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Current courses

These are the course schedules for 2018-2019


WSDB 290 - Introduction to Historical Perspectives in Women's Studies
Term Day Time Campus Room Prof Course #
Fall /2
Lec. A -T---- 13:15 – 16:00 SGW
  C. Maillé
5656
Lec. B ---J-
08:45 – 11:30 SGW   G. Painter 5655
Winter  /4
Lec. C -T--- 08:45 – 11:30 SGW   T.B.A. 4068

This course provides an introduction to theories and writing that affect the lives of women. Through the writing of feminist authors, students examine, from mainly the 20th century, the development of feminist theories and debate. Specific authors may include Simone de Beauvoir, Audre Lorde, Gloria Anzaldua, Angela Davis, Adrienne Rich, Monique Wittig, and Chandra Mohanty.


WSDB 291 - Introduction to Contemporary Concerns in Women’s Studies
Term Day Time Campus Room Prof Course #
Fall /2
Lec. A ---J-- 13:15 – 16:00 SGW
  T.B.A.
6454
Winter  /4
Lec. B ---J-- 08:45 - 11:30 SGW   T.B.A. 4070
Lec. C -T---- 14:45 – 17:30 SGW   G. Mahrouse 4069

This course explores a range of current issues and debates within feminism. Using interdisciplinary feminist theories that consider how systems of power such as patriarchy, capitalism, racism, and heterosexism constitute one another, it examines particular local and global topics of interest/concern which may include health, education, work, violence against women, globalization, militarism, media and cultural representations, families, and feminist activism.

NOTE: Students who have received credit for WSDZ 291 may not take this course for credit.


WSDB 292 - Feminisms and Research Methods
Term Day Time Campus Room Prof Course #
Fall /2
Lec. A -T---- 08:45 - 11:30 SGW   T.B.A. 5657
Winter /4 
Lec. BB
---J-- 18:00 - 20:15 SGW   V. Namaste
4071

This course exposes students to a variety of research practices from a feminist perspective. These practices can include oral history, interviews, archival research, and participant observation. Students learn how to gather, analyze, and effectively present ideas and information. Practical, hands-on exercises offer an opportunity for learning. Examination of research methods occurs in dialogue with questions of how knowledge is organized. Students are also exposed to recent developments in information literacy. This course prepares students to conduct their own research projects throughout their studies.

Prerequisite
:  Enrolment in a Women's Studies program or permission of the Institute.


WSDB 380/2 - Feminist Thought I
Term Day Time Campus Room Prof Course #
Fall
Sem. AA --W--- 20:30 - 21:00 SGW MU-101 V. Namaste 5658

This course introduces students to the main aspects of feminist thought across the disciplines. Through a selection of readings and case studies, feminist thought is examined in two interrelated senses: the exercise of woman-centred inquiry, and feminism as a critique of existing knowledge frameworks. Students are introduced to fundamental feminist notions such as the distinction between the private and the public, the notion of experience, androcentrism, and the division between the family and the economy. The history of feminist thought is explored as well as its articulation since the 1970s and its contribution to Women’s Studies and to social theory in general. Also examined is the potential and power of different feminist theories to effect social change and transform the social world they analyze.

NOTE: Students who have received credit for WSDB 394 may not take this course for credit.


WSDB 381/2 - Indigenous Women and Feminisms
Term Day Time Campus Room Prof Course #
Winter    
Sem. A
----F- 10:15 - 13:00 SGW MU-101 TBA 9022

This course aims to acquaint students with the concerns and contemporary realities of Indigenous women in North America. It examines Indigenous politics, activism, and culture through current feminist, decolonizing and post-colonial lenses. The course examines issues such as identity, representation, citizenship, land, sovereignty, nationalism, sexual and social violence, and de/re/colonization. Students develop critical thinking skills necessary to explore how sexism and racism are encoded in Canadian institutions and laws, how Indigenous women have engaged with the resulting disenfranchisement, and how they have been leading actors in Indigenous struggles, making significant contributions to their communities and nations.

NOTE: Students who have received credit for this topic under the WSDB 398 number may not take this course for credit.

WSDB 384/2 - Queer Feminism
Term Day Time Campus Room Prof Course #
Fall
Sem. AA
M----- 18:00 - 20:15 SGW MU-101 T.B.A. 7900

This course introduces the critical and discursive legacies of “queer feminism,” engaging with a host of identities, bodies, practices and pleasures. The course interrogates the ways in which gender and sexuality intersect with nation, race, class, culture and ability from the point of view of political action and cultural production. Attention is paid to Canadian and Quebec contexts.

Prerequisite: See N.B. number (1).


WSDB 385/4 - Intro to Trans Studies
Term Day Time Campus Room Prof Course #
Fall
Sem. AA
M----- 18:00 - 20:15 SGW MU-101 T.B.A. 6898

The first part of the course reviews the emergence of Trans Studies: what came before it and what distinguished it from other forms of knowledge about trans people. Also reviewed is Trans Studies’ theoretical and methodological heritage, including the ways in which Feminism and Queer Theory have shaped the field’s interests. The second part of the course evaluates Trans Studies in action by looking at selected aspects of some trans people’s lives: their history, community building, access to health care and social services, criminalization, and self-narration.

Prerequisite: See N.B. number (1). 

