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Women’s Studies (WMST) - 2011 / 2012

Women’s Studies (WMST)
Faculty of Arts and Science

Women’s Studies 1000

Knowing Bodies: An Introduction to Women’s Studies
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
A critical feminist examination of women’s embodied lives in differing social locations. The course challenges the traditional dichotomies of mind/body, culture/nature, and public/private in the treatment of such topics as the feminization of poverty; sexualities, reproduction, and family life; violence against women; women and religion; and culture and body image.
Substantially Similar:
Women’s Studies 2000 (prior to 2004/2005)

Women’s Studies 2100/Health Sciences 2600

Women and Health
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Concerns of women in health and illness are explored in relation to current formal and informal health care practices.
Prerequisite(s):
Second-year standing (a minimum of 30.0 credit hours)
Equivalent:
Health Sciences 4850 (Women and Health) (prior to 2006/2007)

Women’s Studies 2300

Theorizing Women’s Lives: Feminist Frameworks
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
A history of the development of feminist theoretical perspectives from the 18th Century to the present using a multidisciplinary perspective.
Recommended Background:
Women’s Studies 1000
Equivalent:
Women’s Studies 3500 (prior to 2004/2005)

Women’s Studies 2600

Activism and Advocacy
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
This course explores the critical link between feminist theoretical perspectives and practice. Through various historical periods and global settings, students evaluate ways in which feminist consciousness shapes women’s local, national, and transnational activism. Utilizing experiential learning, students gain first-hand knowledge of viable forms of advocacy for social justice and equality.
Recommended Background:
Women’s Studies 1000

Women’s Studies 2700

Feminist Approaches to Research
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Critical analysis of scientific methods and research processes from a feminist perspective including design, collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data.
Prerequisite(s):
One of Women’s Studies 1000 or Second-year standing (a minimum of 30.0 credit hours)

Women’s Studies 3010

Women, Bodies and Movement (Series)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
This series investigates the relationships of women and their bodies to the physical, cultural, and social domains in which they move. Individual offerings will focus on or include areas such as health; sexualities; physical activity and well-being; cultural production; media; paid and unpaid labour; and migration and coerced removal.
Prerequisite(s):
A previous course in Women’s Studies;
Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)

Women’s Studies 3020

Women and Globalization (Series)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
This series examines how women’s lives and local environments are impacted by globalization. Individual offerings will focus on or include areas such as global and grassroots feminist alliances; human rights; feminist political economy; indigeneity; ecofeminism; technology transfer; sex trade and tourism; feminization of labour and free trade zones; and population, integration, and immigration policies.
Prerequisite(s):
A previous course in Women’s Studies;
Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)

Women’s Studies 3030

Women and the Arts (Series)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
This series examines women’s contributions to, and historical exclusion from, the arts. Individual offerings will focus on or include areas such as women and film; women and creative arts, critics, and patrons of the arts; the arts in cultural and separatist feminisms; race, disability, and ethnicity in the arts; avant garde and cultural production activism by women in the arts; and women’s relationships to new technologies (cyberfeminism) and multimedia.
Prerequisite(s):
A previous course in Women’s Studies;
Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)

Women’s Studies 3040

The Politics of Representation (Series)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
This series examines myriad ways women have been represented and how they have resisted or challenged those representations in various cultural forms and practices. Individual offerings will focus on or include areas such as popular culture, media, sexualities, literature, visual arts, performing arts, law, internet, fashion, cosmetic industries, and the impact of advertising and marketing on young girls.
Prerequisite(s):
A previous course in Women’s Studies;
Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)

Women’s Studies 3050

Sex and Spiritualities (Series)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
This series explores the relationship between faith, spirituality, and sexuality among world and indigenous religious traditions and new religious movements. Individual offerings will focus on or include areas such as religious gender ideologies, rites of passage into adulthood, sexual prohibitions and taboos, mysticism, and images of the divine as feminine and masculine.
Prerequisite(s):
A previous course in Women’s Studies or Religious Studies;
Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)
Equivalent:
Women’s Studies 2010 (prior to 2007/2008)

Women’s Studies 3060

Science, Spaces, Environments, and Technology (Series)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
This series examines contemporary relationships among society and space; nature, environment and development; and culture and technology. Individual offerings will focus on or include areas such as feminist responses to the design, use, and increasing privatization of public spaces; the role of gender in planning for environmental sustainability; feminist political economy; and critiques of science.
Prerequisite(s):
A previous course in Women’s Studies;
Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)
Equivalent:
Women’s Studies 2850 (Gender and Environmental Movements) (prior to 2010/2011) is equivalent to the same offering in the Women’s Studies 3060 Series;
Women’s Studies 3850 (Women and the Environment) (prior to 2010/2011) is equivalent to the same offering in the Women’s Studies 3060 Series

Women’s Studies 3070

Social Justice and the State (Series)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Relationships between various state formations and women's lives. Offerings start from the understanding that the state plays a central role in organizing gender, racial, sexual, and national relations of power. Focus on specific areas such as reproductive rights, paid/unpaid labour, citizenship and immigration, indigenous sovereignty, sexual rights, social security, marriage, and war/militarism.
Prerequisite(s):
A previous course in Women’s Studies;
Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)
Equivalent:
Women’s Studies 2900 (Women and the State) (prior to 2011/2012) is equivalent to the same offering in the Women’s Studies 3070 Series

Women’s Studies 3300

Advanced Feminist Theory
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
This course explores topics within feminist theory such as postmodernism, post-colonialism, critical race theory, aboriginal feminisms, ecofeminism, queer theory, and emerging and intersecting theoretical perspectives.
Prerequisite(s):
Women’s Studies 2300

Women’s Studies 3700

Advanced Research Practice
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Students will design research proposals, write grant applications and conduct ethics reviews for specific projects, employing feminist research theory and methods.

Women’s Studies 4900

Senior Seminar in Women’s Studies (Series)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Seminar for advanced investigation of specific topics or current issues in Women’s Studies.
Prerequisite(s):
Women’s Studies 2300;
Women’s Studies 2700
OR
Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours);
One of Anthropology 4002 or Philosophy 2235

Women’s Studies 4995

Undergraduate Thesis
Credit hours: 6.0
Contact hours per week: Variable
This is a research-oriented course in which students will conduct empirical research, submit a report in the form of an undergraduate thesis which will be made publicly available, and report orally on the work. In consultation with their Thesis Supervisor, students will define a research problem and formulate a research plan.
Prerequisite(s):
Fourth-year standing (a minimum of 90.0 credit hours);
A cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher;
Women’s Studies 3700
Note:
Contact hours will vary. Students should be aware that this course involves regular contact with the Thesis Supervisor as well as considerable independent work.
See Part 7 - Arts and Science, Sections 5.c. (p. 98), 6.c. (p. 100), and 7.c. (p. 101).