Course Descriptions

Gender and Women's Studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

GWST: Gender and Women's Studies

GWST 100 (3) Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Power I: An Introduction
Cross-cultural and historical antecedents to women's studies, the women's movement, and its philosophies. The social construction of knowledge, gender, and inequality; the cultural and structural forces that create the dynamic for change and resistance in the personal and political realms of women's and men's lives. [3-0-0]
GWST 110 (3) Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Power II: Everyday Life
Interdisciplinary overview of feminist theory and methods, and analysis of subjective and objective experiences of sexuality, violence, family life, work, law, and social policy issues. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: GWST 100.
GWST 215 (3) Women and Popular Culture
Examines how women are represented in a variety of genres in popular culture that are influenced by historical, social, and cultural contexts. Ideological, institutional, social, and personal implications of these representations, and use of media to provoke social and personal change. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: GWST 110.
GWST 216 (3) Critical Foundations: Feminism and Difference
History of feminist engagements with race, class, nation, and sexuality within an intersectional framework and in the wake of critiques of feminism's exclusivity. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: GWST 100 and GWST 110.
GWST 223 (3) Critical Sexuality Studies
Overview of the historical emergence of critical sexuality studies. Sexological, psychoanalytic, Foucauldian, feminist, and queer theories of sexuality and gender will be examined. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: GWST 110 and second-year standing.
GWST 235 (3) Laughing Feminisms: Gender and Humour
A survey of theory and humour from second-wave feminism to the contemporary moment, with special attention to women s comedy in literature, performance, and film. [3-0-0]
GWST 323 (3) Feminist Epistemologies: Gender, Science, and Knowledge
Introduces feminist critiques of science and knowledge. Includes the study of feminist influence on methodological techniques and debates of importance to feminist research and to social and political action. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: GWST 110 and third-year standing.
GWST 333 (3) Perspectives on Gendered Bodies
Interdisciplinary overview of approaches to gendered embodiment at the level of lived experience and of representation. Focus on the relationship of embodiment to social identity. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: GWST 100 and GWST 110. Third-year standing.
GWST 334 (3) Feminist Research Methodologies
Involves the study of the literature of feminist scholarship from a variety of disciplines illustrating the plurality and complementarity of feminist methods. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: One of GWST 323, GWST 335, and third-year standing.
GWST 335 (3) Feminist Theory in the Humanities
Reviews the gendered character of the liberal humanist tradition and examines the contribution of feminist analysis to the humanities. Texts will be drawn from a number of different disciplines within the humanities (e.g., history, literature, cultural studies, and philosophy). [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: GWST 110. Third-year standing.
GWST 336 (3) Feminist Cultural Studies
Theories of the representation of gender in contemporary culture in the context of contemporary feminist thought and current theoretical methodologies in cultural studies. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: GWST 110. Third-year standing.
GWST 419 (3) Gender, Dress, and Fashion: Histories and Theories
Overview of historical and theoretical perspectives on the gendered development of dress and the modern fashion system. Consideration of the relationship of identity and adornment. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: GWST 110 and third-year standing.
GWST 423 (3) Trans-(Gender) Feminisms
Overview of the historical emergence of trans-(gender) feminisms. Focus on debates across trans, queer, and feminist scholarship, methodology, and activism. Consideration of the politics of sex/gender transformation vis-?-vis 'race', 'culture', sexuality, class, and social justice. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: One of GWST 216, GWST 223, and third-year standing.
GWST 425 (3) Feminist Geographies of (Un)Belonging
Transnational and decolonizing feminist approaches to the geography of power as manifested through contemporary political identities. Focus on relationships between state-mediated categories of (un)belonging such as 'citizen', 'migrant', 'refugee', 'aboriginal', and 'illegal'. Emphasis on borders, border-identities, and multicultural/settler societies such as Australia, Israel, Canada and the United States. Credit will be granted for only one of GWST 425 or GEOG 425. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: One of GEOG 358, GWST 110, and third-year standing.
Equivalency: GEOG 425.
GWST 429 (3) Sexuality and Space
Interdisciplinary examination of the relationships between gender, sexuality, space, and place. Focus on social investments in race, sexuality, gender, (dis)ability, and citizenship as spatial technologies of belonging and power. Emphasis on queer and critical gender studies approaches to the subfield of cultural geography. Credit will be granted for only one of GWST 429 or GEOG 429. [0-0-3]
Prerequisite: One of GWST 223, GWST 216, GEOG 358 and third-year standing.
Equivalency: GEOG 429.
GWST 430 (3) Femininities
Overview of theoretical and historical constructs of femininity in industrial and post-industrial society. Emphasis on multiple femininities and negotiations of feminine identity. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: GWST 110 and third-year standing.
GWST 435 (3) Women and Religion
Overview of women s literary history and religion since the Middle Ages. Contemporary feminist theoretical engagements with religion and secularism, with an emphasis on race, ethnicity, and sexuality. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Third-year standing.
GWST 491 (3/6) d Directed Studies
Individualized reading or research project on an assigned topic in Gender and Women's Studies, under the direction of a faculty member. Independent reading and analysis, and a major term paper.
Prerequisite: Third-year standing; 6 credits of Gender and Women's Studies; permission of the department.
GWST 495 (3/6) d Topics in Women's Studies
This course focuses on a selected topic in women's studies. Content will vary from year to year. Consult course listings for current year's offering. With permission of the Gender and Women's Studies program advisor, students may receive credit for this course more than once.
Prerequisite: Third-year standing and 6 credits of GWST.

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