Fall 2021 - GSWS 411 D100

Special Topics in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies (4)

Gendering Environment

Class Number: 5949

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 8 – Dec 7, 2021: Fri, 12:30–4:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units, including six units in GSWS.



A specific theme within the field of gender, sexuality, and women's studies, not otherwise covered in depth in regularly scheduled courses, will be dealt with as occasion and demand warrant.


How do forms of social difference (gender, race, sexuality, and so on) influence people’s understanding of, and experience with, environment? How do these understandings and experiences operate within ever-shifting settler-colonial and capitalist contexts? This course tackles these questions.


Using a feminist-critical perspective, we examine efforts to address climate justice and the climate emergency by:

  • Unpacking our systems of knowledge, expertise, and nature-culture relations;
  • Exploring the links (and disconnections) between environmental “movements”, from ecofeminism to climate resiliency;
  • Analyzing case studies in environmental activism and its intersection with demands for Indigenous sovereignty and climate justice. “Critical moments” like Clayquot Sound and Wet’suwet’en pipeline protests will be discussed alongside modest but similarly significant efforts like food sovereignty and the fight for clean water.



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


  • Participation (Individual and collaborative exercises) 20%
  • Foundational concepts interview (Individual exercise) 20%
  • Podcast (Individual + collaborative exercise) 40%
  • Article review (Individual exercise) 20%



Various content (podcasts, journal articles, films, book chapters, etc.) available on Canvas and/or via SFU library databases.

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).

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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.