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 ACORN/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.
Exclusions: WSTA01H3, WGS101H5

200-SERIES COURSES

200-series courses, with the exception of WGS273H1, are subject to certain enrolment restrictions.  During the first (P) round of ACORN/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 F  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
Exclusions: WGS262H1/WGS262Y1, WSTA03H3, WGS200Y5

WGS271Y1 Y  Gender in Popular Culture
A critical examination of institutions, representations and practices associated with contemporary popular culture, mass-produced, local and alternative.
Recommended Preparation:  WGS160Y1
Exclusions:  WGS271H1, WSTB13H3, WGS205H5

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

WGS273H1 F  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?
Exclusions:  WGS273Y1, WSTC20H3

WGS275H1 S  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
Exclusion: WGS353H5

WGS280H1 S  Special Topics in Women and Gender Studies
Subjects of study vary from year to year.  Not offered in 2017-2018
Recommended Preparation:  WGS160Y1

WGS281H1  Special Topics in Women and Gender Studies
Subjects of study vary from year to year.  Not offered in 2017-2018.
Recommended Preparation:  WGS160Y1

300-SERIES COURSES

300-series courses are subject to certain enrolment restrictions. During the first (P) round of ACORN/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.

WGS334H1 S  Special Topics in Women and Gender Studies
An upper level seminar.  Subjects of study vary from year to year.
Topic for Spring 2018: 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 S  Special Topic in Women and Gender Studies
An upper level seminar.  Subjects of study vary from year to year.
Topic for Spring 2018: Decolonial Aesthetics and Futurities
Recommended Preparation:  WGS160Y1

WGS336H1  Selected Topics in Cultural Studies
An upper level course. Subjects of study vary from year to year.  Not offered in 2017-2018.
Recommended preparation: WGS160Y1

WGS340H1 F  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.

WGS350H1  Masculinities 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 2017-2018.

WGS355H1 F  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 S  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.
Recommended preparation: WGS160Y1
Exclusions: WSTB05H3, WGS202H5

WGS362H1 Selected Topics in Gender and History
An upper level course.  Subjects of study vary from year to year.  Not offered in 2017-2018.
Recommended preparation: WGS160Y1

WGS363H1  Selected Topics in Gender and Theory
An upper level course.  Subjects of study vary from year to year.  Not offered in 2017-2018.
Recommended preparation: WGS160Y1

WGS365H1 F  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
Exclusions: WGS215H5, WGS365H5

WGS367H1 S  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
Exclusion: WGS367H5

WGS369H1 F  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.
Recommended preparation: WGS160Y1
Exclusion: WGS369Y5

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
Exclusion: WSTB10H3
Not offered in 2017-2018

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
Exclusion: WGS366H5
Not offered in 2017-2018.  Normally offered in the summer session.

WGS373H1 S  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: WGS160Y1; WGS350H1
Exclusions: WSTB12H3, WGS373H5

WGS374H1 F  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

WGS376H1 F  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:  WGS370H5

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
Not offered in 2017-2018

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 2017-2018.

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.
Recommended preparation:  WGS160Y1
Exclusion: WGS347H5
Not offered in 2017-2018.

WGS396H1 F  Writing the Body
Examines the ways in which bodies are lived and enscribed and represented through a variety of genres.  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

WGS397H1  The Politics of Girlhood
The course communicates the growing field of “girl studies” and provides a critical examination of the historical, social, psychological and political definitions attached to girlhood.  We will move toward a feminist understanding of how definitions of girl-child shape individual experience, historical narratives, cultural representations, political agendas and futures.
Recommended Preparation: WGS160Y1
Not offered in 2017-2018.  Normally offered in the summer session.

400-SERIES COURSES:  ACORN/ROSI ENROLMENT AND BALLOTING

During the first and second round of ACORN/ROSI enrolment, certain enrolment restrictions apply to 400-Series courses.   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 WGS451H1.  During the restricted (R) round, only 3rd-year and 4th-year Specialists and Majors in Women and Gender Studies are eligible to enrol.  During the priority (P) round, 3rd-year and 4th-year Minors in Women and Gender Studies are permitted to enrol.

EXCEPTION:  WGS460Y1Y.  During the restricted (R) round, only 4th-year Specialists and Majors in Women and Gender Studies are eligible to enroll in this course.

“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 Faculty Supervisor and 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: WGS160Y1, one full course at the 300+ level in WGS, and one half course in WGS.
Not offered in 2017-2018.

WGS426H1 S  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.
Exclusions:  WGS463H1, fall session 2009, WSTC25H3

WGS434H1 F  Advanced Topics in Women and Gender Studies
An upper level seminar.  Topics vary from year to year.
Topic for Fall 2017:  Trans/national Sexuality
This course examines the links between sexuality and competing notions of nationhood – as produced by the state and as envisioned by diasporic queer and trans communities who complicate what national belonging means.  By exploring film, new media, and theory from the global south, we will reimagine nationhood beyond its geographic limits.
Prerequisite: WGS160Y1, one full course at the 300+ level in WGS, and one half course in WGS.

WGS435H1 S  Advanced Topics in Women and Gender Studies
An upper level seminar.  Topics vary from year to year.
Topic for Fall 2017: Sex, Gender and Revolution from Black Power to #BlackLivesMatter.
A herstory of black liberation movements, this course maps genealogies of intersectional theorizing, organizing, and praxis from the twentieth century to our present moment.  Through close study of works by and about black revolutionary migrants, exiles, intellectuals and so-called terrorists, participants will critique and create radical visions for emancipation.  Major topics and themes include black feminisms, queer insurgencies and utopias; pan-African socialism; transnational imaginaries and solidarities; misogynoir; sex and empire; gender and state violence.
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.
Not offered in 2017-2018

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.
Exclusions: WGS434H1 Black Diasporic Feminisms: Modernity, Freedom, Citizenship, WSTB06H3, WGS340H5
Not offered in 2017-2018

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: WGS160Y1, one full course at the 300+ level in WGS, and one half course in WGS.
Application Deadline for Fall 2016 Session:  June 15, 2017.
Application Deadline for Winter 2017 Session:  September 15, 2017.

WGS460Y1 Y  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.
ACORN/ROSI Enrolment:  For ACORN/ROSI enrolment details, please refer to the note on 400-level courses above.  WGS Specialists and Majors in their 4th year of study are permitted to enrol during the restricted (R) round of enrolment.

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 2017-2018.

WGS462H1:  Advanced Topics in Gender and History
An upper-level seminar.  Topics vary from year to year.
Prerequisite: WGS160Y1, one full course at the 300+ level in WGS, and one half course in WGS.
Not offered in 2017-2018.

WGS463H1 F 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 Spring 2018:  Toxic Worlds, Decolonial Futures
 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 2017-2018.

WGS470Y1 Y  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.
Exclusions: WSTC23H3, WGS435Y5
ACORN/ROSI Enrolment:  For ACORN/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, WGS Minors in their 3rd and 4th year of study are permitted to enroll.