Undergraduate Courses

The following is a list of all available Women's & Gender Studies undergraduate courses, including Special Registration Courses. For current year course offerings, check BearTracks. To see current/upcoming special topics courses, visit this page.

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

WGS 101: Representations of Girls and Women

An exploration of the impact that cultural representations of femininity have on the political, economic, and social lives of girls and women throughout the world.

Units: *3.00
Prerequisite: None

WGS 102: Gender and Social Justice

Examines social and cultural constructions of gender, sexuality, race, class, and disability as well as visions for social justice.

Units: *3.00
Prerequisite: None

WGS 220: Feminism and Popular Culture

This course examines selected cultural forms in Canadian and American society from feminist perspectives. The focus is both on developing a feminist critique of cultural representations of women, and on considering the possibilities of feminist intervention in and production of popular culture.

Units: *3.00
Prerequisite: None
Note: Not open to students with credit in WGS 320 (or W ST 320)

WGS 240: Feminism and Food

Women's material relationships to food from a variety of feminist perspectives.

Units: *3.00
Prerequisite: none
Notes: Not open to students with credit in WGS 340 (or W ST 340)

WGS 244: Disability Studies

Interrogation of the medical model of disability through cultural disability studies, including feminist and queer perspectives. Introduces students to social issues in disability studies, social policy, and social justice.

Units: *3.00
Prerequisite: None

WGS 250: Gender and Science

Interdisciplinary exploration of gender and science, with an emphasis on intersections of gender, race, sexuality, and politics in historical and contemporary scientific practices.

Units: *3.00
Prerequisite: None
Note: Not open to students with credit in WGS 350 (or W ST 350)

WGS 255: Gender and Sexuality in World and Indigenous Religions

Historical and contemporary survey of ideas about, and practices relating to, gender and sexuality in world and indigenous religions.

Units: *3.00
Prerequisite: None

WGS 260: Women and War

Introduction to how women experience political conflicts, either in contemporary or historical contexts, focusing on how violence, access to resources, public decision-making, and social security impact women during and after conflict.

Units: *3.00
Prerequisite: None

WGS 270: Feminism and Sexualities

Approaches to, and key debates about, sexuality. Topics may include sexology; critiques of heterosexuality; political lesbianism; queer theory; transgender and intersexuality; prostitution and sex work.

Units: *3.00
Prerequisite: None
Note: Not open students with credit in WGS 370 (or W ST 370)

WGS 280: Indigenous Women, Autobiography, and Life Writing

Explores the ways in which Indigenous women have resisted colonial constructions of race and gender through autobiographical expressions and life writing. Includes study of memoirs, journals, confessions, diaries, personal essays, oral histories, and visual art.

Units: *3.00
Prerequisite: None
Note: WGS 280 is a Walls To Bridges course conducted inside a federal prison for women. Department consent is required to register in this class. Closed to web registration. Students interested in this class will be required to complete an application and attend an interview. Selected students will need a criminal clearance check and are expected to provide their own transportation to and from the Edmonton Institution for Women (EIFW).

* WGS 298: Critical Issues

This course offers an introduction to select topics in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. See Current Course Offerings page for details on currently available special topics courses.

Units: *3.00
Prerequisite: None
Note: May be repeated for credit

WGS 301: History of Feminist Thought

The development of feminist thought and theories until the mid-20th century, including the contributions of, and tensions among various feminisms.

Units: *3.00
Prerequisite: Any 100- or 200-level WGS (or W ST) course, or Department consent

WGS 302: Feminist Research and Methodologies

Whether there can be and is a distinctive feminist perspective on research in various disciplines; the ways in which taking a feminist perspective or taking account of women in research, affects the research process.

Units: *3.00
Prerequisite: Any 100- or 200-level WGS (or W ST) course, or Department consent

WGS 310: Gender, Development, and Beyond

Study of the lives of men and women in the developing world, focusing on their experiences in the family, school, paid work, and the market, and on such development issues as health, environment, and human rights.

Units: *3.00
Prerequisite: Any 100- or 200-level WGS (or W ST) course, or Department consent

WGS 315: Histories of Gender

Introduction to a range of practices and ideas concerning women, gender, and kinship that characterized societies and cultures around the globe before the twentieth century.

