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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
July 30, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Course Offerings

For a list of all WS courses and WS Approved courses, visit WS in the 2016-17 calendar.   

For a list of all WS courses being offered in a particular term, visit 

Note: Students are advised that many of the courses in the program have prerequisites, and are encouraged to consult with the Program Coordinator when selecting courses. Please consult the appropriate undergraduate calendar for degree requirements and course descriptions for WS courses and WS approved courses. (Note when you click on link, you need to scroll down to see the information.)  

The requirement for a course to be considered an "Approved Course" is that at least 50% of the reading material assigned in the course is connected to women's studies/gender studies subject matter, and that the student is permitted to write assignments from a feminist perspective. Please contact the coordinator if you are taking a course or have taken a course that meets this requirement and wish to have it considered as an approved 

Special Topics courses for 2016-17

WS301j Women and Environmental (In)Justice - Dr. K. Stote

This interdisciplinary course examines the history and contemporary politics of environmental racism from different feminist perspectives, and whenever possible, within a Canadian context. We consider the disproportionate environmental burdens faced by women and Indigenous communities, and their leading role in the struggle for environmental justice. How and why are environmental issues experienced differently according to race, gender and class? How have different communities responded to environmental injustices? How is environmental justice related to reproductive justice, social justice, and justice for Indigenous peoples?

WS490g Gender Culture & Islam - Dr. S. Khan

In this course the students will be encouraged to question ideas which suggest that women are either oppressed or liberated by Islam. Instead readings will explore the complex historical, social, political and economic arrangements which help determine the choices which Muslim women make and identify the forms of agency they exercise.