Department of Women & Gender Studies


Welcome to the Department of Women & Gender Studies

Using feminist theory and research methodologies, women and gender studies examine the historical and contemporary conditions of our society.

Whether as activists, scholars or labourers, women have generated significant changes in society. Women and Gender Studies offer you the opportunity to learn how these changes were initiated and gives you the tools to actively participate in the creation of a more just society. As a student in this program, you will broaden your knowledge of women’s lives, bodies, experiences, labour and scholarship. You’ll also explore feminism as an influential political and social global movement that has generated significant change in all aspects of daily life for everyone. Our department draws on a vibrant community of scholars and activists both inside and outside the university to explore a wide range of issues.

Department Highlights

Join us for two SAMWAK talks on November 21, 2020

Nov. 21: 10-11:30 a.m.

“Militarization of morality: The policing of sex work”
Jess Tollestrup (General Social Sciences, WGST, INDG, SOCI)

“Scholars at risk: The case of Academics for Peace in Turkey”
Dr. Gulden Ozcan (Sociology, University of Lethbridge)

Dr. Glenda Bonifacio

VIDEO: PUBlic Professor Series | Glenda Bonifacio

Communities and disasters: associative acts and total escape? | recorded in front of a live audience September 24, 2020

Communities respond to disasters, and perhaps disasters build communities. Disasters happen everywhere, and their meanings and perspectives vary. Could we then escape from disasters? What are the associative acts responsible for disasters? And, are these acts fully accounted for in our understanding of disasters? These questions persist to an "accidental' sociologist of disasters, even if I grew up in a country considered third-most vulnerable to natural hazards and coming from the most-at-risk region in the world. Using critical insights from research on migration and post-disaster communities, I open a dialogue of what it means to be a community at this time of possible 'extinction' and amidst a global crisis of humanism.

Jaisie Walker

Look into non/monogamous relationships earns student Parkland Institute Graduate Research Award

Jaisie Walker, a University of Lethbridge graduate student in the Department of Women & Gender Studies, has been awarded the 2019 Parkland Institute Graduate Research Award for their project, Unsettling Lateral Violence: Queer Genealogies of Non/Monogamy in Southern Alberta.

Walker, born in England and raised in Scotland before moving to Canada following their high school years, has worked on the frontlines of anti-violence programming and seen how the queer and non/monogamous communities are underserved by current policies on interpersonal violence.


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Whether you’re looking for a more in-depth learning experience by assisting with research projects on campus or by testing your knowledge in a real-life work setting, we can help! The programs available in the Career Bridge office will provide you with a solid foundation for further studies and an excellent framework for a challenging and rewarding career — whatever direction you decide to go. Explore career options, participate in research and develop skills that complement your degree.

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