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Political Science and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Joint Major

Bachelor of Arts

The Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies and the Department of Political Science have complementary interests in gender, sexuality, and women's issues. This joint major is for those who share these interests. Students are encouraged to plan their program in consultation with advisors in both departments.

Admission Requirements

Students may declare the GSWS portion of this plan upon successful completion of one GSWS course and upon application to the Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies.

Program Requirements

Students complete 120 units, as specified below.

Lower Division Political Science Requirements

Students complete a total of 15 units, including one of

POL 100 - Introduction to Politics and Government (3)

A comprehensive introduction to the study of politics and government for both political science majors and students specializing in other disciplines. The course will explore the major concepts, methods, approaches and issues in political science, as well as the primary components of government structure and the political process. POL 101W is the Writing certified version of POL 100 and students cannot receive credit for both courses. Breadth-Social Sciences.

POL 101W - Introduction to Politics and Government (3)

A comprehensive introduction to the study of politics and government for both political science majors and students specializing in other disciplines. Explores the major concepts, methods, approaches and issues in political science, as well as the primary components of government structure and the political process. This course is identical to POL 100 and students may not take both courses for credit. Writing/Breadth-Social Sci.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
D100 Sanjay Jeram
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 3181, Burnaby
D101
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 7102, Burnaby
D102
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7102, Burnaby
D103
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D104
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D105
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D106
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D107
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D108
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D109
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D110
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5048, Burnaby
D111
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D112
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5049, Burnaby

and

POL 201 - Introductory Quantitative Methods in Political Science (3)

Introduces quantitative research techniques in political science. Introduces important analytical and conceptual skills necessary to understand and evaluate quantitative political science research. Prerequisite: POL 200 or permission of department. Students with credit for IS 240 may not take POL 201 for further credit. Quantitative.

and an additional nine lower division units.

Lower Division Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Requirements

Students complete 12 lower division GSWS units, including two of

GSWS 100 - Sex Talk: Introduction to Contemporary Issues in Sexuality Studies (3)

An introduction to issues in the study of sex, sexual identity, and sexual culture. Focused on contemporary theories of sexuality as well as representations in fiction, film and popular media from diverse cultural contexts. Students who have completed GDST 200 may not complete this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

GSWS 101 - Gender Talk (3)

An interdisciplinary study of the social and cultural construction of gender, and how ideas about masculinity and feminity shape current issues, knowledge, popular culture, and social policy. Students who have completed WS 101 may not take GSWS 101 for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
GSWS 102 - Feminist Action (3)

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jennifer Marchbank
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 3181, Burnaby
D101
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
D102
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5049, Burnaby
D103
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5048, Burnaby
D104
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 7102, Burnaby
D105
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 4130, Burnaby
D106
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3513, Burnaby
D107
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
BLU 10901, Burnaby
D108
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 7102, Burnaby
D109
Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7102, Burnaby
D110
Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby

Upper Division Political Science Requirements

Students complete 24 upper division units. It is strongly recommended that POL 416 be included.

Upper Division Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Requirements

Students complete 20 upper division GSWS units. Courses which have high GSWS content may be considered for credit towards this plan. With the approval of the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, students may use as substitution credit one upper division course offered by another department.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Degree Requirements

For all bachelor of arts (BA) programs, students complete 120 units, which includes

  • at least 60 units that must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 45 upper division units, of which at least 30 upper division units must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 65 units (including 21 upper division units) in Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences courses
  • satisfaction of the writing, quantitative, and breadth requirements
  • an overall cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0, and a program (major, joint major, extended minor, minor) CGPA and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

WQB Graduation Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit

Requirement

Units

Notes
W - Writing

6

Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject
Q - Quantitative

6

Q courses may be lower or upper division
B - Breadth

18

Designated Breadth Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division
6 units Social Sciences: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci

6

Additional Breadth 6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be B-designated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements)

Students choosing to complete a joint major, joint honours, double major, two extended minors, an extended minor and a minor, or two minors may satisfy the breadth requirements (designated or not designated) with courses completed in either one or both program areas.

 

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

The University’s residency requirement stipulates that, in most cases, total transfer and course challenge credit may not exceed 60 units, and may not include more than 15 units as upper division work.

Elective Courses

In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.