WGST@MRU

All MRU Women’s Studies Courses

In addition to helping you complete your minor in Women’s Studies, most WMST courses will count toward your GNED requirements. Check the current MRU catalogue for details.

 

WMST 1172 – Introduction to Women’s Studies

An interdisciplinary study of major issues confronting Canadian women. Topics may include: Canadian feminism in historical perspective, health, sexuality, work issues (such as equal pay, unemployment, pensions and the impact of technology), family issues and women’s role in Canadian politics.

WMST 2205 – Issues for Women Globally

This course is an interdisciplinary study of the major issues confronting women within a global context. This course explores the political, social and economic role and status of women from developing countries. Themes may include the impact of economic globalization; citizenship, migration and refugee issues; the global sex trade; women and AIDS; militarization and nationalism; and, transnational feminist alliances for social change.

Recommended Preparation: Women’s Studies 1172 or any 2000 level Women’s Studies course.

WMST 2207 – Contemporary Issues in Feminism

A survey and analysis of issues concerning women’s lives in their contemporary social context. Topics include images of women, mother/daughter and other family relations, marriage and divorce, women and work, violence against women, sexuality and power.

Recommended Preparation: Women’s Studies 1172 or any 2000 level Women’s Studies course.

WMST 2221 – Women and Health

This course will examine women’s experiences of physical and psychological health, of perceptions and treatment of women in health care systems, and of the role of women as health care providers in families and society. Examples will come primarily, but not exclusively, from the Canadian context.

Recommended Preparation: Women’s Studies 1172 or any 2000 level Women’s Studies course.

WMST 2239 – Gender and Popular Culture

This course will introduce students to feminist and postmodern theoretical perspectives on gender and popular culture. Selected themes may include gender and spectatorship; representing difference; advertising as ideological practice; cyberbodies and technoculture; and subculture and cultural resistance.

Recommended Preparation: Women’s Studies 1172 or any 2000 level Women’s Studies course.

WMST 2283 – Women and Aging

This course will examine the reality and variation in women’s lives as they age. The focus will be on Canadian society in social and historical context, but comparisons and examples will be taken from other societies.

Recommended Preparation: Women’s Studies 1172 or any 2000 level Women’s Studies course.

WMST 3301 – Feminist Theories

This course provides an introduction to Western European and North American feminist writings and their relationship to women’s movements from the 17th to the early 21st centuries. The effects of historical ideas about gender, race, class and sexuality on early feminist analyses and visions of social change will be considered.

Prerequisite: One of Women’s Studies 1172, 2205, 2221, 2239, 2283 or 3302.
Note: Students will receive credit for only one of Women’s Studies 2207 and 3301.

WMST 3302 – Feminist Research and Methods

This course is a feminist examination of the connections between epistemology, method and methodology. This course explores a range of approaches taken by feminist researchers when rethinking traditional analytic paradigms in order to create distinctly feminist models to guide their work. Prerequisite: Women’s Studies 1172.

Recommended Preparation: Women’s Studies 3301 or any 2000 level Women’s Studies course.

WMST 3309 – Contemporary Feminist Debates

This course examines contemporary debates among feminists in Canada and around the world. We will compare concerns about the global situation of women, as articulated by international bodies such as the United Nations, with concerns articulated by feminists in different parts of the world. Course topics will shift to reflect the continuous and dynamic evolution of feminist thought and activism in contemporary social and political contexts.

Prerequisite: One of Women’s Studies 1172, 2205, 2221, 2239, 2283.

WMST 3311 – Race, Femininity and Representation

This course will examine the conventions by which subjugated colonial female identities are constructed, contested and negotiated in and through Eurocentric practices of intercultural representation. Various strategies aimed at challenging dominant codes of intercultural representation will be considered in terms of their potential to foster more empowering identities for women.

Prerequisite: One of Women’s Studies 1172, 2205, 2239 or consent of the department

WMST 3345 – Sex, Gender and the Body

This course will examine the diverse and historically varying relationships forged between biological sex, culturally formulated discourses of masculinity and femininity, and the sexed body. Topic areas will include: scientific discourse and medical research, health care, popular culture, body image, religious practices, and violent conflict.

Recommended Preparation: Women’s Studies 1172 or any 2000 level Women’s Studies course.

WMST 3346 – Gender, Culture and Technology

This course will examine the power relations structuring the development and use of technology. This course explores the interplay between gender, race, class and various technologies on the everyday lives of women, both locally and globally. The problems and possibilities associated with technological development will be considered.

Recommended Preparation:  Women’s Studies 1172 or any 2000 level Women’s Studies course.

WMST 3850 – Advanced Special Topics in Women’s Studies

The specific content of the course will vary by term and instructor. Possible topics include but are not limited to: feminist perspectives on war and militarism, celebrity feminists, ecofeminisms, feminist approaches to development and globalisation, psychoanalytic feminisms, the intersections of feminist and queer theories, and feminist debates regarding prostitution and sex work.

Prerequisite: One of Women’s Studies 1172, 2205, 2221, 2239, 2283 or consent of the instructor.

WMST 4401 – Advanced Studies in Feminist Theories

This course offers advanced students an opportunity to explore in breadth and depth the intellectually dynamic evolution of one particular feminist theorist and/or body of thought within the broad range of available feminist theories. Potential topics could include: post-colonial and transnational perspectives, ecofeminisms, indigenous feminisms, queer theories, and feminist approaches to world politics.

Prerequisites: Women’s Studies 3301 or 1172 and one of Women’s Studies 2205, 2221, 2239, 2283 or consent of the instructor. 

WMST 3199, 4199 – Directed Readings

HIST 2208 – Women and Gender in Canada to 1900

This course examines women’s experiences and gender dynamics in Canada from the eighteenth through the nineteenth century. Themes include race and racism, family, politics and political culture, spousal and sexual violence, religion, public and private spheres, as well as sexuality.

Recommended Preparation: Women’s Studies 1172 or any first year history course.

HIST 2209 – Women and Gender in Canada since 1900

This course examines women’s experiences and gender dynamics in twentieth century Canada. Themes include feminism’s three waves, the social welfare state, the rise of the Left, World War II, post-war family and consumption, immigration and race, heterosexism and homophobia, environmentalism, and anti-racism.

Recommended Preparation: Women’s Studies 1172 or any first year history course.

PHIL 2237 – Feminist Philosophy (formerly PHIL 3337)

Issues in feminist philosophy and methodology. Topics may include feminist theories of knowledge and science, ethics, metaphysics, political theory and feminist methodology.

Recommended Preparation: Philosophy 1101 or 1149.

RELS 2281 – Women and Religion (formerly RELS 3381)

An examination of the origins, content and influence of the view of women contained in the religious traditions and expressed in the religious practices of West and East.

Prerequisite: One of Religious Studies 1101, 1103, 1105 or any Women’s Studies course.

RELS 3281 – Advanced Studies in Women and Religion

This course provides an examination of the work of contemporary women writers on religious traditions and/or selected issues in religion and its study.

Recommended Preparation: Religious Studies 2281.