Spring 2022 - GSWS 321 D100

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

Gender, Race, and Chinese Nationalism

Class Number: 6309

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 4140, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    15 units.



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.


Gender (性别), race (种族), ethnicity/nationality (民族) are central to understanding the development of the modern
Chinese nation-state, revolutionary politics, everyday experiences of family and work, as well as China’s domestic and
international aggression in recent years.
This course provides a comprehensive survey of gender and race as key aspects of China’s process of state building and
modernization, from the late Qing dynasty through the building of the Republic, Communist revolution, post-Mao economic
reform, and the grandiose vision of the ‘China Dream.’ It examines, through historical, anthropological, and cultural studies
scholarship the centrality of these social constructs in terms of family, state, labor, body, pop culture, and racializing
processes in China and abroad.
For students of GSWS (Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies), the course provides an in-depth non-Western case study of
the social construction of these categories: articulations and tensions between local, national, and transnational influences
in shaping normativizing ideologies, resistances, and struggles for social justice.


For more detailed information please see the GSWS website:


  • Attendance and participation 20%
  • Midterm 20%
  • Seminar facilitation 20%
  • Film review 20%
  • Reflection paper 20%




Book chapters, journal articles, and online articles will be available via SFU library

Registrar Notes:


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