Women & Gender Studies Institute

Core Courses

CORE COURSES (with “WGS” prefix)

100-SERIES COURSES

WGS160Y is subject to certain enrolment restrictions. During the first (P) round of ROSI enrolment, priority is given to Specialists, Majors and Minors in Women and Gender Studies.  Please refer to the Arts & Science Registration Instructions and Timetable at http://www.artsci.utoronto.ca/current/course for course enrolment procedures.

WGS160Y1 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
An integrated and historical approach to social relations of gender, race, class, sexuality and disability, particularly as they relate to women’s lives and struggles across different locales, including Canada.

200-SERIES COURSES

200-series courses, with the exception of WGS273H1, are subject to certain enrolment restrictions.  During the first (P) round of ROSI enrolment, priority is given to Specialists, Majors and Minors in Women and Gender Studies.  Please refer to the Arts & Science Registration Instructions and Timetable at http://www.artsci.utoronto.ca/current/course for course enrolment procedures.

WGS260H1F  Texts, Theories, Histories (formerly WGS262H1/WGS262Y1)
Examines modes of theories that shaped feminist thought and situates them historically and transnationally so as to emphasize the social conditions and conflicts in which ideas and politics arise, change and circulate.
Recommended Preparation: WGS160Y1
Exclusion: WGS262H1/WGS262Y1

WGS261Y1 Scientific Constructions of Sex and Gender
This course was discontinued as of the 2011-2012 academic year.

WGS271Y1  Gender, Race and Class in Contemporary Popular Culture
A critical examination of institutions, representations and practices associated with contemporary popular, mass-produced, local and alternative culture. Students will develop skills in media literacy in relation to representations of race, class and gender in a variety of popular cultural forms.
Recommended Preparation:  WGS160Y1
Exclusion:  WGS271H1

WGS272Y1  Queer Cultures
This course was discontinued as of the 2012-2013 academic year.  See WGS376H1 below.
Exclusion:  WGS272H1

WGS273H1F  Gender and Environmental (In)Justice (formerly WGS273Y1)
Using a transnational, feminist framework, this course examines material and conceptual interrelations between gendered human and non-human nature, ecological crises, political economies and environmental movements in a variety of geographical, historical and cultural contexts. Does environmental justice include social justice, or are they in conflict? What might environmental justice and activism involve?
Exclusion:  WGS273Y1

WGS275H1F  Men and Maculinities
This course draws on transnational scholarship in the social sciences to explore the social construction of men and masculinities in conjunction with analyses of race, class, gender, sexuality, language and citizenship. Masculinities, in its various forms, shape the lives of everyone-men, women, transgender and genderqueer people. This course will examine the construction, reproduction and impact of masculinities on the institutions of education, work, religion, sports, family, medicine, military and the media to name a few. The course will interrogate how masculinities shape individual lives, groups, organizations and social movements with particular attention paid to the ways in which power functions in these cultural formations.
Recommended Preparation: WGS160Y1

300-SERIES COURSES

300-series courses are subject to certain enrolment restrictions. During the first (P) round of ROSI enrolment, priority is given to Specialists, Majors and Minors in Women and Gender Studies.  We strongly recommend that students complete WGS160Y in preparation for 3rd-year courses; however, this is not a formal pre-requisite.  Please refer to the Arts & Science Registration Instructions and Timetable at http://www.artsci.utoronto.ca/current/course for course enrolment procedures.

 Note: Courses numbered WGS330H1-WGS336H1 are reserved for Special Topics in Women and Gender Studies.  Topics vary from year to year.

WGS331H1  Special Topics in Women and Gender Studies
Feminist Consciousness & Community Organization in North America
Students will explore and engage with histories of “feminist” consciousness that emerged over the past century in North America with attention to how feminist consciousness informed community organization. We will draw attention to mainstream vs. subaltern or marginalized contexts that shaped community organization as part of women’s movements, as well organizations that were created by indigenous, racialized and queer communities. Students will be invited to explore their own feminist epistemologies and to chart what meanings are associated with feminist thinking in today’s world.
Recommended preparation: WGS160Y1
Not offered in 2014-2015.

