Spring 2023 - HSCI 472 D100

Special Topics in Health Sciences II (3)

Gender Equity & Health

Class Number: 7939

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    AQ 3005, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Will vary according to topic.



Selected topics in areas not currently offered within the undergraduate course offerings.


Gender equality is not only a fundamental right, but necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable world. While vast progress has been made to improve girls’ education, reduce forced child marriage, accelerate women into leadership positions, and reform laws to advance gender equality, many gaps remain including high sustained levels of intimate partner violence disproportionately experienced by young women, girls, and 2S/LGBTQ+ youth. Gender inequities have been exacerbated due to the COVID-19 pandemic and contribute to poor sexual reproductive and mental health outcomes and have generational implications for the health, wellbeing, and rights of all women, girls, and gender diverse communities across their life course. Gender inequities are also being worsened due to the climate crisis, which, without considerable attention, will surely worsen with our ever-warming planet. This course will examine intersections of gender equality, sexual and reproductive health, and mental health using interdisciplinary, intersectional, community-based, and feminist approaches and theories. Students will be especially encouraged to think critically about how progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 5: To achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls has been monitored, and how and if current measures to monitor progress are appropriate for a diversity of young women and gender non-conforming individuals. Topics will include gender theories from across the globe; conceptualizations and applications of gender equality and gender equity and sexual and reproductive health and rights; gender considerations in times of crisis; gender-based violence; mental health; gender transformative approaches; youth engagement in research and practice; data justice in monitoring progress towards SDG 5; and critical examinations into gender equality and gender equity measurement science.

90 units, including at least 15 upper division HSCI units with a minimum grade of C-



By the end of the course, student should be able to:

  • Engage in critical thinking on theories of gender and sexuality in relation to the literature on mental health and sexual and reproductive health and rights in times of crises as well as global development;
  • Understand the emergence and evidence surrounding gender transformative approaches in advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights and mental health during times of crises (e.g., climate change, COVID-19);
  • Critically evaluate the ways in which gender equity has been measured in health research;
  • Conduct an intersectional analysis on a gender transformative study or intervention and make recommendation for future initiative related to the topic area



  • Class Excercises & Discussion Posts 20%
  • Problem statement of a particular gender equity & health issue 20%
  • Group presentation 20%
  • Final research proposal 40%



This will be an interactive seminar where preparation and participation are essential to the success of the course. The course will include instructor and peer lectures, guest presentation, classroom activities, with discussion a part of all these activities. Students will be expected to share with their classmates and take a leadership role in the course delivery.




Original articles will be assigned each week 


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the university community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the university. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the university. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html