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Women and Gender Studies at Laurier

At Laurier, we have designed a program that stresses the need for better understandings of the key role that gender plays in our lives, including how it is linked to other categories such as class, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, age, ability and Indigeneity.

Women and Gender Studies courses go beyond offering a range of skills for analyzing the world; we help you find ways to change it. Social justice and equity issues are emphasized throughout our program and we stress attention to both local and global issues.

Many courses are framed from within a transnational focus, exploring issues extending beyond Canada’s borders. Courses in masculinity studies, Indigeneity and the environment encourage relevant and current issues to be discussed and dissected in the classroom.

Through an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge and a variety of individual, collaborative, oral and written projects, we foster creative thinking. Many students in this program value opportunities provided to discuss and make sense of their everyday lives and experiences.

This program must be completed in combination with another Bachelor of Arts program, enabling you to add new perspectives into another program and vice versa.

Learning Objectives

  • Engage in interdisciplinary approaches to knowledge that allows for both creative synthesis of these various approaches and productive debates within the discipline.
  • Conduct an analysis of gender in relationship to power that recognizes the intersectionality of privilege and oppression rooted in race, class, age, ability, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality and post-coloniality.
  • Locate feminist movements and their histories socially and politically as they pertain to Canada and internationally.
  • Comprehend and be able to apply key research methodologies, including textual and cultural analyses and other types of research.
  • Understand and be able to apply both historical and contemporary theories relevant to feminist scholarship.
  • Be able to use feminist concepts, methodological skills, and theory to understand and analyze both their own lives and the world around them for personal and professional development.
  • Develop self-reflexive understanding of the politics and ethics of knowledge production, including the significance of social and political locations, and to be able to identify the inevitable gaps and partiality of knowledge.
  • Create critical arguments, communicated in a clear and concise manner with particular attention to academic integrity in both oral and written projects, individually and collaboratively.

"At each step of my career, I have found myself making good use of my degree in Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies. One of the reasons I was able to successfully acquire some of these positions was that I had a university degree in a social science field. I look back on my time as student fondly, and feel grateful that I had the opportunity to study Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies at Laurier."

– Kendra Foord


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