Thematics of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies

1. Gender, History & Cultural Memory

How do we remember and commemorate the past? Are our memories of the past constructed in the present? How has the meaning of gender, and the experiences of women and men, changed over time and place? These courses explore the history of women, histories of gender and social activism, and the historical constructions of gender in North America, Europe and Asia. This theme is of interest to students interested in how to historicize contemporary ideas and experiences of femininity and masculinity, or for those who wish to explore the ways in which the categories of gender and sexuality have intersected with those of race, class, ethnicity, region and religion.

GSWS 101: Gender Talk
GSWS 102: Feminist Action
GSWS 201: Colonizing Women
GSWS 317: Bread Riots to Riot Grrls
GSWS 327: Aboriginal Women in Canada
GSWS 311 Modernizing Women
GSWS 432: Sex in the Sixties

Electives

HIST 411: Class and Gender in European History
HIST 425: Gender and History
HIST 454: Gender and Sexuality in US History

2. Feminist Theory, Politics & Activism

What is to be done in a world where constitutions may protect the rights of women, but the actual material conditions of so many women around the world fall short of equality? How have feminists changed the history of ideas, and to what political end?  These courses share the common themes that ideas guide action, and that understanding the politics of feminism and its negotiation in the political sphere today is an essential civic survival and democratic tool for social change.  This theme is of interest to those who wish to work in government policy areas, enter law, or otherwise be passionate change-makers negotiating power, rules and authority.

GSWS 102: Feminist Action
GSWS 308: Women in the Economy
GSWS 350: Public Policy for Women
GSWS 312: Immigrants, Women and International Migration
GSWS 322: Feminist Approaches to Research
GSWS 334: Law and Human Reproduction
GSWS 398W: Feminist Currents
GSWS 433: Gender, Violence & Resistance
GSWS 405: Theoretical Issues in Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies

Electives

CRIM 213: Women and the Criminal System
CRIM 333: Women Law and the State
CRIM 432: Gender and the Courts
POL 356: Political Economy of Labour
SA 429: Sex, Work and International Capital
IS 403: Gender, Conflict and Nationalism
POL 416: Feminist Social and Political Thought

3. Sexuality & Culture

What is the impact of popular culture on our understanding of sex, sexuality, and sexual identity?   These courses explore how popular cultural representations of sex and sexuality are produced and consumed; different ways to approach the narrative, visuality and aurality of sex; as well as how alternative media connect to social movements in support of sexual rights. This thematic concentration is of interest to students who want to pursue the study of sexuality as it relates to cultural theory and analysis, communications and cultural policy, media and marketing discourse.

GSWS 100: Sex Talk
GSWS 204: Sex & the City
GSWS 205: Gender and Popular Culture
GSWS 316: Disciplining Sex
GSWS 330: Masculinities
GSWS 331: Queer Genders
GSWS 431: Local Sex on Global Screen
GSWS 432: Sex in the Sixties

Electives

HIST 115: Introduction to the History of Sexuality
ENGL 486: Topics in Gender, Sexuality and Literature
CMNS 455: Women and New Information Technologies

4. Identities & Diversity

How do ideas of gender relate to our understanding of differences between people?  These courses offer a critical study of gender as it relates to the differences arising from racialization, sexuality, ability and disability, ethnicity, age and other aspects of life that give rise to identity formations. This theme is of interest to those who want to focus on theoretical as well as political discourses on difference and diversity.

GSWS 100: Sex Talk
GSWS 101: Gender Talk
GSWS 200: Feminism Without Borders
GSWS 314: Race, Class and Gender
GSWS 327: Aboriginal Women in Canada
GSWS 331: Queer Genders
GSWS 433: Gender, Violence & Resistance

Electives

SA 435: Gender, Colonialism and Post Colonialism
SA 286: Aboriginal Peoples and Canadian Identity
CMNS 424: Colonialism, Culture and Identity
CMNS 452: Race and the Media

5. Women, Culture & Society

What are the boundaries of knowledge concerning women in culture and society?  These courses offer diverse approaches to understanding women’s lives, their representations in culture and media, as well as their experiences of ideological formation, socialization and economic opportunities.

GSWS 201 Colonizing Women
GSWS 205 Gender and Popular Culture
GSWS 306 Gender, Sexuality and Autobiographical Media
GSWS 308 Women in the Economy
GSWS 311 Modernizing Women
GSWS 350 Public Policy for Women
GSWS 398W Feminist Currents
GSWS 412 Women and Film; Film & Theories