Fall 2021 - GSWS 314 D100

Race, Class and Gender (4)

Class Number: 5006

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 12:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    HCC 1325, Vancouver

  • Prerequisites:

    15 units.



An examination of feminist, Marxist and anti-racist theories pertaining to the historical development, social construction, and interactive nature of race, class and gender relations. Students with credit for either GSWS 301 (or WS 301) or GSWS 310 (or WS 310) as Special Topics: Race, Class and Gender may not take this course for further credit.


This course provides students with an overview of the interlocking nature of race, class and gender relations at the micro- and macro- levels of society. It explores a number of themes in the analysis of race, class, gender relations, and sexuality in contemporary industrial societies. Using feminist and anti-racist perspectives, the course examines how race is mediated through other forms of social difference such as gender, class, sexuality, dis/ability, and age. Through a wide range of readings, this course aims to cover the following:

  • Analyze and illustrate theoretical frameworks in the study of race, gender, and class relations;
  • Explain and demonstrate an understanding of how race, class, and gender intersect with other categories of social experience such as sexuality, indigenous status, nationality, ethnicity, dis/ability, religion, and age;
  • Examine social inequality through theorizing anti-racism and comprehend the impact of social division and oppression on multiple level;
  • Show an exercise how to break the cycles of oppression of various disadvantaged groups;
  • Demonstrate the role of advocacy groups, grassroots organizations, and coalition building.


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


  • Short Paper (1250 words; 5 pages excluding bibliography) 25%
  • Mid-term Take-Home Exam (Two short essays; 1000 words per essay excluding bibliography) 35%
  • Final Paper (250 words per page; 2000 words excluding bibliography) 25%
  • Class Attendance & Participation 15%



GSWS 314 Electronic readings available through SFU Library

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