Spring 2022 - GSWS 102 D100

Feminist Action (3)

Class Number: 6266

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 3182, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 14, 2022
    12:00 PM – 12:00 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, 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 prioritized different agendas at different times
  • Explain feminist action on major topics such as suffrage; reproductive rights; sexuality; education; and violence.
  • Be able to provide examples and case studies from across the globe.


For more detailed information please see the GSWS website:


  • Create an electronic postcard 5%
  • 3 Reading Exercises – each 5% 15%
  • Artefacts –creative responses to artefacts (objects, movies etc) 4 (can do 5 and use 4 highest grades) each worth 5% 20%
  • Midterm – this will include MCQs and a list of terms to define based on the lectures; podcasts and especially readings from the first 6 weeks 20%
  • Endterm – this will include MCQs; short answer questions and one essay. It will be based on the whole course and will again test your knowledge of readings, lectures and podcasts 30%
  • Participation – Participation is graded based on attendance at tutorials and your level of engagement whilst in the tutorial 10%



All course readings are on Canvas, other materials are online - there is no textbook to buy. Podcasts on Canvas (and elsewhere) are part of the course materials.


Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this 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 spring 2022 term.