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Humanities 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 Humanities 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 Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Requirements

Students complete 18 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 Instructor Day/Time Location
OL01 Michelle Walks
TBD
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
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 3182, Burnaby
D101 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 3251, Burnaby
D102 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2268, Burnaby
D103 Th 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
WMC 2260, Burnaby
D104 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
D105 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby
D106 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
D107 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
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D108 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3511, Burnaby
D109 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D110 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 4125, Burnaby

Lower Division Humanities Requirements

Students complete 15 units, including

HUM 101W - Introduction to the Humanities (3)

An introduction to issues and concepts central to the study of the Humanities. Through exposure to primary materials drawn from different periods and disciplines, students will become acquainted with a range of topics and ideas relating to the study of human values and human experience. Students with credit for HUM 101 may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Paul Crowe
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
HCC 2510, Vancouver

and one of

HUM 102W - Classical Mythology (3)

An introduction to the central myths of the Greeks and Romans. The course will investigate the nature, function, and meaning of myths in the classical world and their considerable influence on western civilization. Students with credit for HUM 102 may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 David Mirhady
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 3005, Burnaby
D101 David Mirhady
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5030, Burnaby
D102 David Mirhady
Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5047, Burnaby
D103 David Mirhady
Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
D104 David Mirhady
Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5029, Burnaby
D105 David Mirhady
Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
D106 David Mirhady
Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5027, Burnaby
OL01 Alessandra Capperdoni
TBD
HUM 105 - Many Europes: Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern (3)

A study of the many diverse peoples, languages, and regions of the European continent from the origins of civilization until the mid-16th century. Breadth-Humanities.

HUM 106 - Art and the Humanities (3)

An introduction to the study of art across cultures and periods. Breadth-Humanities.

HUM 110 - The Greek World (3)

An interdisciplinary introduction to the Greek culture in different periods. Using various sources and materials the course explores continuities and ruptures, evolutions and revolutions, and the impact such issues have on the imagination of people today. Students with credit for HS 100 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

HUM 121 - Walk of Life: Migrations in Eurasia from Antiquity to the Present (3)

Examines population movements in Eurasia, from antiquity to the present. Considers a variety of questions related to the how and why people migrate. Answering these questions pertaining to mass migration in Eurasia fosters greater understanding of the overall human experience. Breadth-Humanities.

HUM 130 - Introduction to Religious Studies (3)

An introduction to concepts central to the academic study of religion exploring various relevant methodologies. Provides a framework for understanding the many ways in which humans experience the phenomenon of the sacred through symbol, ritual, doctrine and experience in a variety of religious traditions and cultures. Students who have taken HUM 230 prior to 2007 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D900 Antone Minard
Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SRYC 2710, Surrey
OL01 Jason Brown
TBD
HUM 150 - Warfare in the Hellenic World: From Plato to NATO (3)

From the days of Achilles to the Second World War, warfare has changed the Greek experience. Examines the evolution of warfare, from Ancient Greece to modem Europe, considering the interplay of violence, technology, ideology, and society. Students with credit for HS 150 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.

and three further lower division humanities courses, including at least one 200-level course.

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

Students complete 20 upper division units 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.

Upper Division Humanities Requirements

Students complete a total of 20 units in upper division humanities courses and the following are recommended.

HUM 320 - Cross-Cultural Philosophy in the Humanities (4)

An exploration of the characteristic ways in which the humanities, with its emphasis on expression, belief and tradition, presents important philosophical concepts. Based upon an interdisciplinary selection of texts drawn from history, philosophy, literature and the arts. Prerequisite: 45 units. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Samir Gandesha
We 4:30 PM – 8:20 PM
HCC 2245, Vancouver
HUM 321W - The Humanities and Critical Thinking (4)

A study of the counter-traditions within western civilization. Compares and contrasts diverse traditions within western culture that critique its central value systems. It will focus on the attempts of great artists and thinkers to break with tradition, and the subsequent creation of new ideas and forms of experience and expression. Prerequisite: 45 units. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Antone Minard
Tu 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2533, Burnaby
D101 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
HUM 325 - The Humanities and the Natural World (4)

A study of the humanistic, scientific, political, and ideological discourses deriving from concern with the natural environment. Using classic and contemporary sources, this course examines the interaction of humans with the non-human world, and includes such topics as human communities and nature, the immersion of the individual in nature, nature and the human habitat. Prerequisite: 45 units. Breadth-Humanities.

Students in the humanities joint major programs have the option of taking concentrations to enhance their programs.

Concentration in Art and Material Culture

Concentration in Hellenic Studies

Concentration in Mythologies

Concentration in Public Engagement and Intellectual Culture

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 60 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 minimum CGPA and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0 across all units attempted in each subject that is a major, a joint major, a minor, or an extended minor. FASS Departments may define specific requirements for their respective programs.

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

  • At least half of the program's total units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.
  • At least two thirds of the program's total upper division units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.

Elective Courses

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