For a list of all WS courses and WS Approved courses, visit WS in the 2013-14 Calendar.
For a list of all WS courses being offered in a particular term, visit https://telaris.wlu.ca/ssb_prod/twbkwbis.P_ValLogin
Note: Students are advised that many of the courses in the program have prerequisites, and are encouraged to consult with the Program Coordinator when selecting courses. Please consult the appropriate undergraduate calendar for degree requirements and course descriptions for WS courses and WS approved courses. (Note when you click on link, you need to scroll down to see the information.)
The requirement for a course to be considered an "Approved Course" is that at least 50% of the reading material assigned in the course is connected to women's studies/gender studies subject matter, and that the student is permitted to write assignments from a feminist perspective. Please contact the coordinator if you are taking a course or have taken a course that meets this requirement and wish to have it considered as an approved
Course Outlines for Fall 2013
This interdisciplinary course examines the history and contemporary politics of environmental racism from different feminist perspectives.We consider the disproportionate environmental burdens faced by women and Indigenous communities locally and globally, and their leading role in the struggle for environmental justice. How and why are environmental issues experienced differently according to race, gender and class? How have different communities responded to environmental injustices? How is environmental justice related to reproductive justice, social justice, and justice for Indigenous peoples?
Special Topics courses for 2013-14
Women, Reproductive Health Policy, and Reproductive Justice
This interdisciplinary course examines the history and contemporary politics of reproductive health policy within a reproductive justice framework as informed by feminist theories, perspectives, and activism. We consider how issues of sexuality, gender, race, class, and disability, or experiences of systemic violence and environmental racism affect our degree of reproductive justice. Particular attention is paid to the experiences of indigenous women and although references are made to reproductive issues internationally, whenever possible the focus is on a Canadian context.
WS290 - Winter 2014 term: Special Topics - Indigenous Women in Canada
This course considers the position and role of women in Indigenous societies in Canada and the impact colonial policies and practices have had on these societies. It examines the unique oppression that Indigenous women in Canada have experienced, the reasons for it, their responses to it, and the roles they continue to play in their own struggles for liberation and in those of their peoples. The lives and voices of prominent First Nations and Metis women are considered, as well as the development of Aboriginal women's organizations and Indigenous theory in a Canadian context. We also consider the influences and failures of feminism for Indigenous struggles and potentials for solidarity and alliance building
WS490 Queerness and the Global City