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.

* 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 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 501: Social Justice 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 Social Justice 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 Social Justice 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: Gender Research Workshop

Advanced study of interdisciplinary research on gender and feminist scholarship.

Units: *3.00
Term: either
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 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 525 - Data, Power, Feminism

Examines the capacity of data to propose and produce social change. 

Units: *3.00
Term: either
Hours: 0-3s-0
Note: Not open to students with credit in DH 530

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 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