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Introduction to Women’s Studies: Silences, Voices and Experiences

Course Code: WSGR 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 Women’s Studies, this course surveys the historical marginalization of women and the development of feminist thought in Western society, focusing on the range of forces and experiences that have shaped, limited and liberated women in their lives. Students will be introduced to gender and feminist theory in order to explore the nature and extent of women’s disenfranchisement and the common and diverse ways women have sought to challenge and redefine their place in Western society.

Course Content

Course content will include:

  1. representative classic works of Western feminist thought;
  2. academic/scholarly studies of historical and/or contemporary women’s experiences;
  3. some literary works (such as novels, journals, life-writings, poetry, drama) relating to historical or contemporary periods.

Course content may also include:

  1. exploration of contemporary pop culture and its representations of women (as expressed in film, advertising, and other media);
  2. required attendance at an off-campus event (literary, political, theatrical, activist, religious).

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 exploration;
  4. interviews;
  5. seminar presentations;
  6. instructors’ comments on students’ written work;
  7. lectures (including guest lectures).

Means of Assessment

Evaluation 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.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, successful students should be able to:

  1. understand what is meant by the silencing of women;
  2. discuss the effects of the silencing of women (psychological and societal);
  3. discuss and apply an understanding of gender theory to an analysis of women’s lives and their own experiences;
  4. discuss the experiences of women with, and the intersections among, class, age, race, sexuality and sexual orientation, and appreciate the diversity of women’s voices and experiences;
  5. understand a variety of feminist voices and the development of feminist thought in Western society;
  6. begin, through written reflection, to articulate the relevance of course materials to their own lives and experiences

course prerequisites




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.