Department of Gender Studies

Department of Gender Studies
Department of Gender Studies

Gender Studies Courses in the 2017-18 Arts and Science Calendar

Gender Studies students talking in tutorial

2017-18 Course Information including Options courses in other departments - pdf here (revised July 14)

Please note that courses being offered are highlighted in yellow. GNDS courses are on page 1; courses in other departments are on pages 2 and 3. Details on our Special Topics can be found by scrolling down this page.

200 Level courses
300 Level courses
400 Level courses

GNDS 120/3.0 Women, Gender, Difference

This course explores women, gender, and difference from feminist and anti-racist perspectives. It identifies the ways in which women’s activism, politics, and experiences intersect with other gendered identifications such as race, location, class, (dis)ability, and sexuality. Lessons and texts will introduce feminism, the body, colonialism, gender performance, and strategies of resistance.
NOTE Also offered online. Consult Continuing and Distance Studies. http://www.queensu.ca/artsci_online/courses/women-gender-difference
LEARNING HOURS 120 (12L;12T;12O;84P)

GNDS 125/3.0 Gender, Race and Popular Culture

Explores popular culture from feminist and anti-racist perspectives, with attention to sexuality, gender, race and nation in a variety of media.
NOTE Also offered online. Consult Continuing and Distance Studies.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (24L;12T;84P)

GNDS 211/3.0 Feminist Histories

A study of feminist narratives and gender politics in relationship to women’s lives from the 17th century forward with an emphasis upon global histories.
NOTE Also offered online. Consult Continuing and Distance Studies.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P)
PREREQUISITE GNDS 120/3.0 or GNDS 125/3.0 or permission of the Department.

GNDS 212/3.0 Racism, Colonialism and Resistance

Decades after the formal decolonization of former colonies, the power relations of the colonial world - and the racism it engendered - remain deeply embedded in the West, and are intrinsic to contemporary relations of globalization. This course explores European colonialism; historical and social constructions of ‘race’; the ongoing occupation of Indigenous peoples’ territories; and contemporary racism.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (24L;12T;84P)
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department.

GNDS 215/3.0 Introduction to Sexual and Gender Diversity

This course is an introduction to studies in sexuality and gender diversity. It will survey the field and include topics such as classical inquiries into sexuality, contemporary theories on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer identities, sexual movements, human rights, sexual morality, pornography, global sex trade, and queer cultural production. This course is open to all students but required for students enrolled in the Certificate in Sexual and Gender Diversity. It is designed to introduce SXGD students to the field and prepare them for selecting future courses.
NOTE Also offered online. Consult Continuing and Distance Studies. http://www.queensu.ca/artsci_online/courses/introduction-to-sexual-and-gender-diversity
LEARNING HOURS 120 (24L;12T;84P)
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department.

GNDS 280/3.0 Special Topics in Gender Studies  Fall 2017 Comics and Politics with Jane Tolmie

Offered when faculty resources permit, these courses are analyses of particular areas of gender studies interdisciplinary research. Details regarding specific topics will be available from the Head of the Department on an annual basis.

Fall 2017 GNDS 280/3.0 This course explores both historical and contemporary comics and sequential art in connection with debates surrounding race, class, nation, and sexual and gender diversity. It includes zines, long-form comics, and films.  Both popular culture (the new Wonder Woman, Iron Man, Captain America, Green Lantern etc.) and alternative comics (period pieces, political works,  and memoirs) will be considered. Topics include: documentary, war, trauma, transgender studies, memory, heroism, capitalism, humour, and satire. Historical and contemporary events will be viewed through the lenses provided by comics themselves and by the burgeoning field of comics criticism.  Students may enjoy familiarizing themselves with the library’s extensive resources in the field, starting with: http://library.queensu.ca/search/database/underground-and-independent-comics-comix-and-graphic-novels
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P)
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department.

GNDS 311/3.0 Feminist Thought

This course examines different forms and critiques of feminism, and major issues in the development of feminist activism and feminist theory, including challenges to the colonial history of Western feminism. Students engage with current debates in feminism, gender and queer theory, and anti-racism.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P)
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department.

GNDS 312/3.0 Black Feminisms

Studies in black women’s and black gender politics in Canada, the U.S.A., and the Caribbean.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P)
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department.

GNDS 315/3.0 Feminist Pedagogies

This course looks at teaching and learning, in formal and informal educational settings, from feminist perspectives. Explores difference (race, class, gender, sexuality, ability), social justice and activism, power and empowerment, critique and transformation, experience, and reflexivity. Students will develop their feminist pedagogical values and skills.
NOTE Also offered online. Consult Continuing and Distance Studies. Learning Hours may vary.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P)
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department.

