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 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 for course enrolment procedures.

WGS260H1  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 in Popular Culture
A critical examination of institutions, representations and practices associated with contemporary popular culture, mass-produced, local and alternative.
Exclusion:  WGS271H1

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

WGS273H1  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

WGS275H1  Men and Maculinities
Examines how masculinities shape the lives of men, women and transgender people.  Effects of construction, reproduction and impact of masculinities on  institutions such as education, work, religion, sports, family, medicine, military and the media are explored.  Provides critical analysis of how masculinities shape individual lives, groups, organizations and social movements.
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
An upper level seminar.  Subjects of study vary from year to year.
Recommended preparation: WGS160Y1
Not offered in 2015-2016.

WGS332H1  Special Topics in Women and Gender Studies
An upper level seminar.  Subjects of study vary from year to year.
Recommended Preparation: WGS160Y1
Not offered in 2015-2016.

WGS333H1  Special Topics in Women and Gender Studies
An upper level seminar.  Subjects of study vary from year to year.
Topic for Fall 2015: 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

WGS334H1  Special Topics in Women and Gender Studies
An upper level seminar.  Subjects of study vary from year to year.
Topic for Winter/Spring 2016: Ghosts and Haunted Houses – An exploration of how theories and fictions of haunting can illuminate still-unfolding histories of dispossession and exploitation.
Recommended preparation: WGS160Y1

WGS335H1  Special Topic in Women and Gender Studies
An upper level seminar.  Subjects of study vary from year to year.
Topic for Fall 2015:  Indigenous Feminist Theory – 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.  Topic for 2011-2012:  Gender and Sexuality in World Literature.  This course explores gender and sexuality with literary texts as they move in transnational circuits of translation and publication.  Reading, situating, and discussing fiction and prose, the class will consider the different ways gender, sexuality, affect, race, labor, violence, and nation are narrated, theorized, and entangled.
Recommended preparation: WGS160Y1
Not offered in 2015-2016.

WGS340H1  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.
Enrolment Limits:  35
Exclusion:  WGS335H1 Women and Revolution in the Middle East
Not offered in 2015-2016.

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 2015-2016.

WGS350H1 Masculinitie 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.

WGS355H1  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.

WGS360H1  Making Knowledge in a World that Matters
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.
Prerequisite: WGS160Y1

WGS362H1 Selected Topics in Gender and History
An upper level course.  Subjects of study vary from year to year.
Recommended preparation: WGS160Y1
Not offered in 2015-2016.

WGS363H1 Selected Topics in Gender and Theory
An upper level course.  Subjects of study vary from year to year.
Recommended preparation: WGS160Y1

WGS365H1 Gender Issues in the Law
Examines the operation of the law as it affects women, the construction and representation of women within the legal system, and the scope for feminist and intersectional analyses of law.  Includes an analysis of specific legal issues such as sexuality and reproduction, equality, employment, violence and immigration.
Recommended preparation: WGS160Y1
Not offered in 2015-2016.

WGS367H1  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 may include fertility, sexuality, poverty, violence, labour, aging, (dis)ability, and health care provision.
Recommended preparation: WGS160Y1

WGS369H1  Studies in Post-Colonialism (formerly NEW369H1)
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.
Exclusion:  NEW369H1
Recommended preparation: WGS160Y1

WGS370H1  Utopian Visions, Activist Realities
Drawing on diversely situated case-studies, this course focuses on the ideals that inform struggles for social justice, and the mechanisms activists have employed to produce the change.  Foci include the gendered implications of movement participation, local and transnational coalition, alternative community formation, and encounters with the state and inter/supra/transnational organizations.
Recommended preparation: WGS160Y1

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 years.
Not offered in 2015-2016.

WGS373H1  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 2015-2016.

WGS376H1  Studies in Queer and Trans (formerly WGS272H1/WGS272Y1)
Takes up conversations in queer and trans studies as separate and entangled fields.  It explores how queer and trans people have experienced and theorized gender and sexuality.
Recommended Preparation:  WGS160Y1
Exclusion:  WGS272H1/WGS272Y1

WGS385H1  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 2015-2016.

WGS395H1 Indigeneity(s), Hub Spaces and Decolonization
This course explores Indigenous feminist theories and their critiques of settler colonial erasures. This course will illuminate how Indigenous feminist critical interventions and worlding projects are being activated upon in shaping decolonization projects through community organizing, and artistic activist interventions.   Throughout this course we will explore how radical Indigenous feminisms are being articulated within urban Indigenous territories; and will be encouraged to think through its implications for how we come to understand Indigenous futurities.

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

WGS420H1  Asian/North American Feminist Issues
A transpacific examination of issues that have directly and indirectly shaped the feminist and other related critical inquiries in Asia and among the Asian diasporas in Canada and the United States.
Prerequisite:  WG160Y1, one full course at the 300+ level in WGS, and one half course in WGS.
Not offered in 2015-2016.

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

WGS434H1  Advanced Topics in Women and Gender Studies
An upper level seminar.  Topics vary from year to year depending on instructor.
Topic for Spring 2016:  uTOPia: Hopes for Toronto.  Students will read fiction and non-fiction written for general audiences that are set in and evoke, as they document, re-imagine  or offer hopes for, Toronto, as they engage with theoretical discussions of hope.  Projects will include short essays, oral histories and maps that evoke and imagine Toronto.

WGS435H1 Advanced Topics in Women and Gender Studies
Topic for Fall 2014: Women, Poetry, (Queer) History
An upper level seminar.  Topics vary from year to year depending on instructor.
Prerequisite: WG160Y1, one full course at the 300+ level in WGS, and one half course in WGS.

WGS440H1  Postcolonial Cyborgs for Planetary Futures:  Speculative Fiction Feminisms
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.

WGS450H1  Modernity, Freedom, Citizenship:  Gender and the Black Diaspora
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.
Exclusion:  WGS434H1 Black Diasporic Feminisms:  Modernity, Freedom, Citizenship.

WGS451H1 Independent Study in Women and Gender Studies
Under supervision, students pursue topics in Women and Gender Studies not currently part of the curriculum.  Not eligible for CR/NCR option.
Prerequisite: Permission of the Undergraduate Coordinator, Women and Gender Studies Program.

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.  Not eligible for CR/NCR option.
Prerequisite:  WGS160Y1, one full course at the 300+ level in WGS, and one half course in WGS.

WGS461Y1 Advanced Topics in Women and Gender Studies
An upper-level seminar. Topics vary from year to year depending on the instructor.
Prerequisite: WG160Y1, one full course at the 300+ level in WGS, and one half course in WGS.
Not offered in 2015-2016.

WGS462H1: Advanced Topics in Gender and History
An upper-level seminar.  Topics vary from year to year depending on the instructor.
Prerequisite: WGS160Y1, one full course at the 300+ level in WGS, and one half course in WGS.
Not offered in 2015-2016.

WGS463H1 Advanced Topics in Gender Theory
Senior students may pursue more advanced study in feminist theory.  Topics vary from year to year depending on the instructor.
Topic for Fall 2015: Theorizing ‘Normal’ and ‘Deviant’ Gendered Embodiment.   Get short course description from the 2013-2014 Undergraduate Handbook. Or from Kathryn Morgan.
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 2015-2016.

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.
Not offered in 2015-2016.