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WMST100 - Introduction to Women's Studies
This survey course will introduce students to Women's Studies as an interdisciplinary field. A wide range of issues, some of which are controversial, will be explored from historical, political, and societal perspectives and through a variety of media.


Credits: 3

Hours: 45

Total Weeks:15

This course is offered online
: Yes (Depending on semester schedules, this course may be available online. Please consult the Academic Timetables.)

Pre-Requisites: None

Course Content:
Women’s Studies 100 offers a progressive examination of the position of women in Canadian society. The course will introduce students to Women’s Studies as an interdisciplinary field in which issues are explored from historical, political and sociological perspectives.

We will begin by considering western feminist ideas and action from the Enlightenment to the second wave as the foundation for modern feminist issues. We will then examine themes of contemporary importance to Canadian women, including sexuality and the body, paid and unpaid labour, race and class, violence towards women, globalization, and women and culture. Throughout the term we will also consider application to these themes by the major theoretical schools of feminist thought, including liberal, socialist, Marxist, radical, global and post-modern feminisms.

Learning Outcomes:
WMST 100 should help students attain the necessary skills to read and to write about gender issues in an academic manner and to pique interest in women’s history and the politics of gender in today’s society. By the end of WMST 100 students should be able to:

- Explain the significance of Enlightenment feminism and the progress of liberal feminism to the twenty-first century
- Trace the development of first-wave feminism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in Canada, including the woman’s suffrage movement
- Describe the historical struggles of women, including second-wave activism, in the areas of property rights, education, and workplace legislation
- Explain the relations between gender, race, disability and class in Canadian society
- Apply the theories of the major theoretical schools of feminist thought to social issues, including the politics of women’s sexuality, the workplace (both paid and unpaid), motherhood, violence against women, women and aging, gender socialization, and globalization
- Deliniate the debate between social determinists and genetic determinists as it applies to gender identity (nature vs. nurture debate).

Passing Grade: D (50%)

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 20 %
Assignments: 80 %

Course Offered in Other Programs: Yes (Academic, Associate of Arts Degree, Associate of Arts - Criminology Specialization, Academic AHCOTE, Academic Humanities, Academic Social Sciences)

Textbooks: Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.

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