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Learning Opportunities

The courses on this page reflect Saint Mary's ongoing effort to encourage and create the infrastructure for teaching and research excellence in areas related to sexualized violence and critical race studies.

This selection of courses is a sample of the variety of opportunities available - consult with your program's advising centre for other possible options. If you are a professor who would like to see your course listed here, please contact Dr. Esther Enns.

For more information or to enroll in these courses, contact the listed professor, departmental secretary, or the Advising Centre for the listed faculty.

The listed courses may not contain complete information, and are subject to change.  In all cases, the course details should be confirmed with the professor and/or department offering them.


Anthropology

ANTH 1202 Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology
Professor Marty Zelenietz

An introduction to the cultures and social systems of people from around the world. Topics include economics, politics, kinship, family, and religion, as well as the expressive aspects of culture such as the arts, myth, and ritual.

ANTH 2392 Language, Culture, and Society
Professor Eric Henry

Students explore the relationship between language and culture in diverse ethnographic settings. Attention will be paid to the unique contributions of anthropology to the study of language.

ANTH 3334 Warfare and Aggression: Anthropological Approaches to Human Conflict
Professor Marty Zelenietz

conflict by evaluating anthropological theories of warfare and aggression in light of the case materials available on small-scale societies. In addition, particular attention will be devoted to: 1) the role of racism in human conflict, and 2) a critique of socio-biological theories of human aggression.

ANTH 3396 Language Use and Issues in Canada
Professor Eric Henry

Geographically vast and linguistically diverse, Canada offers an ideal case study of contemporary issues in the study of language. Topics include official bilingualism, functional multilingualism, heritage languages, and indigenous languages. Questions of maintenance, revitalization, contact and change will be examined throughout.


Criminology

CRIM 3800 Special Topic: Sexualized Violence
Professor Audrey MacNevin

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CRIM 3832 Restorative Justice Theory
Professor Diane Crocker

In this course, students will learn about the theory and practice of restorative justice. Guest speakers, including victims, offenders, and service providers, will talk about their experiences using restorative justice in prisons, schools, and with youth.

CRIM 4826 Special Topic: Body and Society
Professor Audrey MacNevin

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CRIM 4432 Gender and Law
Professor Val Johnson

Students will examine how the social construction of femininity and masculinity intersect with other forms of identity and power to shape law. The course will include investigation of the creation, interpretation and enforcement of law.

CRIM 4831 Restorative Justice Practice
Professor Diane Crocker

In this service learning course, students will receive training in restorative justice practices and volunteer for an agency that delivers restorative justice programs. The course will provide hands-on experience.


Education

EDUC 5661 Language, Culture and Education
Professor Esther E. Enns

This course focuses on the personal aspects of intercultureal communication – what happens when people from different cultures interact face-to-face. Topics include foundational issues of culture and communication including verbal and non-verbal communication, gender, race and class, and multicultural and anti-racist education. The courses emphasizes the development of strategies for successful intercultural education.


English

ENGL 2326 Language and Gender
Professor Elissa Asp

This course examines the role of language in forming popular perceptions about the position of women and men in society. The topics include a comparison between English and other languages in matters of grammar, vocabulary, and semantics; a comparison between modern English and earlier stages; and an enquiry into the origin of authoritarian notions of correctness. The historical role of women as users and teachers of language is also considered. Present-day attitudes, implementation of non-sexist language guidelines, and the struggle to establish non-discriminatory language practices are also included in the study.


History

HIST 2346 Black Heritage in Maritime Canada
Professor Isaac Saney

This course will provide an historical survey of the Black population in Maritime Canada, its origins, socio-economic conditions, and evolution to the present.

HIST 3100 Canadian Women
Professor Nicole Neatby

This course offers a survey of the historical experiences, status and activities of Canadian women in all their diversity from 1900 to the present. Topics will include women’s economically valuable work in the household and the paid labour force, and family life and sexuality. Special emphasis will be placed on women’s struggles for economic equality and full political and social participation in Canadian society.

HIST 3835 Women in the Two World Wars
Dr. Kirrily Freeman

In this course, students will examine women's experiences during the First and Second World Wars. During both conflicts, women fought as soldiers and spies, worked in industry and support services, tended to the wounded and served as symbols of home and family, but women were also targets of violence.

HIST 3840 Indigenous and Settler History
Professor Michael Vance

The relationship between indigenous peoples and settler societies has been problematic wherever European colonization has taken place.  In this course, students will study how these relationships have evolved over time with a view to developing a historical understanding of contemporary issues.  The course explores five themes - Treaties, Resources, Imagined “Indian-ness,” Assimilation and Resistance, in order to assist students in developing a critical understanding of the relationship between indigenous and settler societies in British North America from the late eighteenth century to the present.

HIST 3352 Race and Racism in the United States
Dr. John Munro

The racial roots of US history are traced in order to explore the importance of struggles for racial justice as well as changes and continuities in forms of racial oppression.


