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Introduction to Feminisms: Silences, Voices and Experiences

Course Code: GSWS 1100
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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.

Course Content

Course content will include:

  1. some representative classic texts of feminist thought;
  2. diverse historical and/or contemporary texts pertaining to gender, feminisms and feminist activism

Course content may also include:

  1. some literary works (such as fiction, journals, life-writings, poetry, drama) and/or films
  2. exploration of contemporary pop culture and its representations of gender (as expressed in film, advertising, and other media);
  3. required attendance at an off-campus event

Methods of Instruction

The course will employ a number of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some or all of the following:

  1. small and large group discussions;
  2. audio-visual materials;
  3. internet materials (such as YouTube and TED Talks);
  4. interviews or other personal research;
  5. seminar presentations;
  6. instructors’ comments on students’ written work;
  7. lectures (including guest lectures).

Means of Assessment

Evaluations will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College Policy and will include both formative and summative components. Evaluation will be based on some or all of the following:

  1. journal writing;
  2. participation in class discussion;
  3. essays;
  4. research papers;
  5. oral presentations (individual and/or group);
  6. community life research;
  7. tests or quizzes;
  8. essay-type exams.

Students may conduct research with human participants as part of their coursework in this class.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, successful students should be able to identify, understand and discuss:

  1. foundational vocabulary and concepts pertaining to gender and feminist theory;
  2. what is meant by the silencing/oppression of women in patriarchal societies and the psychological and societal effects of this oppression (both historically and today);
  3. the history of feminisms, including the rise and chronologies of key women’s movements;
  4. types of feminism and feminist activism;
  5. issues central to feminist discourse, such as objectification, gendered violence and reproductive justice;
  6. the experiences of women with, and the intersections among, class, age, race, sexuality and sexual orientation;
  7. the diversity of women’s voices and experiences around the world.

course prerequisites





WSGR 1100

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.