WGS332H1F  Special Topics in Women and Gender Studies
Topic for Fall 2014: Writing the Body
This course will examine the experience and implications of embodiment through gender identity, race, sexuality, feeling, illness, motherhood, violence, and work with attention to place and time. Exploring the ways in which bodies are represented and inscribed in a variety of genres ranging from political theory to science fiction, students will work through issues of corporeality and materiality in the production and reception of texts and will practice embodied writing on a personal level through in-class workshops and written assignments.
Recommended Preparation: WGS160Y1

WGS334H1S  Special Topics in Women and Gender Studies
Topic for Spring 2015: Feminism, Zombies and Survivalism
An exploration of the gendered, racial, and spatial politics of apocalypticism through contemporary films, novels, and online scenarios.
Recommended preparation: WGS160Y1

WGS335H1S  Special Topics in Women and Gender Studies
Topic for Spring 2015: Indigeneities, ‘Hub Spaces,’ and Social Activism
Examines new vocabularies emanating from Indigenous ‘hub’ spaces where complex Indigeneities are being formed in the ‘now, ’as they intervene gendered, and racialized representations of Indigenous peoples.  Students will actuate arts-rooted critical analysis, in relationship to Indigenous hip-hop feminist analysis to explore decolonizing texts disseminating from Indigenous hub spaces enacting social transformation.
Recommended Preparation:  WGS160Y1

WGS336H1 Selected Topics in Cultural Studies
An upper level course. Subjects of study vary from year to year.
Recommended preparation: WGS160Y1
Not offered in 2014-2015.

WGS340H1F  Women and Revolution in the Middle East
This course examines the complex and conflictual relations between women and revolutionary struggles and focuses on a number of theoretical and empirical issues relevant to the Middle East and North Africa context. The course is open to both senior-level undergraduate and graduate students with different requirements.
Recommended preparation: WGS160Y1.
Exclusion:  WGS335H1 Women and Revolution in the Middle East

WGS345H1 Gender, War and Militarism
Examines the gendered and sexualized dimensions of war, militarism, the military institutions, the militarization and de-militarization of society and culture in transnational and global contexts.  We will explore these questions by reading a wide-range of works from political science, literature, cultural anthropology, history and other disciplines.
Recommended Preparation:  WGS160Y1
This course is offered every 3 years.  Not offered in 2014-2015.

WGS350H1 Masculinity and the Human in an Age of Terror
This course conceptualizes racialized masculinities and violence within postcolonial and anti-imperial discussions on contemporary discourses on terror. Working with concepts in gender and queer studies, this course draws on cultural production to offer a complex reading of masculinities and what it means to be human in conflict zones.
Recommended preparation: WGS262Y1/WGS262H1.
Not offered in 2014-2015.

WGS355H1F  Gendered Labour Around the World
This course will focus on masculinities and femininities in workplace settings, with an emphasis on service work around the world. We will discuss workers’ lived experiences of gender regimes which are embedded within the dynamics of class, race and nation. The relationships between gender processes and workplace hierarchies will be explored.
Recommended preparation: WGS160Y1
Exclusion:  WGS363H1 Gendered Labour Around the World.

WGS360H1S  Making Knowledge as if the World Mattered
Teaches skills in feminist approaches to making knowledge. Introduces feminist practices for doing research and navigating the politics of production and exchange. Develops skills for conveying knowledge to the wider world, such as through research papers, reports, performance, new media, art.
Recommended preparation: WGS160Y1

WGS362H1 Selected Topics in Gender and History
An upper level course.  Subjects of study vary from year to year.
Not offered in 2014-2015.

WGS363H1 Selected Topics in Gender and Theory
An upper level course.  Subjects of study vary from year to year.
Not offered in 2014-2015.

WGS365H1 Gender Issues in the Law
An upper level course. Subjects of study vary from year to year.
Recommended preparation: WGS160Y1
This course is offered every three years.  Not offered in 2014-2015.

WGS366H1 Gender and Disability
A critical interdisciplinary investigation of how gender impacts on central topics in disability studies: ableism as a political ideology; the normalized body and cultural representations; sexuality, violence and nurturance relations; the cognitive and social roles of medicine; transnational perspectives on disability, disability rights and issues of social justice.
Recommended Preparation: WGS160Y1; WGS367H1.
This course is offered every 3 years.  Not offered in 2014-2015.

