may be appropriate background preparation for this course. Please contact the Department of Women and Gender Studies for more information.

Women and Gender Studies 3050

Sex and Spiritualities (Series)

Credit hours: 3.00

Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

This series explores the relationship between faith, spirituality, and sexuality among world and indigenous religious traditions and new religious movements. Individual offerings will focus on or include areas such as religious gender ideologies, rites of passage into adulthood, sexual prohibitions and taboos, mysticism, and images of the divine as feminine and masculine.

Prerequisite(s):Women and Gender Studies 1000 or a previous course in Women and Gender Studies AND
Second-year standing (a minimum of 30.0 credit hours)

Lib Ed Req:Social Science

Note:Gender-based courses in other disciplines may be appropriate background preparation for this course. Please contact the Department of Women and Gender Studies for more information.

Women and Gender Studies 3070

Social Justice and the State (Series)

Credit hours: 3.00

Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Offerings address the role of the state in organizing gender, racial, sexual, and national relations of power. Areas include reproductive justice, labour, sovereignties, sexual rights, marriage, and militarism.

Prerequisite(s):Second-year standing (a minimum of 30.0 credit hours)

Lib Ed Req:Social Science

Note:Gender-based courses in other disciplines may be appropriate background preparation for this course. Please contact the Department of Women and Gender Studies for more information.

Women and Gender Studies 3100

Reproductive Justice, Health, and Histories

Credit hours: 3.00

Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Topical themes around reproductive justice, health, and histories. Evolving global, social, political, and policy context employed to define or control reproductive bodies. Issues addressed include eugenics and racialized bodies, sterilization, surrogacy, adoption, midwifery, reproductive technologies, anti-abortion activism, access and barriers to reproductive health care, and sex education in public school curriculum or in the digital sphere.

Prerequisite(s):Women and Gender Studies 1000 or a previous course in Women and Gender Studies AND
second-year standing (a minimum of 30.0 credit hours)

Equivalent:Women and Gender Studies 3010 (Reproductive Rights, Behaviours and History) (prior to 2021/2022);
Women and Gender Studies 3010 (History of Reproductive Rights and Behaviours) (prior to 2021/2022)

Lib Ed Req:Social Science

Women and Gender Studies 3150/Asian Studies 3150

Gender and Asia (Series)

Credit hours: 3.00

Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

This series examines the complex intersections of gender in the Asian context. Individual course offerings will focus on, but not be limited to, the following: development and economy, cross-border migration, militarization and regional conflicts, impact of globalization, culture and politics, youth and democratization, environment and sustainability, tradition and sexualities, science and modernization, and social justice movements.

Prerequisite(s):One of Women and Gender Studies 1000 or Asian Studies 1000

Lib Ed Req:Social Science

Women and Gender Studies 3245/Political Science 3245

The Charter, Gender, and Social Change

Credit hours: 3.00

Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

An interdisciplinary examination of the relationship between the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, gender, and social change that includes: theories of the legitimacy of judicial review; analyses of selected sections of the Constitution Act through Supreme Court and appellate court decisions; contemporary critical race, postcolonial, gender, sexualities, Indigenous and legal literatures that address intersecting forms of discrimination; current issues that highlight the role of law as a means of social control and political contestation; analyses of selected statutes, regulations and the facta presented to courts.

Prerequisite(s):One of Political Science 1000, Political Science 2210, or Women and Gender Studies 1000

Lib Ed Req:Social Science

Women and Gender Studies 3333/Geography 3333

Geography of Borders and Displacement

Credit hours: 3.00

Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Overview of critical theoretical and methodological approaches to understanding borders, displacements, and nation-states in historical and contemporary contexts. Key concepts from the field of political geography including sovereignty, territoriality, settler colonialism, nationalism, governance, migration, transnationalism, citizenship, and security. While focused on the Canadian context, the course addresses global examples as relevant and brings Indigenous, settler colonial, and migration histories and geographies into conversation.

Prerequisite(s):One of Geography 1200, Women and Gender Studies 1000, Anthropology 1000, Sociology 1000, or Political Science 1000 AND
Second-year standing (a minimum of 30.0 credit hours)

Equivalent:Geography 3850 (Political Geography: Borders and Displacement) (prior to 2021/2022);
Geography 3850 (Geography of Borders) (prior to 2021/2022)

Lib Ed Req:Social Science

Women and Gender Studies 4900

Senior Seminar in Women and Gender Studies (Series)

Credit hours: 3.00

Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Seminar for advanced investigation of specific topics or current issues in Women and Gender Studies.

Prerequisite(s):One of Women and Gender Studies 2300 or Women and Gender Studies 2700 AND
Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)

Lib Ed Req:Social Science

Note:Gender-based courses at the 2000 level or higher in other disciplines may be appropriate background preparation for this course. Please contact the Department of Women and Gender Studies for more information.

Women and Gender Studies 4995

Undergraduate Thesis

Credit hours: 6.00

Contact hours per week: Variable

This is a research-oriented course in which students will conduct empirical research, submit a report in the form of an Undergraduate Thesis which will be made publicly available, and report orally on the work. In consultation with their Thesis Supervisor, students will define a research problem and formulate a research plan.

Prerequisite(s):Fourth-year standing (a minimum of 90.0 credit hours) AND
A cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher AND
A cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher on all Women and Gender Studies courses

Note:Contact hours will vary. Students should be aware that this course involves regular contact with the Thesis Supervisor as well as considerable independent work.