Units: *3.00
Prerequisite: Any 100 of 200 level WGS or W ST course, or consent of department.

WGS 321: Feminism and Film

Feminist analysis of gender, sexuality, ability, race/ethnicity, and class/status in film. Content will vary in terms of genre, production, and language.

Units: *3.00
Prerequisite: Any 100- or 200-level WGS (or W ST) course, or Department consent

WGS 332: Contemporary Feminist Theory

The origins and evolution of various schools of contemporary western feminist thought.

Units: *3.00
Prerequisite: Any 100- or 200-level WGS (or W ST) course, or Department consent
Note: Not open to students with credit in PHIL 332

WGS 360: Race, Class, and Gender

Historical, contemporary and comparative perspectives on the interaction of race, class, and gender experiences.

Units: *3.00
Prerequisite: Any 100- or 200-level WGS (or W ST) course, or Department consent

WGS 365: Gender, Conflict, and Peace Building in International Relations

Introducing students to the analysis of gender in international relations, drawing from literature on conflict and post-conflict relations.

Units: *3.00
Prerequisite: Any 100- or 200-level WGS (or W ST) course, or Department consent

WGS 380: Canadian Feminist Activisms

An examination of contemporary feminist activisms with an emphasis on second- and third-wave feminisms. Topics may include: distinctions between state and grassroots feminist activisms; neoliberalism and governmentality; race and sexuality struggles within feminism; the rise and decline of national feminist organizing; cyberfeminism.

Units: *3.00
Prerequisite: Any 100- or 200-level WGS (or W ST) course, or Department consent
Note: This course may be offered as a Community Service Learning course

WGS 390: Environmental Feminisms and Social Justice

Feminist approaches to environmental ethics and politics.

Units: *3.00
Prerequisite: Any 100- or 200-level WGS (or W ST) course, or Department consent

WGS 420: Law and Feminism in Canada

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

Units: *3.00
Prerequisite: Any 100- or 200-level WGS (or W ST) course, or Department consent

WGS 431: Feminism and Sexual Assault

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

Units: *3.00
Prerequisite: Any 100- or 200-level WGS (or W ST) course, or Department consent

WGS 440: 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 experience.

Units: *3.00
Prerequisite: Any 100- or 200-level WGS (or W ST) course, or Department consent

WGS 455: Religion, Spirituality, and Social Justice

Ways in which adherents of world (Eastern and Western), indigenous, and neo-pagan religious systems have advocated for social justice. Note: Not open to students with credit in WGS 355 or W ST 355.

Units: *3.00
Prerequisite: Any 100 or 200 level WGS or W ST course, or consent of department.

WGS 460: Masculinities

This course surveys the status of masculinity and the emergence of contemporary masculinity studies.

Units: *3.00
Prerequisite: Any 100- or 200-level WGS (or W ST) course, or Department consent

* WGS 470: Sexualities

This 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
Prerequisite: Any 100- or 200-level WGS (or W ST) course, or Department consent
Note: May be repeated for credit

WGS 480: Indigenous Feminisms

Draws on Indigenous theoretical frameworks, epistemologies, community expertise and knowledge to understand Indigenous women's participation in political movements and land and environmental activism.

Units: *3.00
Prerequisite: Any 100- or 200-level WGS (or W ST) course, or Department consent. Students are strongly urged to complete *3 in NS before registering.

* WGS 498: Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies

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

Units: *3.00
Prerequisite: Any 100- or 200-level WGS (or W ST) course, or Department consent
Note: May be repeated for credit


Special Registration Undergraduate Courses

Students are strongly encouraged to register in regularly scheduled courses. Consent to take WGS 401 will be given only in exceptional circumstances. To find out more about independent study courses, please contact the Undergraduate Advisor. Forms for special registration courses are available here.

WGS 401: Directed Reading

An individual study course pursued by an undergraduate student in the WGS program under the supervision of a Women's & Gender Studies faculty member.

Prerequisite: Any 100- or 200-level WGS (or W ST) course AND Department consent; contact the Honors Advisor for registration assistance.
Note: May only be taken once

WGS 402: Honours Seminar and Project

A full-year individual study course pursued by an undergraduate student registered in the Honours or Combined Honours in WGS.

Prerequisite: Department consent; contact the Honors Advisor for registration assistance.