Linguistics

LING 2326 Language and Gender
Professor Elissa Asp

This course examines the role of language in forming popular perceptions about the position of women and men in society. The topics include a comparison between English and other languages in matters of grammar, vocabulary, and semantics; a comparison between modern English and earlier stages; and an enquiry into the origin of authoritarian notions of correctness. The historical role of women as users and teachers of language is also considered. Present-day attitudes, implementation of non-sexist language guidelines, and the struggle to establish non-discriminatory language practices are also included in the study.

LING 2392 Language, Culture, and Society
Professor Eric Henry

Students explore the relationship between language and culture in diverse ethnographic settings. Attention will be paid to the unique contributions of anthropology to the study of language.

LING 3396 Language Use and Issues in Canada
Professor Eric Henry

Geographically vast and linguistically diverse, Canada offers an ideal case study of contemporary issues in the study of language. Topics include official bilingualism, functional multilingualism, heritage languages, and indigenous languages. Questions of maintenance, revitalization, contact and change will be examined throughout


Philosophy

PHIL 1246 Sex and Sexuality
Professor Todd Calder

The philosophy of sex and sexuality concerns the nature and moral significance of sexual behaviors. Topics may include the concept of sex, sexual identity, sex and love, sex and marriage, rape, and prostitution.


Political Science

POLI 3205 Politics and Sex
Professor Edna Keeble

This course introduces students to the interconnections between gender and sexual practices, including an examination of prostitution and international sex trafficking. It will examine such matters as morality, liberation, and exploitation, drawing from multiple understandings of female sexuality.


Psychology

PSYC 3829 Human Sexual Behaviour
Professor Julie Quinn

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PSYC 3348 Gender Roles
Professor Carolyn Birnie

An introduction to the psychological concept of gender as it relates to behavioral, emotional, and cognitive development. Theories as to the sources of gender differences and similarities will be reviewed and discussed in relation to the impact of gender roles on intimate relationships, family, work, and physical and mental health.

Psyc 3351 Prevention & Treatment of Addiction
Professor Todd Leader

An introduction to the field of addictions including the full continuum from low harmful involvement to chemical dependency and problem gambling, including a review of the major perspectives or models used to conceptualize addiction problems. The strategic process related to planning, delivering, and evaluating addiction-related prevention and treatment programs and services will also be reviewed.

PSYC 4417 Interpersonal Relationships
Professor Darren Fowler

Intensive coverage of aspects of interpersonal behaviour. Topics will include relationship development and maintenance, friendships, sibling relationships, liking and loving, social and cultural influences on interpersonal relationships, sexuality, and gender differences in interpersonal relationships, including dating behaviours and attitudes.

PSYC 4497 Community Psychology
Professor Todd Leader

A review of the theoretical and empirical foundations of community psychology. The course explores the development of psychosocial environments, methods of assessing community characteristics and their relevance to mental health, and perspectives in community development and social change. Students will be introduced to applied psychology in relation to consultation, epidemiology, and prevention methods.

PSYC 4829 Advanced Human Sexual Behaviour
Professor Julie Quinn

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Religious Studies

RELS 2351 Love
Professor Chris Cutting

Our culture has represented love, variously, as effecting self-fulfillment, the affirmation of another personality, union with deity, merit for a future life; or, as sex, a passing neurosis, an unreasoned self-annihilation, or a social contrivance. This course explores the assumptions and implications of these views, particularly as they involve ultimate human concerns, that is, religion. The course can be continued into RELS 2352 where a coordinate theme is studied in a similar manner.


Sociology

SOCI 3220 Race, Racism, and Colonialism
Professor Darryl Leroux

Students in this course will critically examine the history, social production, and ongoing impacts of race, racism and colonialism.

SOCI 4432 Gender and Law
Professor Val Johnson

Students will examine how the social construction of femininity and masculinity intersect with other forms of identity and power to shape law. The course will include investigation of the creation, interpretation and enforcement of law.

SOCI 4826 Special Topic: Body and Society
Professor Carolyn Birnie

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Women and Gender Studies

WMST 1200 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
Professor Rohini Bannerjee

This course introduces students to the discipline of women and gender studies, emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of debates that inform the field. Topics may include: ideologies of femininity and masculinity; gender and psychology, language, sexuality, inequities; women and gender in the context of history, culture, literature, politics, economics; women, gender and intersecting identities, including ethnicity, class, race, disability, workforce and parenting.

WMST 3348 Gender Roles
Professor Carolyn Birnie

An introduction to the psychological concept of gender as it relates to behavioral, emotional, and cognitive development. Theories as to the sources of gender differences and similarities will be reviewed and discussed in relation to the impact of gender roles on intimate relationships, family, work, and physical and mental health.

WMST 4432 Gender and Law
Professor Val Johnson

Students will examine how the social construction of femininity and masculinity intersect with other forms of identity and power to shape law. The course will include investigation of the creation, interpretation and enforcement of law.