GNDS 320/3.0 HIV/AIDS Movements:Histories of Community Health Activism

Centers historical movements in communities affected by AIDS as sources of unique critical theories of disease, health, power, and social change. Highlights how testimonies, cultural and creative work, and social research in community-based AIDS activism inspire current critical theory in feminist, queer, disability, and critical race studies.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P)
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department.

GNDS 321/3.0 Gendering Opportunities – Women’s Work

This course offers an interdisciplinary framework of feminist thought on women, work and employment opportunities. It takes a comparative look at socio-political feminist theories on work and employment in different social and cultural contexts.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P)
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department.

GNDS 326/3.0 Gender, Diaspora and the Arts

This course explores transnational realities and diasporic experience, with particular attention to gender and sexuality, through the arts.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P)
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department.

GNDS 330/3.0 Gender and the Global South

This course examines gender in an international context with emphasis on current global issues of women and development. Topics include gendering international political economy, women’s health and sexualities, and forms of struggle, resistance and change in non-western contexts.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P)
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department.

GNDS 335/3.0 Science Fiction and Fantasy

This course examines ways in which science fiction and fantasy writers use technology and the fantastic as tools for the deconstruction and reconstruction of gendered categories. The emphasis is on contemporary novels as offering deliberate and sophisticated interventions in major discourses in gender studies, with attention to issues of race, class, and nationhood.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P)
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department.

GNDS 340/3.0 Indigenous Women, Feminism and Resistance

Examines scholarship, creative works, and activism by Indigenous women as a basis for introducing Indigenous feminist thought. Cases examine the many ways that Indigenous women and LGBTQ/Two-Spirit people participate in Indigenous nations, experience and resist settler colonialism, and work for Indigenous decolonization.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P)
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department.

GNDS 345/3.0 Research Methods in Gender Studies

This course provides a critical interdisciplinary introduction to methods and methodological issues in gender studies research.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P)
PREREQUISITE Level 3 and GNDS 120/3.0 or GNDS 125/3.0

GNDS 350/3.0 Feminism, the Body and Visual Culture

This course will explore how the visual constructs and/or subverts ‘woman’ as a cultural category. An emphasis will be placed upon the female body as it intersects with class and race. Readings from art history, history, cultural theory and feminist theory will be considered.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P)
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department.

GNDS 351/3.0 Gender, Dress and Fashion

An investigation of gender as it is constructed in historical and contemporary dress and fashion. The focus will be upon visual culture and material culture.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P)
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department.

GNDS 352/3.0 Gender, Cloth and Globalization

This course will examine the gendered history of the production and consumption of cloth, the impact of changing technologies on the textile industry since the 18th century, and the ensuing tensions between the industrial and the hand-crafted.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P)
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department.

GNDS 360/3.0 Masculinities: Cross Cultural Perspectives

Considers the main themes in the history of masculinity and male sexuality, especially ‘dissident’ or subaltern masculinities internationally, and women’s roles in shaping ideologies of masculinity. Topics include the theorization of masculinity, initiation rituals, family and parenting, violence, sports, homophobia, sexual practices, colonialism, science/epistemology and men and feminism.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P)
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department.

GNDS 365/3.0 Gender Dialogues: Jewish, Muslim and Christian

This course takes an intersectional approach to contemporary interfaith dialogues, with the aim of exploring and developing religious, ethical, and cultural literacies. The course considers the construction of gender norms, stereotypes, cultural expectations, religious expectations and practices, and state policies post 9/11.
NOTE Also offered at the Bader International Study Centre.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P)
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department.

GNDS 370/3.0 Writing Lives: Feminism and Women’s Writing

Using feminist, trans and queer theory, critical race, disability studies, literary and cultural criticism, this course explores women’s writing in a wide range of genres, with emphases on memory and self‐narration and the ways in which subjects located or rejected as ‘women’ contend with binary, racialized and classed frames of gender.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P)
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department.

GNDS 375/3.0 Queer/Race Studies

This course explores current theory in queer studies by centrally examining the interdependence of race, sexuality, and gender. The course foregrounds the critical insights that follow sustained study of race in queer studies, and of queer matters in critical race, Indigenous, global, and diaspora studies.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P)
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department.

GNDS 380/3.0 Special Topics in Gender Studies  Winter 2018: Trauma and Resilience with Lorinda Peterson

Offered when faculty resources permit, these courses are analyses of particular areas of gender studies interdisciplinary research. Details regarding specific topics will be available from the Head of the Department on an annual basis.

