Department of Gender Studies

Department of Gender Studies
Department of Gender Studies


Terrie with graduate students

Core Courses

GNDS 801/3.0 Theories in Gender Studies  Fall 2018 Katherine McKittrick

This interdisciplinary seminar provide a comprehensive overview of contemporary theories in gender studies and in such fields as critical race, feminist, women's, queer or trans studies. The seminar will examine the development  and application of theories as well as debates surrounding them. Readings and discussions will draw from both the social sciences and the humanities. Required of Gender Studies graduate students. GNDS 801 Fall 2018 Course Outline Revised

GNDS 802/3.0 Methodologies in Gender Studies Winter 2019 Margaret Little

This interdisciplinary seminar examines historical and contemporary methodological approaches in gender studies and in such fields as critical race, feminist, women's, queer or trans studies. Readings and discussions emphasize research possibilities that are opened b connecting multiple academic disciplines and diverse local-global perspectives. A goal of the seminar is to understand how researchers can engage in non-oppressive politics of knowledge production and how knowledge can be utilized within processes of social change. Required of Gender Studies graduate students.

GNDS 815/0.0 Proseminar: Professional Development in Gender Studies

Course advances knowledge and skills supporting professional development of gender studies graduate students. Topics include development of teaching, research, scholarship, publishing, and academic and non-academic careers. Includes visiting researcher seminars and training and preparation of funding and employment applications. Graded Pass/Fail.

GNDS 820/3.0 Special Topics in Gender Studies Fall 2018 Jane Tolmie: Creative Emancipation and Applied Theory

Seminars focus on specific topics related to gender studies under the guidance of a faculty member in an area of the instructor’s expertise. The offering of the course depends upon faculty availability. GNDS 820 Fall 2018 Course Outline

GNDS 821/3.0 Special Topics in Gender Studies Winter 2019 Dylan Robinson, Public Art & Sensory Implication

This course will focus on public art, activism and other interventions in public space. We will examine the ways in which public art implicates viewers in a politics of accountability through its sensory, material and affective impact. How do public art’s forms, materiality and modes of address act as strategies of sensory interpellation? We will draw upon theories that assert the fundamentally political nature of aesthetics in order to question the roles that alienation and enchantment (amongst other affective registers) play in the sensory experience of public work. Areas of specific focus will include sound art, forms of gathering/discursive space, and examining how public space and normative histories of place are interrogated from Indigenous, Black, queer, and feminist perspectives.  Please contact Dylan Robinson for permission to take this course.

GNDS 903/3.0 Applications of Gender Studies Winter 2019 Scott Morgensen

Examines critical theories of applications of gender studies research within work for social change. Themes include power in research and representation, researcher responsibilities, academic and nonacademic research, research careers, and community-based research. Students plan applications of original research, and evaluate plans by utilizing critical theories of application.

GNDS 950/3.0 PhD Practicum Fall 2019

A student and PhD supervisor design a course of research with partners at a site of application of the doctoral research project. Students examine scholarship on practica and research applications that are relevant to the research topic and site, and develop new knowledge in collaboration with research partners. The practicum design must align with the program degree learning expectations.

Elective Courses (offered when faculty resources exist)

GNDS 831/3.0 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. EXCLUSION: GNDS-401

GNDS 832/3.0 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 antipoverty organizing. EXCLUSION: GNDS-421

GNDS 833/3.0 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). EXCLUSION: GNDS-427

GNDS 834/3.0 Gender Performance

This 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. EXCLUSION: GNDS-428

GNDS 835/3.0 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. EXCLUSION: GNDS-432

GNDS 836/3.0 Feminist and Queer Ethnography

Examines the critical theories, methods, and products of feminist ethnography and queer ethnography, which we approach as unique subfields, areas of inquiry, genres of writing,and ethical methods within research and social life. Topics include historical formations of ethnography and of anti-colonial and anti-racist ethnographic criticism; adaptations of ethnography to trans, queer, and feminist work; and ethnography’s theoretical and methodological importance to gender studies. EXCLUSION: GNDS-445

GNDS 840/3.0 and 841/3.0 Directed Reading (offered Fall 2018 and Winter 2019)

Under the supervision of an individual faculty member, MA students may conduct intensive reading in a research area not offered in core or elective courses. Readings are to be arranged in consultation with the faculty supervisor, and accompanied by meetings during the term to discuss reading and submission of written assignments. (This course will be offered when faculty resources are available.)

GNDS 850/3.0 MA Practicum: Engaging Feminist Activism (Offered Fall 2018 and Winter 2019)

Under the supervision of an individual faculty member, MA students may design a course of study on a topic related to community engagement and activism while simultaneously being placed in community-based and/or activist work. Students will analyse interdisciplinary and feminist approaches to community-based and activist knowledge, including knowledge presented by their practicum partners, and then integrate this knowledge and their accountable relationship with their partners into the MA project. (This course will be offered when faculty resources are available.)

GNDS 898/3.0 Major Research Paper

 An intensive required written project based on student’s own research questions, which is comprised of two major components: either two chapters of a single coherent work, or a two-part portfolio. Students must complete Gender Studies 801/3.0, Gender Studies 802/3.0, and four elective courses in Gender Studies or in any other department to enrol in GNDS 898.

GNDS 899/ Master's Thesis Research

An intensive required written project based on student’s own research questions, which is comprised of a number of chapters that form a single coherent work. Students must complete Gender Studies 801/3.0 and two elective courses in Gender Studies or another department to enroll in GNDS 899.

Other Information

Advanced Undergraduate Seminars in Gender Studies

Graduate students may ask instructors of advanced undergraduate seminars in Gender Studies (400-series courses) for permission to participate by enrolling in a parallel graduate Directed Reading (GNDS 840/841). While the precise workload graduate students must complete in such courses is determined by the instructor, generally it entails attendance at all seminar meetings and completion of additional coursework equivalent to a graduate seminar.

400-series courses offered in 2018-19:

  • GNDS 401 Debates on Feminism and Islam (Fall 2018) Habibe Burcu Baba
  • GNDS 410 Special Topics: Transnational Theories of Race, Gender and Sexuality (Winter 2019) Sarita Srivastava
  • GNDS 432 Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Politics (Winter 2019) Elizabeth Brulé

Limit on Directed Readings

MA students may take a maximum of two Gender Studies Directed Readings (numbered GNDS 840 and GNDS 841) while completing their degrees. 

Graduate Courses in Other Departments

MA students are invited to research the titles, descriptions and term offerings of graduate courses in other departments at Queen’s University. Neither the university nor the Faculty of Arts and Sciences publishes a master list of graduate courses, so students should independently investigate offerings from departments of interest.

To request a seat in a graduate course in another department, contact the course instructor and request a meeting or a discussion over email to determine whether the course will inform your MA research project. Instructor permission is required before you may enroll in any course in another department.