WGS367H1F  The Politics of Gender and Health
Examines diverse traditions and normative models of health (e.g., biomedicine, social constructionist, aboriginal health) in conjunction with analyses of the origin, politics, and theoretical perspectives of contemporary Women’s Health Movements. Topics include fertility, sexuality, poverty, violence, labour, aging, (dis)ability, and health care provision.
Recommended preparation: WGS160Y1

WGS369H1F  Studies in Post-Colonialism
Examines gendered representations of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and disability in a variety of colonial, neo-colonial, and “post”-colonial contexts. Topics may include the emergence of racialist, feminist, liberatory and neoconservative discourses as inscribed in literary texts, historical documents, cultural artifacts and mass media.
Recommended preparation: WGS160Y1

WGS370H1  Utopian Visions, Activist Realities
Examines gendered representations of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and disability in a variety of colonial, neo-colonial, and “post”-colonial contexts. Topics may include the emergence of racialist, feminist, liberatory and neoconservative discourses as inscribed in literary texts, historical documents, cultural artifacts and mass media.
Recommended preparation: WGS160Y1
Not offered in 2014-2015

WGS372H1 Women and Psychology/Psychoanalysis
An interdisciplinary analysis of the relationship of women to a variety of psychological and psychoanalytical theories and practices. Topics may include women and the psychological establishment; women’s mental health issues; and, feminist approaches to psychoanalysis.
Recommended preparation: WGS160Y1
This course is offered every 3 yearsNot offered in 2014-2015.

WGS373H1S  Gender and Violence
An interdisciplinary study of gendered violence in both historical and contemporary contexts including topics such as textual and visual representations; legal and theoretical analyses; structured violence; war and militarization; sexual violence; and, resistance and community mobilization.
Recommended preparation: WGS160Y; WGS350H1

WGS374H1 Feminist Studies in Sexuality
Sexual agency as understood and enacted by women in diverse cultural and historical contexts. An exploration of the ways in which women have theorized and experienced sexual expectations, practices and identities.
Recommended preparation: WGS160Y1; WGS271Y1
This course is offered every three years.  Not offered in 2014-2015.

WGS375H1 Colonialism, Sexuality and the Law
Examines the challenge indigenous knowledges and practices posed to colonialism by analyzing Spanish and British legal codes promulgated by both church and state. Focusing upon the links between sexuality and spirituality, explores how gender shaped the social dynamics of conquest and resistance and draws out the implications for contemporary colonialisms.
Recommended preparation: WGS160Y1
This course is offered every three years.  Not offered in 2014-2015.

WGS376H1S  Queer Cultures (formerly WGS272H1/WGS272Y1)
Examines the history of queer and the cultures that have been imagined from it. Understood in terms of what does not conform to sexual normative, queer does not just define social identities but references a range of emergent cultural expressions.
Recommended Preparation:  WGS160Y1
Exclusion:  WGS272H1/WGS272Y1

WGS380H1 Aboriginal, Black and Immigrant Women in the Land of Dollars
Examines the gendered effects of white settler colonization on/in 21st century Canada and traces the formation of multiple settlements by examining black and immigrant populations. The course poses a challenge to contemporary formulations of diaspora and multiculturalism. It examines solidarity movements within and across these three communities.
Recommended preparation: WGS160Y1
Not offered in 2014-2015.

WGS385H1F  Gender and Neoliberalism
Reviews major feminist transnational, Marxist and Foucauldian approaches to the study of neoliberalism. Adopts a comparative, historical and global approach to the ways that gender is implicated in state restructuring, changing roles for corporations and non-governmental organizations, changing norms for personhood, sovereignty and citizenship, and changing ideas about time/space.
Recommended preparation: WGS160Y1

WGS386H1 Gender and Critical Political Economy
Offers a critical analysis of political economy, its historical and contemporary contentions and the ‘ruptures’ that open the space for alternative theorizing beyond ‘orthodox’ and ‘heterodox’ thinking, by inserting gender and intersecting issues of power, authority and economic, valorization across multiple and changing spheres: domestic, market and state.
Recommended preparation:  WGS160Y1; WGS273Y1
Not offered in 2014-2015.

WGS390H1 Dreams of Freedom
Drawing inspiration from Amira Mittermaier’s recent book, Dreams that Matter, this course invites us to consider the dreamscapes of freedom, both literal and metaphoric. What new spaces can be imagined and opened up when freedom is used as a starting point for analysis and being-ness rather than as an endpoint of a set of tangled relationships with domination?  Why does freedom seem so possible at certain historical moments and entirely elusive at others? Can dreams of freedom ever atrophy?  These are some of the questions we will puzzle through as we read a range of texts that move across different geographies of time, disciplines, and genres including the aesthetics of novels and films. Authors include Mittermaier, Krishnamurti, Toni Morrison, Beryl Fletcher, George Lamming, Arundhati Roy and Lee Maracle.
Recommended preparation: WGS160Y1
Exclusion:  WGS362H1 Dreams of Freedom
Not offered in 2014-2015.

