Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2009/2010
Canadian Excellence

Women's Studies Program

The Women’s Studies program is an interdisciplinary field of study that places women and questions of gender at the centre of inquiry. Our field emphasizes the important role that gender plays in shaping both male and female experiences and how women’s lives continue to be left out of traditional approaches to knowledge. We stress the complex ways in which gender is fundamentally linked to class, race, ethnicity, nationality, age, and sexual orientation, and how these aspects shape and construct our sense of self, our roles in society and our institutions. The goal of the Women’s Studies Program is to encourage students to develop an understanding about the ways in which society thinks about gender by attaining the analytical, oral and writing skills needed to think about the interconnection and nuanced interactions of all these forces in society. Through our devotion to teaching, learning, research, scholarship and creativity, our aim is to engage students in a field that provides tools that can help them to shape their lives and the world around them.

You can earn an Honours BA Women’s Studies in combination with another Honours BA program (such as Global Studies, English, Communication Studies, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Psychology or History). The Honours BA, which normally takes four years to complete, consists of 20 full-credit courses, including at least seven credits in Women’s Studies. The minor in women’s studies requires the completion of three credits from the women’s studies courses: WS100, any two half-credit senior women’s studies courses, and a further one and a half credits from the core women’s studies courses. Students are advised to consult the Laurier Undergraduate Calendar (legacy.wlu.ca/calendars) or the Program of Women’s Studies Website to determine which courses are required for each program. For more information, contact the Women’s Studies Co-ordinator, Dr. Ute Lischke, at ulischke@wlu.ca.

Honours Combination BA and Minor:

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Women's Studies Co-ordinating Committee

Women's Studies Approved Courses

AN338/SY338 - Women and Development
AN341 - Kinship, Marriage and Gender
CL218 - Women in Greece and Rome
CL319 - Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World
EN221 - Women and Print Culture
EN225 - The Woman Writer: Theory and Practice
EN226 - Women in Fiction
EN324 - Canadian Women's Writing
EN325 - Feminist Theory and Cultural Practice: Fiction by Minority Women
GG273 - Geographies of Health and Disease
GG373 - Landscapes and Identities
RE380/SY380 - Religion and Social Change
HI271 - Survey of European Women's/Gender History
HI326 - History of Gender Roles from the Industrial Revolution to the Present
HI372 - Colonial and U.S. Women, 1607-1869
ID207 - Indigenous Women
PP219 - Feminist Philosophy
PP249 - Philosophy and Gender
PO320 - Women and Politics
PS287 - Psychology of Gender
RE224 - Gendering the Divine
RE285 - Religion and Culture of the African Diaspora
RE372 - Women's Lives and Religious Values
SY201* - Sociology of Families
SY204* - Social Inequality
SY233* - Sociology of Women
SY334 - Sociology of Gender

Course Offerings
Course #TitleCredits
WS100 Introduction to Women's Studies 0.5
WS201 Women and Identity 0.5
WS202 Women in Canada 0.5
WS203 Girls, Women and Popular Culture 0.5
WS204 Women and Work 0.5
WS205 Gender and Visual Culture 0.5
WS208 Violence Against Women 0.5
WS301 Special Topics in Women's Studies 0.5
WS303 Feminist Theory 0.5
WS304 Gender, Race and Transnationalism 0.5
WS305 Gender, Culture and Technology 0.5
WS306 Women and Social Justice 0.5
WS307 Gender and Social Politics in Contemporary Muslim Societies 0.5
WS308 Gender, Cinema and the Third World [1] 0.5
WS390 Directed Studies 0.5
WS400 Independent Research 0.5
WS490 Advanced Topics in Women's Studies 0.5

Senate/Editorial Changes

  1. Senate Revision April 14, 2009: WS308 Title change; effective September 1, 2009.