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Current courses

These are the course schedules for 2019-2020


WSDB 290 - Introduction to Historical Perspectives in Women's Studies
Term Day Time Campus Room Prof Course #
Fall /2

Lec. A

-T----

11:45 – 14:30

SGW

H-403

C. Maillé

5503

Lec. B

---J-

14:45 – 17:30

SGW

H-633

G. Painter

5502

Winter  /4

Lec. C

----F

11:45 – 14:30

SGW

H-401

A. Antonopoulos

3898

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--

11:45 – 14:30

SGW

H-631

A. Antonopoulos

6239

Winter  /4

Lec. B

-T----

11:45 - 14:30

SGW

H-403

K. Manning

3900

Lec. C

M-----

11:45 – 14:30

SGW

H-501

N. Batraville

3899

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. AA

---J--

18:00 – 20:15

SGW

H-459

M. Aramaki

5504

Winter /4 

Lec. BB

---J--

18:00 - 20:15

SGW

H-401

M. Aramaki

3901

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 310 - Feminism, Comedy and Social Change
Term Day Time Campus Room Prof Course #

Summer /1

Sem. CA

-T-J--

14:45 – 16:00

SGW

MB S2.465

G. Mahrouse

4326

In this course, students examine the complex relationship between feminism and comedy through an interdisciplinary framework. The course posits comedic performance as a social/cultural text and considers how comedy might be used to challenge inequalities and promote social change. Topics may include the production and consumption of various genres of comedy; different theories of humour; the connections between comedic performances and key feminist principles; and how social and political issues can be addressed through comedy.

Prerequisite: See N.B. 1.

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


WSDB 380 - Feminist Thought 1
Term Day Time Campus Room Prof Course #
Fall /2
Sem. AA
--W--- 18:00 - 20:15 SGW H-609 C. Steenbergen 5505

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 - Queer Feminism
Term Day Time Campus Room Prof Course #
Fall /2
Sem. AA
M----- 18:00 - 20:15 SGW MU 101 J. Perreault 10090

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). 

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


WSDB 392 – Féminismes dans la francophonie
Term Day Time Campus Room Prof Course #

Winter /4

Sem. A

---J--

11:45 – 14:30

SGW

MB 3.265

C. Maillé

7824

A partir de textes théoriques et d’ouvrages traitant de la vie quotidienne, ce cours examine les similitudes, les analogies et les traits distinctifs des luttes des femmes durant les deux dernières décennies, ici et ailleurs dans la francophonie, notamment les luttes des Arabes, des Antillaises ou des femmes d’Afrique noire.

Préalable: Voir N.B. numéro (1). 


WSDB 398 - SUMMER INSTITUTE – Feminist Activism and the Health Industries
Term Day Time Campus Room Prof Course #

Summer  /1

Sem. GA

MTWJF

See Class Schedule

SGW

MB 3.270

G. Rail

4020

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 - Selected Topics in WSDB: Feminist Perspectives on Human Rights
Term Day Time Campus Room Prof Course #

Fall /2

Sem. A

--W---

10:15 - 13:00

SGW

H-562

G. Painter

9206

During the late twentieth century, human rights became a dominant frame for thinking about social justice. The ascendance of human rights generated particular forms and materials of activism, such as advocacy briefings, fact-finding reports, indicators and targets, awareness-raising campaigns, and legal pleadings. This course will question received wisdom about the role of human rights in struggles for justice, and it will critique the practical forms of human rights activism. We will study primary texts and historical, political, and anthropological readings about human rights discourse and practice. We will consider case studies, including on gender and racial equality, environmental defense, indigenous self-determination, genocide, and economic justice.

Prerequisite: See N.B. 1.


