Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2011/2012
Canadian Excellence

Women & Gender Studies Program

The Women & Gender 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 an individual's 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 & Gender 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.

Students can earn an Honours BA Women & Gender 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 & gender studies. The minor in women and gender studies requires the completion of three credits from the WS courses: WS100, any two half-credit senior WS courses, and a further one and a half credits from the core WS courses. Students are advised to consult the Laurier Undergraduate Calendar (legacy.wlu.ca/calendars) or the Program of Women & Gender Studies website to determine which courses are required for each program. For more information, contact the Women & Gender Studies Co-ordinator, Dr. Margaret Toye mtoye@wlu.ca.

Our program has integrated the following components into its structure:
1. A research and writing supplemental instruction project led by upper-level students to enhance the academic skills of first- and second-year students.
2. A service-learning component in key courses to enhance the relationship between classroom and community learning experiences.
3. A mentorship program that pairs upper-level students with first-year students to enhance the latter's integration into university and community life.

Honours Combination BA and Minor:


Women & Gender Studies Co-ordinating Committee

Women & Gender 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
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, Gender 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
RE380/SY380 - Religion and Social Change
SY201* - Sociology of Families
SY210 - Social Inequality
SY233 - Sociology of Women
SY334 - Sociology of Gender

Course Offerings
Course #TitleCredits
WS100 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies 0.5
WS201 Gender, Subjectivity and Resistance 0.5
WS202 Women and Gender Relations in Canada 0.5
WS203 Women, Gender and Popular Culture 0.5
WS204 Women, Gender and Work 0.5
WS205 Women, Gender and Visual Culture 0.5
WS208 Violence Against Women 0.5
WS290 Special Topics in Women and Gender Studies [1] 0.5
WS301 Special Topics in Women and Gender Studies 0.5
WS303 Feminist Theory 0.5
WS304 Women, Migration and Diaspora 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 0.5
WS390 Directed Studies 0.5
WS400 Independent Research 0.5
WS490 Advanced Topics in Women and Gender Studies 0.5

Senate/Editorial Changes

Editorial Revision June 17, 2011: SY204* replaced with SY210; effective September 1, 2011

  1. Senate Addition April 25, 2011: WS290 New course; effective September 1, 2011.