NOTE: Students who have received credit for this topic under a WSDB 398 number may not take this 


WSDB 391/4 - Health Issues: Feminist Perspectives
Term Day Time Campus Room Prof Course #
Fall
Sem. A -T--- 13:15 - 16:00 SGW MU-101 G. Rail 6891

This course presents feminist, intersectional, postcolonialist, poststructuralist and queer examinations of a variety of women’s health issues. It explores the complex cultural politics that tend to legitimize existing power relations in health care, health research, and “health” industries. Topics include biopolitics and surveillance of women’s bodies, medicalization and disease mongering, patriarchal capitalism and the health industry, cosmetic surgery and oppression or agency, women’s health and sociocultural identifications, feminist medical ethics, and alternative and feminist health care.


WSDB 393/2 - Critical Race Feminisms
Term Day Time Campus Room Prof Course #
Fall
Sem. A M----- 13:15 - 16:00 SGW MU-101 T.B.A.
7903

This course explores the concepts of race, racism, and racialization, alongside feminist theories and practices. Drawing from feminist and critical race theories, the course focuses on questions of power, knowledge production, and interlocking systems of oppression within local and global contemporary contexts. It provides opportunities to reflect upon anti‑racist feminist practice and to apply anti‑racist analyses.

Prerequisite: See N.B. number (1).

NOTE: Students who have received credit for this topic under a WSDB 398 number may not take this course for credit.


WSDB 398/1 - SUMMER INSTITUTE - Unsettling Feminisms
Term Day Time Campus Room Prof Course #
Summer 
Sem. AA ----- --------
SGW T.B.A. G. Rail 4387

How can we unsettle feminisms and their various histories, epistemologies, politics and brands of colonialism?  How do we engage and/or rethink feminisms?  The 2018 Summer Institute seeks to encourage conversations and learnings about Indigenous knowledge, the violence of white settler societies, anti-colonialism and anti-racism, activism, art, and new knowledges from a broud spectrum of disciplines and practices.

No requirements - 3-credits for one week - Workshops, panels, discussions - Humanities, Social Sciences, Arts.

Undergrads and Grad students welcome.  Open to community members - Mobilization and Activist initiatives.

Inquiries?  summerinstitute@concordia.ca


WSDB 398/2 - Selected Topics in WSDB: Canada, Colonization and Law
MU-Term Day Time Campus Room Prof Course #
Fall
Sem. A
-T---- 13:15 - 16:00 SGW MU-101 G. Painter 6992

 

Prerequisite: Nee N.B. 1


WSDB 398/4 - Selected Topics in WSDB: Feminist Perspectives on Human Rights
Term Day Time Campus Room Prof Course #
Winter
Sem. B --W--- 10:15 - 13:00 SGW MU-101 G. Painter
5947

 

Prerequisite: See N.B. 1.


WSDB 480/4 - Feminist Thought II
Term Day Time Campus Room Prof Course #
Winter   
Sem. AA
--W--- 20:30 - 23:00 SGW MU-101 V. Namaste 4074

While Feminist Thought I examines feminism as critique of theory in various historical and disciplinary topics, this course looks closely at the different feminist theories of the social world. The course considers fundamental concepts of Marxist feminism, post-structuralist feminist theory, feminist critical theory, and post-colonialist feminisms. Students learn how to summarize these different theoretical approaches, as well as how to think about them in a comparative manner.

Prerequisite: See N.B. 2.


WSDB 490/2 - Feminist Ethics
Term Day Time Campus Room Prof Course #
Winter
Sem. A
-T---- 13:15 - 16:00 SGW T.B.A. C. Maillé
9023

This interdisciplinary seminar considers the effect of systems of gender, race, and class on women’s place in society. It takes into account recent developments in feminist scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.

Prerequisite: See N.B. 2.


WSDB 492/4 Post-colonial and Anti-colonial Feminist Theories and Practice
Term Day Time Campus Room Prof Course #
Winter
Sem. A
---J- 14:45 - 17:35 SGW MU-101 G. Mahrouse
4162

The course is devoted to understanding the gendered dimensions of colonial/imperial relations of power and resistance both in historical and contemporary contexts. The main themes covered in the course include settler colonialism in Canada; knowledge, representations and power; contemporary challenges and resistance to anti-imperialist struggles; and post-colonial analyses of current economic and political relations.

Prerequisite: See N.B. 2.

NOTE: Students who have received credit for this topic under WSDB 498 may not take this course for credit.


WSDB 498/4 - Seminar in Women's Studies: Gender Justice in Canadian Law and Policy
Term Day Time Campus Room Prof Course #
Fall
Sem. A
---J-- 11:45 - 14:30 SGW MU-101 G. Painter 5212

 

Prerequisite: See N.B. 2.


WSDB 499/3 Feminist University Seminar
Term Day Time Campus Room Prof Course #
Fall/Winter
Sem. A
-T--- 11:45 - 14:30 SGW T.B.A. T.B.A./K. Manning
1863

This year-long, six credit, team-taught seminar will provide students with an opportunity to develop a social action research project focused on a particular theme (emerging projects include: “Feminist High School,” Gender and Sexuality Alliances, Diversity education in elementary schools, Concordia’s Indigenous Directions, and the continuation of work already begun to address gender inequities in the field of Electroacoustics at Concordia). The students will deepen their understanding of ethical protocols for research and feminist social action research methodologies, while building new skills in group work, grant writing, and public communication (for example, in the writing of Op-Eds). During the fall and Winter semesters, students will meet with the Professors and a Research/Tutorial Assistant to discuss readings and the evolution of the project on which they are working. At the end of the two semesters, students will be expected to produce a capstone production piece for dissemination: for example, an article to be posted on the C-FAR website, an exhibition, or a performance piece. All students will be expected to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their work at mid-year and at the conclusion of the course, with recommendations for the future development of the project.


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