Spring 2020 - GSWS 102 D100

Feminist Action (3)

Class Number: 3862

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 3181, Burnaby



An historical and comparative survey of feminisms and feminist activism in Western European, North American, and Global communities. Students who have completed WS 102 may not take GSWS 102 for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.


In this course we will explore the history of feminist actions and social movements from the mid-eighteenth century to today. We will explore histories and activisms from around the globe.  We will use texts created by activists from a range of historical periods and geographies to come to an understanding of the diversity of feminist actions.

At the end of this course you will:
· Be able to discuss definitions of ‘feminism’
· Be aware of the major schools of feminist thought
· Understand the concepts of, and problems with, ‘waves of feminism’
· Understand that different movements prioritised different agendas at different times
· Explain feminist action on major topics such as suffrage; education; reproductive rights; sexuality; and violence.
· Be able to provide examples and case studies from across the globe.


For more detailed information please see the GSWS website: http://www.sfu.ca/gsws/courses/Educational_Goals.html


  • Paired Tutorial Reading Presentations 10%
  • Quiz 1 30%
  • Quiz 2 30%
  • Artifact Analyses 20%
  • Participation 10%


Due to COVID-19, grading changes are...

GSWS 102 - all assignments remain - all weightings are the same as on the syllabus

Participation being measured by responses via email to a discussion topic - only a couple of lines required.

In person quiz is now a 48 hour take home quiz of two essays rather than two essays and multiple choice questions



All required readings are available free on Canvas. Readings are organised by topic and tutorial activities will be based on the readings. Material from the readings will be included in the quizzes so make sure to read more than just the works you are assigned to present on.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html