400-SERIES COURSES:  ROSI ENROLMENT AND BALLOTING

During the first and second round of ROSI enrolment, certain enrolment restrictions apply to 400-Series courses.  Pre-requisites will be enforced.  Eligible students must have completed 2.5 full course equivalents in Women and Gender Studies.  Students with 8.5 credits or less are not permitted to enrol in 400-level courses.

“RP” indicator courses: this applies to all 4th-year courses except WGS460Y1 and WGS451H1.  During the restricted (R) round, only 3rd and 4th-year Specialists and Majors in Women and Gender Studies are eligible to enrol.  During the priority (P) round, priority is given to 3rd and 4th-year Specialists, Majors and Minors in Women and Gender Studies.

“RE” indicator courses: this only applies to WGS460Y1: Honours Seminar.  During the restricted (R) round, only 4th-year Specialists and Majors in Women and Gender Studies are eligible to enrol.  During the “E” round, all students must enrol (ballot) at the department.  Ballot forms can be picked up at the Women and Gender Studies Institute Program Office, Room 2036, Wilson Hall, New College, 40 Willcocks Street or printed off the WGSI website: http://www.wgsi.utoronto.ca/undergraduate/undergraduate-forms. Forms must be approved by the Undergraduate Coordinator for the Women and Gender Studies Program. E-mail: grad.womenstudies@utoronto.ca.

“E” indicator courses: this applies to WGS451H1.  Students must enrol (ballot) at the department.  Ballot forms can be picked up at the WGSI Program Office or printed off the WGSI website: http://www.wgsi.utoronto.ca/undergraduate/undergraduate-forms.  Forms must be approved by the Undergraduate Coordinator for the Women and Gender Studies Program.

400-SERIES COURSES

WGS426H1  Gender and Globalization: Transnational Perspectives
Critically examines current interdisciplinary scholarship on globalization, its intersections with gender, power structures, and feminized economies. Related socio-spatial reconfigurations, ‘glocal’ convergences, and tensions are explored, with emphasis on feminist counter-narratives and theorizing of globalization, theoretical debates on the meanings and impacts of globalization, and possibilities of resistance, agency, and change.
Prerequisite:  WG160Y1, one full course at the 300+ level in WGS, and one half course in WGS.
Exclusion:  WGS463H1, fall session 2009
Not offered in 2014-2015.

WGS430H1  Queer Diasporas
This course is an overview of the growing field of Queer Diasporas. It considers how queer people inhabit transnational spaces. It also examines how diaspora, as an analytical framework that challenges meanings of un/belonging, might be queered. Alongside theoretical works on queer diasporas, this course draws on cultural/aesthetic texts to think through its major themes.
Prerequisite: WG160Y1, one full course at the 300+ level in WGS, and one half course in the field of Sexuality Studies (WGS or other).
Prerequisite:  WGS160Y1, one full course at the 300+ level in WGS, and one half course in WGS.
This course is offered every three years.  Not offered in 2014-2015.

WGS434H1S  Advanced Topics in Women and Gender Studies
Topic for Spring 2015:  Memoirs, Oral Histories and the Politics of Remembering
This course introduces students to the theories, methods and pedagogies of memories and life writings.  Using feminist epistemologies, it explores women’s personal memories, in particular women of colour and native women, as an alternative body of knowledge.  The course examines the politics, aesthetics and ethics of remembering and narrating histories of oppression, violence, and resistance.
Prerequisite:  WGS160Y1, one full course at the 300+ level in WGS, and one half course in WGS.

WGS435H1S: Advanced Topics in Women and Gender Studies
Topic for Spring 2015: Decolonial Indigenous Aesthetics: Performance, Hip Hop and Indigenous New Media
Explores Indigenous feminist interventions and expressions through analyzing storytelling projects of Indigenous new media, performance and hip-hop. Engaging modalities of decolonial resistance, we deepen our understandings of relationality, gender justice, environmental justice, embodied and spatial sovereignties, and Indigenous futurisms.
Prerequisite: WGS160Y1, one full course at the 300+ level in WGS, and one half course in WGS.

WGS440H1S  Postcolonial Cyborgs for Planetary Futures
Drawing together film, fiction and theory, this course invites students to explore ways of imagining other worlds. From afro-futurism to planetary humanism, from cyborgs to hauntings, from science fiction fantasies to the politics of aliens, the course examines and produces feminist, postcolonial, anti-racist, and queer visions of other worlds.
Prerequisite:  WGS160Y1, one full course at the 300+ level in WGS, and one half course in WGS.
Not offered in 2014-2015.

