WGS - Women's and Gender Studies

Offered By:
Faculty of Arts

Below are the courses available from the WGS subject code. Select a course to view the available classes, additional class notes, class times, and textbooks.

WGS 101 - Representations of Girls and Women View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 2-1S-0)

An exploration of the impact that cultural representations of femininity have on the political, economic, and social lives of girls and women throughout the world.


WGS 102 - Gender and Social Justice View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 2-1S-0)

Examines social and cultural constructions of gender, sexuality, race, class, and disability as well as visions for social justice.


WGS 220 - Feminism and Popular Culture View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Selected cultural forms in Canadian and American society from feminist perspectives. The focus is both on developing a feminist critique of cultural representations of women, and on considering the possibilities of feminist intervention in and production of popular culture. Note: Not open to students with credit in W ST 320 or WGS 320.


WGS 240 - Feminism and Food View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Introduction to food justice and feminist food politics. Note: Not open to students with credit in W ST 340 or WGS 340.


WGS 244 - Disability Studies View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Introduction to social and cultural models of disability, with an emphasis on intersections of disability with race, class, gender, and sexuality.


WGS 250 - Gender and Science View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Interdisciplinary exploration of gender and science, with an emphasis on intersections of gender, race, sexuality, and politics in historical and contemporary scientific practices. Note: Not open to students with credit in W ST 350 or WGS 350.


WGS 255 - Gender and Sexuality in World and Indigenous Religions View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Historical and contemporary survey of ideas about, and practices relating to, gender and sexuality in world and indigenous religions.


WGS 260 - Women and War View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Introduction to how women experience political conflicts, either in contemporary or historical contexts, focusing on how violence, access to resources, public decision-making, and social security impact women during and after conflict.


WGS 270 - Feminism and Sexualities View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Approaches to, and key debates about, sexuality. Topics may include: sexology; critiques of heterosexuality; political lesbianism; queer theory; transgender and intersexuality; prostitution and sex work. Note: Not open students with credit in W ST 370 or WGS 370


WGS 280 - Indigenous Women, Autobiography, and Life Writing View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Explores the ways in which Indigenous women have resisted colonial constructions of race and gender through autobiographical expressions and life writing. Includes study of memoirs, journals, confessions, diaries, personal essays, oral histories, and visual art.


WGS 298 - Critical Issues View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

This course offers an introduction to select issues in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary.


WGS 301 - History of Feminist Thought View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Historical study of selected feminist writers and activists. Emphasis is on European and North American feminist thought up to the mid twentieth century. Prerequisite: Any 100 or 200 level WGS or W ST course, or departmental consent.


WGS 302 - Feminist Research and Methodologies View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Exploration of feminist modes of research inquiry, feminist ethics in research, and critiques of traditional disciplinary approaches to research. Students will develop an understanding of theoretical issues involved in feminist research and will gain practical research skills. Prerequisite: Any 100 or 200 level WSG or W ST course, or departmental consent.


WGS 310 - Gender and Social Justice in Contemporary Africa View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

The lives of men and women in contemporary Africa, focusing on their experiences in the family, school, paid work, and the market, and on such development issues as health, environment, and human rights. Prerequisite: Any 100 or 200 level WGS or W ST course, or consent of department.


WGS 315 - Histories of Gender View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Introduction to a range of practices and ideas concerning women, gender, and kinship that characterized societies and cultures around the globe before the twentieth century. Prerequisite: Any 100 or 200 level WGS or W ST course, or consent of department.


WGS 321 - Feminism and Film View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-3)

Feminist analysis of gender, sexuality, ability, race/ethnicity, and class/status in film. Content will vary in terms of genre, production, and language. Prerequisite: Any 100 or 200 level WGS or WST course, or consent of department.


WGS 332 - Contemporary Feminist Theory View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

The origins and evolution of various schools of contemporary western feminist thought. Not available to students with credit in PHIL 332. Prerequisite: Any 100 or 200 level WGS or W ST course, or consent of department.


WGS 360 - Race, Class, and Gender View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Historical, contemporary and comparative perspectives on the interaction of race, class, and gender experiences. Prerequisite: Any 100 or 200 level WGS or W ST course, or consent of department.


WGS 365 - Gender, Conflict and Peace Building View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

The analysis of gender in international relations, drawing from literature on conflict and post conflict relations. Prerequisite: Any 100 or 200 level WGS or W ST course, or consent of Department.


WGS 380 - Canadian Feminist Activisms View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

An examination of contemporary feminist activisms with an emphasis on second- and third-wave feminisms. This course may be offered as a Community Service Learning course. Prerequisite: Any 100 or 200 level WGS or W ST course, or consent of department.


WGS 390 - Environmental Feminisms and Social Justice View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Addresses issues of environmental racism, sexism, and ableism, feminist approaches to environmental ethics, and social justice responses to climate change. Prerequisite: Any 100 or 200 level WGS or W ST course, or consent of department.


WGS 401 - Directed Readings in Women's and Gender Studies View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Open only to Women's and Gender Studies honors, majors and minors. Normally may be taken only once. Prerequisite: Any 100 or 200 level WGS or W ST course, or consent of department.


WGS 402A - Honors Seminar and Project View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 12)(TWO TERM, 0-3S-0)

Prerequisite: WGS 302.


WGS 402B - Honors Seminar and Project View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 12)(TWO TERM, 0-3S-0)

Prerequisite: WGS 302.


WGS 420 - Law and Feminism in Canada View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

A focus on the fundamentally contradictory role of law for women in Canada, building upon role of insights offered by feminist cross-disciplinary legal scholarship. Prerequisite: Any 100 or 200 level WSG or W ST course, or departmental consent.


WGS 431 - Feminism and Sexual Assault View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Interdisciplinary consideration of conceptual, political and legal strategies that feminists have deployed to confront sexual coercion with an emphasis on contemporary North American context. Prerequisite: Any 100 or 200 level WSG or W ST course, or departmental consent.


WGS 440 - Body Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

An examination of contemporary theoretical approaches to bodies and embodiment, with particular emphasis on the ways that race, class, sexuality, gender, and (dis)ability shape bodily experience. Prerequisite: Any 100 or 200 level WGS or W ST course, or consent of department.


WGS 455 - Religion, Spirituality, and Social Justice View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Ways in which adherents of world (Eastern and Western), indigenous, and neo-pagan religious systems have advocated for social justice. Note: Not open to students with credit in WGS 355 or W ST 355. Prerequisite: Any 100 or 200 level WGS or W ST course, or consent of department.


WGS 460 - Masculinities View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

This course surveys the status of masculinity and the emergence of contemporary masculinity studies. Prerequisite: Any 100 or 200 level WGS or W ST course, or consent of department.


WGS 470 - Sexualities: Special Topics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

This course offers advanced examination of selected issues in sexuality studies. Prerequisite: Any 100 or 200 level WGS or W ST course, or consent of department.


WGS 480 - Indigenous Feminisms View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Draws on Indigenous theoretical frameworks, epistemologies, community expertise and knowledge to understand Indigenous women's participation in political movements and land and environmental activism. Students are strongly urged to complete *3 in NS before registering in WGS 4XX. Prerequisite: Any 100 or 200 level WGS or W ST course, or consent of department.


WGS 498 - Special Topics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Prerequisite: Any 100 or 200 level WGS or W ST course, or departmental consent.