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Course Offerings for 2022/23

  • WS100: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
  • WS203: Girls, Women and Popular Culture
  • WS204: Women, Gender and Work
  • WS208: Violence Against Women
  • WS209: Women and Leadership
  • WS211: Diverse Masculinities
  • WS213: Feminism and Reproductive Justice
  • WS290F: Intro. to Sexuality Studies
  • WS303: Feminist Theory
  • WS304: Gender and Colonial Legacies
  • WS305: Gender, Culture and Technology
  • WS306: Women and Social Justice
  • WS311: Women and Enviro (In)Justice
  • WS490I: Advanced Topics: Decolonizing Feminisms

Descriptions for Special Topics Courses

WS290F: Intro. to Sexuality Studies

This course provides a basic introduction to the field of sexuality studies. We will examine the field through several different approaches: theoretical, visual and literary, cultural and historical. The aim is to explore questions of identity and representation as they relate to sexuality: How are sexual identities formed? Are they essential or constructed? Who controls representations of sexuality? Why do we think of certain sexualities as normal and others as deviant? How can we resist damaging views of sexuality to embrace sexual pleasure?

WS490I: Decolonization Feminisms

This course considers the past and present of settler colonialism in Canada and the ways feminist movements have challenged and/or reinforced these relations in theory and practice. It also considers how Indigenous scholars, activists and allied feminists have engaged with each other, and explores the tensions and possibilities of alliance that exist between movements struggling against capitalist, heteropatriarchal, colonial and white supremacist relations. What are Indigenous critiques of feminism? How might feminism become a tool of decolonization? Students will learn of key terms, theories and politics, and will apply this knowledge through the study of both historical and current issues facing Indigenous peoples in Canada.  

Online Courses (Available Every Term)

  • WS100: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
  • WS203: Girls, Women and Popular Culture
  • WS204: Women, Gender and Work
  • WS211: Diverse Masculinities