Department of Gender Studies

Department of Gender Studies
Department of Gender Studies

Undergraduate Courses


Courses Offered in 2019-20

Fall 2019 & Winter 2020 Course Timetable (PDF, 154 KB)


GNDS Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses
GNDS 120/3.0: Women, Gender, Difference (Fall)

Course Outline

Instructor: Melissa Houghtaling

Description: 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 Arts and Science Online. Learning Hours may vary.

Learning Hours: 120 (24L;12T; 84P)

GNDS 120/3.0: Women, Gender, Difference (ONLINE, Winter)

Course Outline

Instructor: Nancy Butler

Description: 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.

GNDS 125/3.0 Gender, Race and Popular Culture (Winter)

Course Outline

Instructor: burcu baba

Description: 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 Arts and Science Online. Learning Hours may vary.

Learning Hours: 120 (24L;12T; 84P)

GNDS 125/3.0 Gender, Race and Popular Culture (ONLINE, Fall)

Course Outline

Instructor: Elizabeth Brulé

Description: Explores popular culture from feminist and anti-racist perspectives, with attention to sexuality, gender, race and nation in a variety of media.

200 Level Courses
GNDS 211/3.0 Feminist Histories (Not offered in 2019-20)

Description: 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.

Learning Hours: 120 (36L;84P)

Prerequisite: Level 2 or permission of the Department

GNDS 212/3.0 Racism, Colonialism and Resistance (Fall)

Course Outline

Instructor: Elizabeth Brulé

Description: 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 (Winter)

Course Outline

Instructor: Melissa Houghtaling

Description: 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 Arts and Science Online. Learning Hours may vary.

Note: Also offered at the Bader International Study Centre. Learning Hours may vary.

Learning Hours: 120 (24L;12T;84P)

Prerequisite: Level 2 or permission of the Department

GNDS 215/3.0 Introduction to Sexual and Gender Diversity (ONLINE, Fall)

Course Outline

Instructor: Melissa Houghtaling

Description: 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 at the Bader International Study Centre. Learning Hours may vary.

GNDS 280/3.0 Special Topics in Gender Studies: Gender and Health (Winter)

Course Outline

Instructor: Karen Lawford

Description: In this course, students will be guided through broad themes related to Indigenous meanings of health and gender using a variety of media: peer-reviewed journal articles, blogs, motion pictures, video files, and audio files. Themes include gender, sex, sexuality, Two Spiritedness, health, wellness, relationality, community, kinship, and Indigenous erotica. Readings, watchings, and listenings will be largely grounded in the contributions of Indigenous authors in Canada. Students are encouraged to bring the perspectives of other Indigenous scholarships to the classroom.

Learning Hours: 120 (36L;84P)

Prerequisite: Level 2 or permission of the Department

Offered when faculty resources permit, Special Topic 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. Students are able to take multiple Special Topics courses of the same course code (i.e., GNDS 280, 380, 480), provided it is a different topic than the one(s) previously taken.

GNDS 295/3.0 Comics and Politics (Not offered in 2019-20)

Description: The course explores historical and contemporary comics, graphic novels, and sequential art in connection with debates surrounding race, class, nation, sexual and gender diversity. Topics include documentary, war, trauma, transgender studies, memory, heroism, capitalism, humour, feminist thought, medical humanities, digital culture, and satire.

Learning Hours: 120 (36L;84P)

Prerequisite: Level 2 or permission of the Department

Exclusion(s): GNDS 280-004 (2017-2018)

300 Level Courses
GNDS 311/3.0 Feminist Thought (Fall)

Course Outline

Instructor: Sarita Srivastava

Description: 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 and GNDS 120/3.0 or GNDS 125/3.0

GNDS 312/3.0 Black Feminisms (Fall)

Course Outline

Instructor: Katherine McKittrick

Description: 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 (Not offered in 2019-20)

Description: 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.

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 (Not offered in 2019-20)

Description: 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 (Not offered in 2019-20)

Description: 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 (Not offered in 2019-20)

Description: 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 (Winter)

Course Outline

Instructor: Grace Adeniyi-Ogunyankin

Description: 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 (Fall)

Course Outline

Instructor: Jane Tolmie

Description: 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 (Not offered in 2019-20)

Description: 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 (Winter)

Course Outline

Instructor: Nancy Butler

Description: 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 (Not offered in 2019-20)

Description: 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.

Note: Also offered at the Bader International Study Centre

Learning Hours: 120 (36L;84P)

Prerequisite: Level 3 or permission of the Department

GNDS 351/3.0 Gender, Dress and Fashion (Not offered in 2019-20)

Description: 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 (Not offered in 2019-20)

Description: 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 handcrafted.

