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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
September 17, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Special Topics courses for 2014-15

The following courses will be offered in 2014-15:

WS301h Women, Reproductive Health Policy and Reproductive Justice - Dr. K. Stote

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 whenever possible, the focus is on a Canadian context.

WS301j Women and Environmental (In)Justice - Dr. K. Stote

This interdisciplinary course examines the history and contemporary politics of environmental racism from different feminist perspectives, and whenever possible, within a Canadian context. We consider the disproportionate environmental burdens faced by women and Indigenous communities, 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?

WS301k Feminism, Indigenous Women and Politics of Decolonization - Dr. K. Stote

This interdisciplinary course examines the relationship between western feminism and Indigenous women in Canada since colonization. In what ways have western forms of feminism failed to address the concerns of Indigenous women and sometimes worked to reinforce colonial relations? We consider how Indigenous scholars, activists, and allied feminists have engaged with and challenged feminist theories and politics in an effort to achieve decolonization. What are Indigenous critiques of feminism? How might feminism become a tool of decolonization?

WS490g Gender Culture & Islam - Dr. S. Khan

In this course the students will be encouraged to question ideas which suggest that women are either oppressed or liberated by Islam. Instead readings will explore the complex historical, social, political and economic arrangements which help determine the choices which Muslim women make and identify the forms of agency they exercise.