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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (2016/2017)
12.11 Gender Studies

Gender Studies courses are designated by GNDR.


Introduction to Gender Studies

(same as the former WSTD 1000) considers gender, gender studies and feminisms as areas of exploration from historical, contemporary, transnational and interdisciplinary perspectives. The aim of this course is to provide a critical framework for thinking about questions relating to gender and other forms of social difference.

CR: the former Women’s Studies 1000, the former Women’s Studies 2000


Critical Reading and Writing: Identities and Difference

builds foundational critical reading and writing abilities through an exploration of feminist scholarship about the construction of identities and difference in cultural discourse, representation, and institutions. Students learn the principles of scholarly analysis and the mechanics of academic writing. Coursework focuses on critically analyzing texts, evaluating sources, framing questions, developing an argument, and refining written work for Gender Studies and related fields. All sections of this course follow Critical Reading and Writing Course Guidelines available at

CR: the former WSTD 2005


Genders and Sexualities

introduces genders and sexualities from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students will explore the continuum of sex/gender and sexual identities, and examine how these identities intersect with other aspects of identity, including (but not limited to) race, class, and (dis)ability


Research Methods in Gender Studies

(same as the former WSTD 3000) familiarizes students with basic tools and research skills for feminist enquiry in Gender Studies research. As a requirement of this course, students may be asked to design and carry out a research project.

CR: the former WSTD 3000


Women Writers in the Middle Ages

(same as English 3006, Medieval Studies 3006 and the former WSTD 3001) will study selections from the considerable corpus of women’s writing in the Medieval period, as well as issues which affected women’s writing. All selections will be read in English translation.

CR: English 3006, Medieval Studies 3006, the former Medieval Studies 3351, the former WSTD 3001

3002-3020 (Excluding 3004, 3005 and 3009)

Special Topics in Gender Studies

(same as the former WSTD 3002-3020 excluding 3004, 3005 and 3009) will have topics announced by the Department.

CR: the former WSTD 3002-3020 excluding 3004, 3005 and 3009

PR: 3 credit hours in Gender Studies at any level


Feminist Texts, Theories and Histories

(same as the former WSTD 3005) examines the development and dissemination of feminist thought through analyses of key texts and diverse media, and their connections to historical and contemporary debates within feminism.

CR: the former WSTD 3005

PR: 3 credit hours in Gender Studies at any level


Theories of Gender, Race and Post-Colonialism

examines theories, themes and issues that have emerged from, and in response to, post-colonial studies in recent decades. This course focuses particularly on what this body of scholarship contributes to understandings of the roles of gender, race and sexuality in colonialism, as well as the comprehension of current social and political realities.

PR: 3 credit hours in Gender Studies at any level


Gendered Politics of Health

(same as the former WSTD 3100) examines intersections of gender and health, recognising these to be politically shaped categories that have direct implications for individuals' lives. This course considers the ways that particular conceptualizations of gender, health and well-being are shaped and challenged and considers the role of individuals, institutions and states in structuring opportunities and challenges related to health.

CR: the former WSTD 3100

PR: 3 credit hours in Gender Studies at any level


Special Topics in Gender Studies

(same as the former WSTD 3710-3720) are available only as part of the Harlow Campus Semester.

CR: the former WSTD 3710-3720


Contemporary Feminist Issues

(same as the former WSTD 4000) is an interdisciplinary seminar in Gender Studies that identifies emerging debates in contemporary feminism and analyses complex and contentious issues and how they intersect and disrupt social constructions of gender.

CR: the former WSTD 4000

OR: 3 hour seminar per week

PR: 6 credit hours in Gender Studies, including 3 credit hours in Gender Studies at the 3000-level


Feminist Practices

(same as the former WSTD 4005) examines, in considerable depth and detail, connections between feminist theories and activism for social and political change. It examines how social movement activism, including feminism, is mobilized in different historical, cultural and national contexts.

CR: the former WSTD 4005

PR: 6 credit hours in Gender Studies, including 3 credit hours in Gender Studies at the 3000-level

AR = Attendance requirement; CH = Credit hours are 3 unless otherwise noted; CO = Co-requisite(s); CR = Credit can be retained for only one course from the set(s) consisting of the course being described and the course(s) listed; LC = Lecture hours per week are 3 unless otherwise noted; LH = Laboratory hours per week; OR = Other requirements of the course such as tutorials, practical sessions, or seminars; PR = Prerequisite(s); UL = Usage limitation(s).