Learning Hours: 120 (36L;84P)

Prerequisite: Level 3 or permission of the Department

GNDS 360/3.0 Masculinities: Cross Cultural Perspectives (Not offered in 2019-20)

Description: 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 (Not offered in 2019-20)

Description: 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 (Winter)

Course Outline

Instructor: Trish Salah

Description: 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 (Winter)

Course Outline

Instructor: Sarita Srivastava

Description: 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: Decolonizing Gender, Sex and Sexuality (Fall)

Course Outline

Instructor: Karen Lawford

Description: An exploration of the effects of colonialism in unbalancing Indigenous Peoples lives through the imposition of constructions of gender, sex, and sexuality, and the ways that Indigenous peoples are working to restore balance to themselves, their kin, and their communities.

Learning Hours: 120 (36L;84P)

Prerequisite: Level 3 or permission of the Department

Offered when faculty resources permit, Special Topic 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. Students are able to take multiple Special Topics courses of the same course code (i.e., GNDS 280, 380, 480), provided it is a different topic than the one(s) previously taken.

GNDS 380/3.0 Special Topics in Gender Studies: Indigenous Resurgence and the Politics of Anti-racist, Feminist, Crip and Queer Solidarity Work (Winter)

Course Outline

Instructor: Elizabeth Brulé

Description: In this active learning course students will explore how an analysis of spaces of power and resistance can be used to link social relations of ruling with Indigenous land dispossession, environmental degradation, anti-black racism, transphobia and homophobia, and the perpetuation of white settler colonial patriarchy. Such an examination will also facilitate the building of allyship that seeks to establish accountability, solidarity, and relationality between Indigenous peoples, racialized peoples, feminists, queer activists and settler allies working toward decolonization and social change both locally and transnationally. Our objective will be to examine how activist advocacy practices and place-based social struggles can shed light on the interconnected ways that organize our work toward social justice resistance.

Learning Hours: 120 (36L;84P)

Prerequisite: Level 3 or permission of the Department

Offered when faculty resources permit, Special Topic 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. Students are able to take multiple Special Topics courses of the same course code (i.e., GNDS 280, 380, 480), provided it is a different topic than the one(s) previously taken.

400 and 500 Level Courses
GNDS 401/3.0 Debates on Feminism and Islam (Not offered in 2019-20)

Description: 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: 120 (36S;84P)

Prerequisite: Level 3 or above in a GNDS Major or Medial or SXGD Plan, or permission of the Department

GNDS 412/3.0 Seminar in Sexual and Gender Diversity: Transfeminist Perspectives on Sexual Politics and Aesthetics (Winter)

Course Outline

Instructor: Trish Salah

Description: This is an advanced Seminar in Sexual and Gender Diversity is focused on transfeminist theory and practice, with particular attention to transfeminist perspectives on sexual politics and aesthetics. In this course we will explore the development of transfeminist thought, trans of colour critique and poetics, and transsexual sex worker critique. In doing so we will draw upon literary theory, sociology, psychoanalysis, and feminist cultural studies, among other approaches. In addition to reading and discussing transfeminist theoretical texts, we will study and discuss literary and cultural texts by transfeminist authors, as well as learn to apply a transfeminist critical lens to read a wide range of media, cultural and literary texts.

Learning Hours: 120 (36S;84P)

Prerequisite: Level 3 or above in a GNDS Major or Medial or SXGD Plan, or permission of the Department

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. Students are able to take multiple GNDS 412 Seminars in Sexual and Gender Diversity courses, provided it is a different topic than the one(s) previously taken.

GNDS 421/3.0 Gender and Poverty (Not offered in 2019-20)

Description: 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: 120 (36S;84P)

Prerequisite: Level 3 or above in a GNDS Major or Medial or SXGD Plan, or permission of the Department

Exclusions: POLS 318/3.0; POLS 382/3.0

GNDS 427/3.0 Towards the Human: Race and the Politics of Expression (Fall)

Course Outline

Instructor: Katherine McKittrick

Description: 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.

Learning Hours: 120 (36S;84P)

Prerequisite: Level 3 or above in a GNDS Major or Medial or SXGD Plan, or permission of the Department

GNDS 428/3.0 Gender Performance (Winter)

Course Outline

Instructor: Jane Tolmie

Description: 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.