Winter 2018 GNDS 380/3.0 Guided by feminist, queer, anti-racist, and decolonial theoretical frameworks, this course explores impacts of intergenerational trauma in Western contexts, with particular attention to pop cultural representations of trauma memory. In the first couple classes we will look at theoretical writings and excerpts to develop a vocabulary for discussing the concepts of trauma, trauma memory, witness, testimony, and resilience. In subsequent weeks, we will explore the effects of both historic (world events) and quotidian (every day) trauma on individuals and communities through critical assessments of visual art, film, literature, and media, both main stream and social including blogs.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P)
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department.

GNDS 401/6.0 Debates on Feminism and Islam

This course focuses on the theories, political activities, and organizing of Islamic feminists. It situates itself in relation to contemporary debates around the status of women in Islam and problematizes the nature of feminism and its assumed relationship to Islam. The course will focus on questions of religion, race, class, and nationalism in relation to Islam and Muslim women. This course contains an intensive and independent study component.
LEARNING HOURS 204 (36S;168P)
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or above in a GNDS Major or Medial or SXGD Plan, or permission of the Department.

GNDS 410/6.0 Special Topics in Gender Studies  Winter 2018 Technologies of Blackness and Hip Hop with Katherine McKittrick

Offered when faculty resources permit, these courses are intensive analyses of particular areas of gender studies interdisciplinary research. Details regarding specific topics will be available from the Head of the Department on an annual basis.

Winter 2018 GNDS 410/6.0: This course will explore the histories of racial capitalism and plantation slavery in relation to black cultural production.  Following black studies scholars, the underlying argument is that the history of racial violence provided the conditions for black and other marginalized communities to engender cultural texts and technologies (music, writing, poetry, theory) that critique and challenge different kinds and types of racism.  This course will historicize and think about hiphop music and hiphop cultures in relation to longstanding practices of racial violence, focusing specifically on how black and other communities use technology (gramophones, turntables, records, tapes, 808s, LinDrums, voice, song, sampling, auto-tune, MIDI) to creatively tell the history of racial capitalism and subvert white supremacy. These tensions—between racism, technology, music, and resistance—will be explored in relation to location, gender, sexual diversity, and class.  Tentative authors for the course are: Alexander Weheliye, Clyde Woods, Mark Campbell, Imani Perry, Tricky, Kendrik Lamar, Rihanna, Zebra Katz, Kanye West, Lil Kim, Missy Elliot, MIA, A Tribe Called Red, and more.
LEARNING HOURS 204(36S;168P) 
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or above in a GNDS Major or Medial or SXGD Plan, or permission of the Department.

GNDS 412/6.0 Seminar in Sexual and Gender Diversity Contested Sites in Transnational Sexuality Studies with Trish Salah

This course provides an advanced study in specific topics and theories relating to the fields of sexual and gender diversity. Topics may change from year to year. This course contains an intensive and independent study component.

Winter 2018 GNDS 412/6.0: This course is interested in engaging key problematics, or points of contention, within the transnational study of sexuality. An occasion for intensive study of varied ways that the transnational mobility of people, capital, media, and knowledge systems construct or animate multiple modalities of gender and sexuality, in this course we will consider competing frameworks for understanding sexual and gender identities, practices and politics.  Drawing upon a range of disciplinary perspectives as well as upon artistic, activist and popular media, our work will be organized through intensive study of several case studies, possibly including: transcultural sexualities and genders; racial affects and (settler) homonationalisms; sex work and human trafficking; sexual rights regimes and the “Gay International.” 

Authors we may read in the course include Aren Aizura, M. Jacqui Alexander, Ryka Aoki, Michelle Cliff, Qwo-Li Driskill, David Eng, Fatima El-Tayeb, Dina Georgis, Inderpal Grewal, Jin Haritaworn, Sarah Hunt, Dredge Kang, Caren Kaplan, Lisa Lowe, Joseph Massad, Qiu Miaojin, Amber Jamilla Musser, Jasbir Puar, Sherene Razack, Gayatri Spivak, Omise'eke Tinsley, Gloria Wekker.
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or above in a GNDS Major or Medial or SXGD Plan, or permission of the Department.

GNDS 421/6.0 Gender and Poverty

This course is designed to provide an in-depth exploration of poverty issues in Canada. It includes discussions about working poor and welfare poor and addresses how race and sexuality can compound the issues of poverty. The course will also acknowledge how poor people are actively engaged in attempting to improve their lives through anti-poverty organizing. This course contains an intensive and independent study component.
LEARNING HOURS 204 (36S;168P)
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or above in a GNDS Major or Medial or SXGD Plan, or permission of the Department.
EXCLUSION No more than 6.0 units from GNDS 421/6.0; POLS 318/3.0; POLS 382/3.0.

