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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
April 19, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Special Topics courses for 2013-14

Special Topics for 2013-14

WS301h - Fall term, instructor TBA

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