Gender, Sexualities and Women’s Studies
An introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Gender, Sexualities and Women’s Studies, this course surveys the historical marginalization of women, the development of feminist thought and the rise of feminist resistance and liberation movements. Students will be introduced to gender and feminist theory in order to explore the nature of patriarchal societies and the common and diverse ways feminists have sought to challenge and redefine gendered experiences in Western society and the world.
This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the field of Women’s Studies, emphasizing the gendered social processes and structures that shape our lives. Beginning with an intersectional introductory review of feminist and queer theories and movements, the course will survey a range of contemporary social issues in Canada. It will also explore changes in gendered experiences and perspectives within a dynamic and increasingly global context.
GSWS 1102 introduces students to major contemporary issues in sexuality studies. We will explore sexualities in relation to current political, social, and philosophical debates. Students will examine sexualities via interdisciplinary texts and current media. Topics will include an overview of sexuality theories, health and sex, media representations, and intersectional approaches to gender and identity.
Building upon the foundational concepts introduced in GSWS 1100 and/or 1101, this course will involve an in-depth and interdisciplinary exploration of contemporary gender experiences, theories and issues. This exploration will focus on one or more themes, such as gender representations in popular culture, bodies and reproduction and/or gendered violence.
Reproductive Justice explores ongoing struggles to define, medicalize, technologize, and/or constrain reproductive bodies. It examines representations of reproductive bodies in North American political, social, and cultural contexts, and takes an interdisciplinary and intersectional approach to narratives, issues, practices, and arguments regarding reproductive justice. Topics may include contraception, abortion, fertility, normative kinship, childbirth, child rearing, loss, age, familial environment, and access. Multi-media representations and portrayals of reproduction will be researched and investigated with attention to race, gender, heteronormativity, and social activism.