Women Studies (WMST)

Course descriptions

1200 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies

3.0 credit hours

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.

2320 Writing by Women I [ENGL 2320]

3.0 credit hours

This course focuses on women’s literature from the middle ages to the end of the eighteenth century.  It covers a variety of literary genres and examines some of the theoretical, historical, and practical concerns pertaining to women’s writing.

2321 Writing by Women II [ENGL 2321]

3.0 credit hours

This course focuses on literature from the nineteenth century to the present day.  It covers a variety of literary genres and examines some of the theoretical, historical, and practical concerns pertaining to women’s writing.

2333 Women and Religion Today [RELS 2333]

3.0 credit hours

How has religion informed the way that we understand gender and sexuality through time and across cultural contexts? Students takes a comparative and multidisciplinary look at some of the prevailing narratives about women, men, creation, morality, and belief in world religions. Students explores issues such as religious leadership, gender rights, sexuality and sexual identity, and reproduction.

2385 Philosophical Issues in Feminism [PHIL 2385]

3.0 credit hours

This course examines philosophical issues in feminism, such as sexism, oppression, social construction, essentialism, gender, race, and class.  Attention is paid to ties between theory and practice.

2800 – 2825  Special Topics in Women and Gender Studies

6.0 credit hours

Prerequisite: at least three (3) credit hours in WMST.

These are combined lecture-seminar courses on a selected topic in Women and Gender Studies. Course content will vary from year to year. These courses allow students to take advantage of offerings in other departments relevant to a Women and Gender Studies degree.

2826 - 2849 Special Topics in Women and Gender Studies

3.0 credit hours

Prerequisite: at least three (3) credit hours in WMST.

These are combined lecture-seminar courses on a selected topic in Women and Gender Studies. Course content will vary from year to year. These courses allow students to take advantage of offerings in other departments relevant to a Women and Gender Studies degree.

3303 Sex, Gender and Society [ANTH 3303]

3.0 credit hours

Prerequisite: ANTH 1202, 1290, or 3 credit hours in a social science.

Students are introduced to an anthropological perspective on the relationship between culture, biology, and social expectations of male and female behavior. Emphasis is given to examining how individuals and societies imagine, negotiate, perform and contest dominant gender ideologies, roles, relations and identities.

3348 Gender Roles [PSYC 3348]

3.0 credit hours

Prerequisite: three (3) credit hours in PSYC

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.

3349 Women and the Economy [ECON 3349]

3.0 credit hours

This course will examine various aspects of women’s participation in the economies of developed countries (primarily Canada) as well as developing countries. Topics in any year may include analysis of the relationship between the paid and unpaid work of women, changes in labour force participation, trends and determinants of the male/female wage gap, models of household economic decision-making, the impact of technological change, and the international gender division of labour. Particular attention will be paid to policy issues relevant to the economic status of women. The course will also examine gender bias in the theory, methodology and practice of economics and will evaluate various theoretical approaches to the study of women.

3352 Women and Family in Ancient Greece [CLAS 3352]

3.0 credit hours

Students study the ancient Greek oikos (family, household) and the daily activities, roles and legal position of women, children and other dependents in the ancient Greek households (ca. 800-31 BCE).  The focus will be on women of different social classes and family life in ancient Greece, with some comparative consideration of the lives of women in other regions of the ancient world (Italy, Mesopotamia, the Levant and Egypt. 

4404 - 4405 Contemporary Issues of Feminism

3.0 credit hours

Prerequisite: at least twelve (12) credit hours in WMST or permission of instructor.

These courses provide an opportunity for students to study in considerable depth and detail selected contemporary issues of feminism both within and outside of academia. For example, a course might focus on inequality of women in the labour force, the role of unpaid work, violence and its use against women, the colonization of knowledge within academia, or on technology including the impact of new reproductive technologies and their control of women.

4406 Contemporary Issues of Feminism

6.0 credit hours

Prerequisite: at least twelve (12) credit hours in WMST or permission of instructor.

