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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
May 30, 2015

Canadian Excellence

Course Offerings

For a list of all WS courses and WS Approved courses, visit WS in the 2015-16 calendar.

For a list of all WS courses being offered in a particular term, visit

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 calendarfor 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

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.