Women's and Gender Studies

Graduate Courses

The following is a list of all available graduate courses for the MA in Gender and Social Justice Studies program.  For current year course offerings, visit this page.  Graduate courses offered by other departments may be taken with the consent of the Graduate Coordinator.

Click the '+' to see the course description and other details.
* denotes a Special Topics course. 

Regularly Scheduled Gender and Social Justice Studies Courses

  • GSJ 501: Praxis Workshop

    In addition to attendance at the Feminist Research Speakers Series, students will explore feminist approaches to Community Service-Learning and complete 20 hours of CSL work:


    As part of the mandatory Praxis Workshop in the Fall Term, students will complete 20 hours in a community placement with non-profit organizations ranging from women’s shelters, to literary magazines, to centres for new Canadians. The Praxis Workshop enables students to critically interrogate the relationship between social justice theory and practice, to understand the relationship between volunteerism, engaged citizenship, and knowledge production for social change.

     

    Units: *3.00

    Term: Fall Term only
    Hours: 0-3s-0
    Note: mandatory for course- and thesis-based MA programs

  • GSJ 502: Research Workshop

    In addition to attendance at the Feminist Research Speakers Series, students will examine interdisciplinary approaches to feminist scholarship, and prepare and develop their thesis or research project proposals.

     

    Units: *3.00

    Term: Winter Term only
    Hours: 0-3s-0
    Note: mandatory for course- and thesis-based MA programs

  • GSJ 503: Approaches to Gender and Social Justice Studies

    An examination of interdisciplinary approaches to feminist scholarship with an emphasis on critical analysis and knowledge production for social justice.

     

    Units: *3.00
    Term: either
    Hours: 0-3s-0

  • GSJ 504: Feminist Cultural Studies

    Examines gender as a category of analysis in contemporary cultural theory in order to examine how gendered subjects are produced and regulated through every day cultural practices.

     

    Units: *3.00
    Term: either
    Hours: 0-3s-0

  • GSJ 505: Gendering Development

    Examines the intersection of gender and the developmental process with particular emphasis on feminist discourses of development history, theory and practice.

     

    Units: *3.00

    Term: either
    Hours: 0-3s-0

  • GSJ 506: Feminist Legal Studies

    An advanced examination of feminist legal theories and strategies with an emphasis on the contemporary North American and British context. Topics will vary.

     

    Units: *3.00

    Term: either
    Hours: 0-3s-0

  • * GSJ 507: Feminist Theory Now

    Examines current preoccupations within feminist theory. Topics and geographical focus will vary; see Current Course Offerings page for details on currently available special topics courses.

     

    Units: *3.00

    Term: either
    Hours: 0-3s-0

  • GSJ 508: Feminist Historiography

    Examines contemporary and historical approaches to writing feminist histories of a variety of regions and time periods.

     

    Units: *3.00

    Term: either
    Hours: 0-3s-0

  • GSJ 520: Law and Feminism in Canada

    A focus on the fundamentally contradictory role of law for women in Canada, building on the insights offered by feminist cross-disciplinary legal scholarship.

     

    Units: *3.00

    Term: either
    Hours: 0-3s-0

    Note: Not open to students with credit in WGS 420

  • GSJ 531: Feminism and Sexual Assault

    Interdisciplinary consideration of conceptual, political, and legal strategies that feminists have deployed to confront sexual coercion with an emphasis on the contemporary North American context.

     

    Units: *3.00

    Term: either
    Hours: 0-3s-0
    Note: Not open to students with credit in WGS 431

  • GSJ 540: Body Politics

    An examination of contemporary theoretical approaches to bodies and embodiment, with particular emphasis on the ways that race, class, sexuality, gender, and (dis)ability shape bodily experiences.

     

    Units: *3.00

    Term: either
    Hours: 0-3s-0

    Note: Not open to students with credit in WGS 440

  • GSJ 555: Feminism and Religion

    Ways in which women and pro-feminist men have constructed religious ideologies that are supportive of women’s power and agency.

     

    Units: *3.00

    Term: either
    Hours: 0-3s-0
    Note: Not open for students with credit in WGS 455

  • GSJ 560: Masculinities

    This course surveys the status of masculinity and the emergence of contemporary masculinity studies within, alongside and, at times, against feminism and women's studies.

     

    Units: *3.00

    Term: either
    Hours: 0-3s-0
    Note: Not open to students with credit in WGS 460

  • * GSJ 570: Sexualities

    This special topics course offers advanced examination of selected issues in sexuality studies.  See Current Course Offerings page for details on currently available special topics courses. 

     

    Units: *3.00

    Term: either
    Hours: 0-3s-0
    Note: Not open to students with credit in WGS 470

  • * GSJ 598: Topics in Gender and Social Justice Studies

    Special topics will vary.  See Current Course Offerings page for details on currently available special topics courses.

     

    Units: *3.00
    Term: either
    Hours: 0-3s-0

  • * GSJ 599: Special Topics in Feminist Theory

    This special topics course offers advanced study of selected issues in current feminist theorizing.  See Current Course Offerings page for details on currently available special topics courses.

     

    Units: *3.00
    Term: either
    Hours: 0-3s-0
    Note: Not open to students with credit in WGS 499

  • GSJ 900: Directed Research Project

    Directed Research course.  Includes capping project: a portfolio/synthesizing document that highlights students' learning in the program and that will include a major research paper; a field statement; a creative project; or a policy, program, or legal analysis.

     

    Units: *3.00

    Term: variable, unassigned
    Hours: 0-3s-0
    Note: mandatory for course-based MA program


Special Registration Graduate Courses

Students are strongly encouraged to register in regularly scheduled courses. Consent to take GSJ 500 will be given only in exceptional circumstances. To find out more about independent study courses, please contact the Graduate Coordinator.  Forms for special registration courses are available here.

 

  • GSJ 500: Directed Readings in Gender and Social Justice Studies

    A small-group study course pursued by Gender and Social Justice Studies MA students under the supervision of a Women’s and Gender Studies faculty member.

     

    Units: *3.00

    Term: either
    Hours: 0-3s-0

    Note: Department consent required; closed to web registration

  • WGS 500: Directed Readings in Women's & Gender Studies

    An individual study course pursued by a student in any graduate program (other than Gender & Social Justice) under the supervision of a Women’s and Gender Studies faculty member.


    Units:
    *3.00

    Term: either
    Hours: 0-3s-0

    Note:  Department consent required; closed to web registration