These courses provide an opportunity for students to study in considerable depth and detail selected contemporary issues of feminism both within and outside of academia. For example, a course might focus on inequality of women in the labour force, the role of unpaid work, violence and its use against women, the colonization of knowledge within academia, or on technology including the impact of new reproductive technologies and their control of women.

4417 Feminist Literary Theory [ENGL 4417]

3.0 credit hours

This course will engage students in a study of feminist literary theory. Some of the most influential theorists in this area will be analyzed as well as the dominant cultural systems to which they have responded. Students will not be required to have any prior knowledge of the field.

4420 Feminist Traditions in Scholarship

3.0 credit hours

Prerequisite: at least seventy-eight (78) credit hours or permission of instructor. 

Students will study the emergence of feminist theoretical perspectives, methodologies and analytical approaches in several disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

4421 Seminar on Women and Gender Studies

3.0 credit hours

Prerequisite: at least twenty-four (24) credit hours in WMST courses.

Students will develop their analytic skills and apply feminist methodologies and analysis in carrying out their proposed research.

4427 Language, Gender and Power [ENGL 4427/LING 3427]

3.0 credit hours

Prerequisite:  at least nine (9) credit hours at the 3000-level or above.

This course examines the role of language and its use in constructing and negotiating social positions of men and women and by men and women.  It compares discourse strategies used by powerful/powerless speakers and gender-associated discourse strategies.  It examines dialect and generic features used in constructing and maintaining social identities and differences.

4432 Gender and Law [SJCS 4432]

3.0 credit hours

Prerequisites: SJCS 2000 or SOCI/CRIM 3010, 3100, 3102 and SOCI 3012 or CRIM 3011 or permission of the instructor

Students examine and analyze how the social construction of femininity, masculinity and non-binary gender intersect with other dimensions of identity and power to shape law.

4433 Francophone Women [FREN 4433]

3.0 credit hours

Prerequisite: For FREN students, nine credit hours, with a minimum grade of C, from three of the following courses: FREN 3307, 3308, 3350, 3351. For WMST students, three (3) credit hours in WMST and six (6) credit hours in FREN at the 3000 level with a minimum grade of C.

This course will provide an introduction to Francophone women’s writing emphasizing the plurality of women’s voices. Along with a historical overview of Francophone women’s writing, students analyze individual texts based on feminist perspectives and methodologies.

4449 Public Policy Challenges: Gender, Race and Class [POLI 4449]

3.0 credit hours

This course examines a number of contemporary public policy debates and dilemmas in light of gender, race and class dynamics. The aim is to gain a better appreciation of the complexity of approaches to, and experiences of, various policy areas. The course begins by unpacking the nature and effects of the state and state policies and then moves to explore a range of economic, social, political and legal policy concerns.

4451 Gender and International Relations [POLI 4451]

3.0 credit hours

Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

Students explore theoretical and empirical issues raised by a “gender-based analysis” of international relations.

4514 - 4515 Advanced Directed Readings in Women and Gender Studies

3.0 credit hours

Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

4516 Advanced Directed Readings in Women and Gender Studies

6.0 credit hours

Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

4585 Feminist Philosophy [PHIL 4585]

3.0 credit hours

This course examines the contributions of feminist philosophers to historical and contemporary philosophical thought in diverse areas of inquiry, such as ethics, political theory, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of science, and philosophy of mind.

4850 – 4875 Directed Readings In Women and Gender Studies

6.0 credit hours

Prerequisite: at least twenty-four (24) credit hours in WMST courses.

These courses offer students an opportunity to pursue advanced readings and research in a particular area of Women and Gender Studies. The students and professors will design the programs of study together.

4876 - 4899 Directed Readings In Women and Gender Studies

3.0 credit hours

Prerequisite: at least twenty-four (24) credit hours in WMST courses.

These courses offer students an opportunity to pursue advanced readings and research in a particular area of Women and Gender Studies. The students and professors will design the programs of study together.