Department of Gender Studies

Department of Gender Studies
Department of Gender Studies

Gender Studies Courses in the 2019-20 Arts and Science Calendar

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Gender Studies and Cross-listed Options Courses for 2019-20 - in new accessible format and revised July 22  Courses pdf

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 Arts and Science Online. Learning Hours may vary.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (24L;12T; 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 Arts and Science Online. Learning Hours may vary.
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.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P)
PREREQUISITE Level 2 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 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 280/3.0 Special Topics in Gender Studies

GNDS 280/3.0 Winter: Gender and Health

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.

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.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P)
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department.

GNDS 295/3.0 Comics and Politics

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)

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 and GNDS 120/3.0 or GNDS 125/3.0.

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.
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.
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

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 handcrafted.
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

GNDS 380/3.0 Fall: Decolonizing Gender, Sex and Sexuality

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.

GNDS 380/3.0 Winter: Indigenous Resurgence and the Politics of Anti-racist, Feminist, Crip and Queer Solidarity Work

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.

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.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P)
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department.

GNDS 401/3.0 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. 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 410/3.0 Special Topics in Gender Studies

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.
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

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.

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.
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 421/3.0 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 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.
EXCLUSION(S) POLS 318/3.0; POLS 382/3.0.

GNDS 427/3.0 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). 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

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

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

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 445/3.0 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 120 (12L;24S;36G;48P)
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or above and registration in a GNDS Major or Medial or SXGD Plan, or permission of the
Department.

GNDS 480/3.0 Special Topics in Gender Studies

GNDS 480/3.0 Winter: Kinship & Indigenous Relations

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.

Offered when faculty resources permit, these courses are analyses of particular areas of gender studies interdisciplinary research.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36S;84P)
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or above and registration 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.
LEARNING HOURS 240 (15I;225P)
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or above and registered in a GNDS Major or Medial or SXGD Plan or permission of the Department.
EXCLUSION(S) 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.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (9I;111P)
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or above and registered in a GNDS Major or Medial or SXGD Plan or permission of the Department.
EXCLUSION(S) GNDS 510/6.0; 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.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (9I;111P)
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or above and registered in a GNDS Major or Medial Plan or SXGD Plan or permission of the
Department.
EXCLUSION(S) GNDS 510/6.0; GNDS 520/3.0