Learning Hours: 120 (36S;84P)

Prerequisite: Level 3 or above in a GNDS Major or Medial or SXGD Plan, or permission of the Department

GNDS 432/3.0 Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Politics (Not offered in 2019-20)

Description: 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: 120 (36S;84P)

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 (Not offered in 2019-20)

Description: 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: 120 (36S;84P)

Prerequisite: Level 3 or above in a GNDS Major or Medial or SXGD Plan, or permission of the Department

GNDS 445/3.0 Feminist and Queer Ethnography (Fall)

Course Outline

Instructor: Scott Morgensen

Description: 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: 120 (12L;24S;36G;48P)

Prerequisite: Level 3 or above in a GNDS Major or Medial or SXGD Plan, or permission of the Department

GNDS 480/3.0 Special Topics in Gender Studies: Kinship & Indigenous Relations (Winter)

Course Outline

Instructor: Karen Lawson

Description: This seminar will apply ideas of relationality through an examination of literature and through hands-on beadworking for the purposes of mediating relationality through a tactile application of an Indigenous cultural practice.

Learning Hours: 120 (36S;84P)

Prerequisite: Level 3 or above in a GNDS Major or Medial or SXGD Plan, or permission of the Department

Offered when faculty resources permit, Special Topic 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. Students are able to take multiple Special Topics courses of the same course code (i.e., GNDS 280, 380, 480), provided it is a different topic than the one(s) previously taken.

GNDS 510/6.0 Directed Special Studies

Description: 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.

Learning Hours: 240 (15L;225P)

Prerequisite: Level 3 or above in a GNDS Major or Medial or SXGD Plan, or permission of the Department

Exclusions: GNDS 520/3.0; GNDS 530/3.0

GNDS 520/3.0 Directed Special Studies

Description: 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.

Learning Hours: 120 (9L;111P)

Prerequisite: Level 3 or above in a GNDS Major or Medial or SXGD Plan, or permission of the Department

Exclusions: GNDS 510/6.0; GNDS 530/3.0

GNDS 530/3.0 Directed Special Studies

Description: 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.

Learning Hours: 120 (9L;111P)

Prerequisite: Level 3 or above in a GNDS Major or Medial or SXGD Plan, or permission of the Department

Exclusions: GNDS 510/6.0; GNDS 520/3.0


GNDS Cross-Listed Courses

Courses from the following list may be counted towards a GNDS plan, up to a limit of 24.0 units for the Major, 12.0 units for the Medial, and 18.0 for the Minor and General.

Cross-Listed Course Options

ARTH 310 Feminism, Art, Art History
ARTH 311 Gender and Modernism
BIOL 369 Biology of Sex
BISC 101 Acting Globally - 2014-15 onwards
DEVS 305 Cuban Culture and Society
DRAM 375 Women and Theatre
ECON 262 Labour Markets and Gender Differences
ENGL 222 Selected Women Writers I
ENGL 223 Selected Women Writers II
ENGL 277 Literature and Gender
ENSC 321 Environmental Justice in Global Context
ENSC 420 Gender and Environment
FILM 331 Women and Film
FREN 390 Genre et Littérature
GPHY 352 Gender and the City
HIST 210 The History of Sexuality in Canada
HIST 280 Gender in North American History
HIST 281 Gender in History: A European Perspective
HIST 446 Gender, Sexuality and Race in South Asia
HIST 447 Sex and the History of Medicine
HIST 464 The History of Sexuality
HIST 465 Topics in Women's History
IDIS 302 Race and Racism
INTS 321 Urban Images: Race, Gender and Sexuality
LAW 516 Law and Sexuality
LAW 533 Law and Gender Equality
LLCU 244 Hips Don't Lie? Music and Culture in Latin America
LLCU 326 Film in the New Europe
LLCU 328 Gender, Development and Film in Latin America
LLCU 330 Cervantes I: Earlier Works
LLCU 331 Cervantes II: Later Works
LLCU 333 Acting Out: Sexual and Gender Subversion in Baroque Theatre
LLCU 354 Women's Voices in Latin America
MECH 333 Gender, Engineering and Technology
MUSC 286 Women, Gender and Music
MUTH 201 Sex and Violence in Performance (online only)
PHIL 275 Thinking Gender, Sex and Love
PHIL 276 Critical Perspectives on Social Diversity
PHIL 376 Philosophy and Feminism
PHIL 454 Topics in Feminist Philosophy
POLS 280 Introduction to Women, Gender and Politics
POLS 318 The Canadian Welfare State
POLS 352 Women and the History of Political Thought
POLS 382 Gender and Social Policy
POLS 443 Gender and Globalization
POLS 456 Theories of Identity Politics
POLS 483 Justice and Gender
RELS 236 Religion and Sex
RELS 312 Christian Feminist Theology
SOCY 303 Selected Topics in Feminist Sociology (2016-17 Sociology of Professions)
SOCY 384 Women and Reproductive Technology
SOCY 389 Gender, Law and Crime
SOCY 403 Sociology of the Body
SOCY 431 Advanced Studies in Gender Relations
SPAN 354 Cultura femenina latinoamericana
SPAN 428 Gender, Development and Film in Latin America