WSDB 398 - Selected Topics in WS: Feminism and Autobiography
Term Day Time Campus Room Prof Course #

Fall /2

Sem. B

M-----

14:45 - 17:30

SGW

MU-101

F. Abla

6726


WSDB 398 - Selected Topics in WSDB: Canada, Colonization and Law
Term Day Time Campus Room Prof Course #

Winter /4

Sem. A

-T----

14:45 - 17:30

SGW

MU-101

G. Painter

6992

With a focus on the 19th and 20th centuries, this course explores the legal, political, and social bases for Canada’s account of itself as a sovereign country. It investigates provincial and federal policies to create and consolidate ideas of national identity, and the ways these policies rest on gendered, racialized, and colonial ideologies. The course also covers Canada’s claims to territory, its framing of nature as a site of resource extraction, and the role of ideas about gender, race, and marriage in settler expansion and Indigenous dispossession. It considers the relationship between Canada, Indigenous nations, and the United Kingdom and British Empire, through the lens of treaty and through the framework offered by the Canadian constitution.

Prerequisite: See N.B. 1.


WSDB 410 – Feminisms, Tourism and Mobilities
Term Day Time Campus Room Prof Course #

Winter /4

Sem. A

---J-

14:45 - 17:30

SGW

MU-101

G. Mahrouse

6974

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. 

Prerequisite: See N.B. 2.


WSDB 480 - Feminist Thought II
Term Day Time Campus Room Prof Course #

Winter /4

Sem. AA

--W---

18:00 – 20:15

SGW

MB 2.265

C. Steenbergen

3904

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 - Feminist Ethics
Term Day Time Campus Room Prof Course #

Fall /2

Sem. A

---J--

11:45 - 14:30

SGW

MB 1.301

TBA

9971

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 491 - Feminist Perspectives on Culture
Term Day Time Campus Room Prof Course #

Winter /4

Sem. A

--W--

10:15 - 13:00

SGW

MU-101

N. Batraville

7044

This seminar explores the central concepts and theories in feminist cultural studies, as they inform feminist, post-colonial, queer, and post-structuralist understandings of culture. The focus is on women as cultural producers and subjects in/of various cultural texts (e.g. cinema, visual arts, music, advertising, popular media, feminist writings). The discursive construction of gender, as it is inflected by class, race, sexuality, and location, is examined as well as the ways in which it is used, displayed, imagined and performed in contemporary culture. Students develop practical and analytical skills, posing questions of how particular cultural narratives function within social, political and economic contexts. Students are required to participate in and lead discussions of the readings and to create and/or critique cultural productions.

Prerequisite: See N.B. 2.

 


WSDB 492 - Post-colonial and Anti-colonial Feminist Theories and Practice
Term Day Time Campus Room Prof Course #
Winter /4

Sem. A

---F-

14:45 - 17:35

SGW

MU-101

G. Mahrouse

3981

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 - Seminar in Women's Studies: Gender Justice in Canadian Law and Policy
Term Day Time Campus Room Prof Course #
Winter /4

Sem. A

---J--

08:45 – 11:30

SGW

MU-101

G. Painter

4955

This course is about the relationship between law and feminist thought and action in the 20th and 21st centuries. The law underpins a world shot through with injustice. Yet, those seeking justice – acting as individuals or as social movements – often turn to law for a remedy to injustice. Drawing on Audre Lorde, this course explores whether the master’s tools can dismantle the master’s house. The course will explore how structures of domination underpin the law and how law creates and perpetuates structures of domination, including patriarchy, white supremacy, economic exploitation, heteronormativity, and other forms of privilege.

Prerequisite: See N.B. 2.


WSDB 498 - Ending Sexual Violence
Term Day Time Campus Room Prof Course #

Fall/2

Sem. A

-T---

14:45 - 17:30

SGW

MU 101

N. Batraville

10091

Examining the intersections of race and gender is key to understanding the function of sexual violence in our society. In this course, we will approach the task of ending sexual violence as one that must be taken on by simultaneously addressing other categories of systemic harm. As we read and reflect on critical theory, community organizing, and supporting survivors, our focus will largely be on the abolition of prisons and criminalization as a way to approach creating a less violent society. Drawing primarily on the work of Black feminist scholars and organizers, we will study theory in the first half of the course and praxis in the second.

Prerequisite: See N.B. 2.


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