Fall 2021 - GSWS 101 OL01

Gender Talk (3)

Class Number: 7673

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:


  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 14, 2021
    Tue, 11:59–11:59 p.m.



An interdisciplinary study of the social and cultural construction of gender, and how ideas about masculinity and feminity shape current issues, knowledge, popular culture, and social policy. Students who have completed WS 101 may not take GSWS 101 for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.


Should sex work be legalized? Is pornography sexist? How is gender and sexuality portrayed in popular culture? If you are interested in the ways we live as gendered beings in Canadian society, then GSWS 101 will be of interest to you.  This introductory course examines the historical and cultural meanings of gender and sexuality, examines how ideas about gender shape institutions, popular culture, and social policies, studies the intersections of gender with race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality, and debates the history and future of feminist activism.

Please note that many of the topics we discuss in class are difficult and sometimes controversial. Please treat each other with thoughfulness and respect thorughout the term.


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


  • Research Assignment, Part I 10%
  • Research Assignment, Part II 25%
  • Mid-term test (short take home) 10%
  • Final Exam (longer take home) 30%
  • Weekly Participation (Canvas Discussion Boards) 15%
  • Structured Online Discussions (Canvas) 10%



  • All weekly readings available on the GSWS 101 Canvas site
  • Stephanie Meyer, Twilight. Available at the bookstore, but any edition is acceptable.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.