Fall 2022 - URB 423 E100

Women in Cities: A Critical Intersectional Perspective (4)

Class Number: 7183

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
    HCC 400, Vancouver

  • Prerequisites:

    30 units.



Gender and sexual politics are among the most significant -and least discussed- of the forces and processes that affect urban form and function, from the built environment, to law and policy, to cultural landscapes. Examines how gender and sexuality shape urban life, from the body to City Hall. Students who completed GSWS 411 E100 or URB 695 (Fall 2020) under the title "Women in Cities" may not take this course for further credit.


This course examines gender and sexual politics in cities, in conversation with the many other systems of oppression and social dynamics that operate in conjunction with gender and sexuality. Taking a critical and intersectional approach to the relationship between cities and the intimate lives of their residents, we explore how embodied experiences of gender and sexual identity and difference shape our perceptions of cities and the strategies aimed at addressing safety and inclusion.

We review a range of materials – including but not limited to academic texts, municipal policy documents, NGO reports, and tools like safety audits and collaborative mapping – to investigate the explicit and implicit ways that forms of gender and sexuality are promoted or policed, how cities take sexual and gender politics seriously already, and how cities can improve their policies and services.

Note: Students who completed GSWS 411 E100 (Fall 2020) under the title "Women in Cities" may not take this course for further credit.


  • Discussion questions 15%
  • Additional article summary-analysis + presentation 30%
  • Podcast interview or recorded report 40%
  • Peer review 15%



Course readings will be made available on Canvas and through SFU library.


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Registrar Notes:


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