WGS445H1 Migrations of the Sacred
Considers the gendered impact of migration on women’s indigenous spiritual practices, taking globalization as a political economic starting point. The course focuses on the lives of women whose experiences emblematize displacement and examines how women’s agency interrupts and transforms normative meanings of “tradition” and “modernity.”
Prerequisite: WG160Y1, one full course at the 300+ level in WGS, and one half course in WGS.
Not offered in 2014-2015.

WGS450H1S  Black Diasporic Feminisms: Modernity, Freedom, Citizenship
Explores transnational feminist genealogies of the black diaspora.  The course pays attention to the contexts and movements that generated key questions, exploring how these interventions disclose preoccupations with modernity, freedom and citizenship.  Topics may include trauma and memory, sexual citizenship, Afrofuturism, indigeneity, and the crafting of political communities.
Prerequisite: WGS160Y1, one full course at the 300+ level in WGS, and one half course in WGS.

WGS451H1 Independent Study in Women and Gender Studies
Under supervision, students pursue topics in Women and Gender Studies not currently part of the curriculum.
Prerequisite: WGS160Y1, one full course at the 300+ level in WGS, and one half course in WGS.
Application Deadline for Fall 2014 Session:          June 15, 2014
Application Deadline for Winter 2015 Session:    September 15, 2014
A ballot form must be filled out at the department or on-line via the WGSI website: www.wgsi.utoronto.ca/undergraduate/undergraduate-forms.  Students must provide a project title, outline and bibliography.  Ballots must be approved by the Women and Gender Studies Undergraduate Coordinator.  Applicants are responsible for finding an appropriate WGSI supervisor for their research.

WGS460Y1 Honours Seminar
Supervised undergraduate thesis project undertaken in the final year of study. Students attend a bi-weekly seminar to discuss research strategies, analytics, methods and findings. A required course for Specialist students.
Prerequisite:  WGS160Y1, one full course at the 300+ level in WGS, and one half course in WGS.
ROSI Enrolment:  For ROSI enrolment details, please refer to the note on 400-level courses above.  WGS Specialists and Majors in their 3rd and 4th-year of study are permitted to enrol during the first round of enrolment.  During the second round, a ballot form must be filled out at the department or on-line via the WGSI website: www.wgsi.utoronto.ca/undergraduate/undergraduate-forms.

WGS461Y1 Advanced Topics in Women and Gender Studies
An upper-level seminar. Topics vary from year to year.
Prerequisite: WG160Y1, one full course at the 300+ level in WGS, and one half course in WGS.  Not offered in 2014-2015.

WGS462H1S: Advanced Topics in Gender and History
Topic for Spring 2015: Youth, Gender, and Civil Society
Explores the rhetoric and debated realities of young people’s participation in civil society. Working from critical and feminist perspectives, this course takes up young people’s political and civic engagement in non-profit and non-governmental sectors, grassroots organizations, and social movements. Case studies and theoretical perspectives will draw from both Canadian and international contexts.
Prerequisite: WGS160Y1, one full course at the 300+ level in WGS, and one half course in WGS. 

WGS463H1 Advanced Topics in Gender Theory
Topic for Spring 2015: Feminist Multilingualism
This course will trace the multiple language migrations, transitions and code-switching that characterize North American multilingualism.  Because coming to writing has itself been a challenge for women and other minorities in patriarchal society, sexuality and ethnicity will be central tropes in our investigation, as we consider the emergence of new modes for transgressing silence and expressing the unspeakable.  We will pay special attention to Yiddish, once the major spoken Jewish language, whose future is in question.
Prerequisite: WG160Y1, one full course at the 300+ level in WGS, and one half course in WGS.

WGS465H1 Special Topics in Gender and the Law
Senior students may pursue advanced study in gender and law. Topics vary from year to year.
Prerequisite: WG160Y1,WGS365H1, one full course at the 300+ level in WGS, and one half course in WGS.
This course is offered every three years.  Not offered in 2014-2015.

WGS470Y1 Community Engagement
The application of theoretical study to practical community experience. Advanced Women and Gender Studies students have the opportunity to apply knowledge acquired in the Women and Gender Studies curriculum through a practicum placement within a community organization.
Prerequisite: WGS160Y1, one full course at the 300+ level in WGS, and one half course in WGS.
ROSI Enrolment:  For ROSI enrolment details, please refer to the note on 400-level courses above.  WGS Specialists and Majors in their 3rd and 4th-year of study are permitted to enrol during the first round of enrolment.  During the second round, priority is given to WGS Specialists, Majors and Minors.