GNDS 427/6.0 Towards the Human: Race and the Politics of Expression

This interdisciplinary seminar will explore the ways in which modernity shapes cultural ‘difference’ and ‘the human’. Readings will focus on the racial and geographic contours of colonialism, transatlantic slavery and The Enlightenment in order to bring into focus communities that challenge racial-sexual categorization through creative expression (music, fiction, poetry, and visual art as well as theory). This course contains an intensive and independent study component.
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or above in a GNDS Major or Medial or SXGD Plan, or permission of the Department.

GNDS 428/6.0 Gender Performance

This advanced seminar addresses some of the many meanings and manifestations of ‘gender performance’ in literature and popular culture. Primary sources include a wide variety of media - novels, plays, poems, films, magazines and cartoons. Primary material will be balanced with careful consideration of work in areas such as feminist theory, identity politics, queer and performance theory. This course contains an intensive and independent study component.
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or above in a GNDS Major or Medial or SXGD Plan, or permission of the Department.

GNDS 432/6.0 Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Politics

Examines critical theories and case studies of politics and governance in Indigenous and settler societies, based in Indigenous feminist thought. Cases examine the relation between nationality, gender, and sexuality within colonial relations of rule, methods of Indigenous governance, Indigenous sovereignty struggles, and theories and practices of decolonization. This course contains an intensive and independent study component.
LEARNING HOURS 204 (36S;168P)
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or above in a GNDS Major or Medial or SXGD Plan, or permission of the Department.

GNDS 440/6.0 Social Justice Practicum: Learning through Community Organizing and Activism

Note: This course will be taught over two terms. Classroom sessions are in the fall when the practicum is started. Winter term will have occasional meetings as students complete their major paper and other coursework. These times will be determined by the class and instructor. SOLUS will count this course as 3.0 units in each of fall and winter terms.
A seminar in which students work in and outside the classroom on community organizing projects. Students reflect on how feminist, anti-racist, and queer theory can be integrated with real world practices.
LEARNING HOURS 240 (36S;72Pc;132P)
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or above in a GNDS Major or Medial or SXGD Plan, or permission of the Department.

GNDS 445/6.0 Feminist and Queer Ethnography

Examines feminist ethnography and queer ethnography as distinct subfields, areas of inquiry, writing genres and ethical methods in research and social life. Topics: historical uses of ethnography and feminist/queer/trans critiques of them; adaptations of ethnography to trans, queer, and feminist work; ethnography’s importance to gender studies.
LEARNING HOURS 240 (12L;24S;36G;168P)
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or above and registration in a GNDS Major or Medial or SXGD Plan, or permission of the Department.

GNDS 465/6.0 Gender Dialogues: Religion and Cultural Politics

This course analyzes exchanges among Jewish, Muslim, and Christian traditions, using tools from gender studies, critical race studies, religious and cultural studies. The course explores boundary-crossing in social, cultural, personal and political contexts. The course contains an intensive and independent study component.
NOTE Also offered at the Bader International Study Centre.
LEARNING HOURS 216 (36S;180P)
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or above in a GNDS Major or Medial or SXGD Plan, or permission of the Department.

GNDS 510/6.0 Directed Special Studies

In consultation with the Head of the Department, students arrange their reading with individual Gender Studies faculty, and are expected to write reports on their readings and to discuss them throughout the term with that faculty supervisor.
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or above and registered in a GNDS Major or Medial or SXGD Plan or permission of the Department.
EXCLUSIONS No more than 6.0 units from GNDS 510/6.0; GNDS 520/3.0; GNDS 530/3.0.

GNDS 520/3.0 Directed Special Studies

In consultation with the Head of the Department, students arrange their reading with individual Gender Studies faculty, and are expected to write reports on their readings and to discuss them throughout the term with that faculty supervisor.
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or above and registered in a GNDS Major or Medial or SXGD Plan or permission of the Department.
EXCLUSION No more than 6.0 units from GNDS 510/6.0; GNDS 520/3.0; GNDS 530/3.0.

GNDS 530/3.0 Directed Special Studies

In consultation with the Head of the Department, students arrange their reading with individual Gender Studies faculty, and are expected to write reports on their readings and to discuss them throughout the term with that faculty supervisor.
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or above and registered in a GNDS Major or Medial Plan or SXGD Plan or permission of the Department.
EXCLUSION No more than 6.0 units from GNDS 510/6.0; GNDS 520/3.0; GNDS 530/3.0.