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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (2019/2020)
15.9 Gender Studies

A tentative list of upcoming Gender Studies course offerings can be found at

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 WSTD 1000, the former WSTD 2000


Critical Reading and Writing: Identities and Difference

(same as the former GNDR 2005) 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 and the former GNDR 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.


Girlhood and Girl Culture

(same as the former GNDR 3002) critically engages with the expanding contemporary feminist scholarship on girlhood and girl cultures. It considers historical and contemporary constructions of girlhood in primarily Western contexts as they intersect with ‘race’, ethnicities, sexualities and class. Course materials will be used to explore static and changing dimensions of girlhood, including gender expectations and identities; girlhood as possible sites of power; and claims about the emergence of ‘grrrls’ and ‘new girls.’

CR: the former GNDR 3002, the former WSTD 3002


Masculinities in Critical, Global Perspective

engages theories of masculinities from a feminist perspective, in a variety of geographical and cultural contexts. All sections of this course follow International Studies guidelines available at


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

3003-3020 (Excluding 3008, 3009)

Special Topics in Gender Studies

(same as the former WSTD 3002-3020 excluding 3004, 3005, 3009, and 3015) will have topics announced by the Department.

CR: the former WSTD 3003-3020 excluding 3004, 3005, 3008, and 3009

PR: 3 credit hours in Gender Studies


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


Feminist Practices and Global Change

(same as the former GNDR 4005 and the former WSTD 4005) examines, in considerable depth and detail, connections between feminist theories and activism for social and political change on a global scale. It examines how social movement activisms, particularly in their transnational feminist forms, are mobilized in different historical, cultural and geographic contexts; and are increasingly defined by linkages between the local, regional and global/transnational. All sections of this course follow International Studies guidelines available at

CR: the former GNDR 4005, the former WSTD 4005

PR: 3 credit hours in Gender Studies


Indigenous Feminisms in Theory and Practice

examines the growing body of Indigenous feminist scholarship that has emerged from North America in recent decades. It looks at a range of theoretical debates and activist practices taken up in this literature, which centers colonialism alongside gender (and other axes of social difference) as an analytic for understanding the lived realities of Indigenous women and their communities.

PR: completion of GNDR 1000 is advised but not required


Gender, Race and Post-Colonialism in Global Contexts

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 international body of scholarship contributes to understandings of the roles of gender, race and sexuality in historical and ongoing colonial processes as global phenomena with diverse manifestations at the continental. regional and local levels. Special focus will be given to the legacies of British colonialism worldwide. All sections of this course follow International Studies guidelines available at

PR: 3 credit hours in Gender Studies


Fat Studies

introduces fat studies scholarship and fat activism. with particular attention to how fat, fatness, fat bodies, and fat as an identity are historically, socially, medically, politically, and culturally constructed in Canada and beyond.


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


Justice, Politics, and Reproduction

analyzes key issues related to justice, politics and reproduction with particular attention to the ways that domestic law and politics, in Canada and other transnational locations, shape regulations and social expectations and practices.

PR: completion of Law and Society 1000 and/or GNDR 1000 are advised but not required


Special Topics in Gender Studies: Harlow

(same as the former WSTD 3710-3720) is 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: 3 credit hours in Gender Studies at the 3000 level or permission of instructor


Methods that Matter in Gender Studies

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

CR: the former WSTD 3000 and former GNDR 3000

PR: 3 credit hours in Gender Studies at the 3000 level or permission of instructor

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).