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4000 Level Courses


Place: Keele Campus
Time: Monday, 8:30-11:30a m

This course engages with theoretical debates within feminism. Sections may focus on: jurisprudence, pedagogy, postmodernism, psychoanalysis, praxis/agency, or identity and difference. The course is informed by a range of political positions and addresses the complexity of differences based on race, class, ability and sexual identity.

Prerequisite: AP/GL/GWST 2500 6.00 or AP/GL/GWST 2510 9.00

Course Directors: E. Karpinski

Evaluation: TBA
Course Texts: TBA

Projected Enrolment: 25
Cross-listed-to: AP/SOSC 4160B 6.00, GL/SOCI 4685 6.00 & GL/SOSC 4685 6.00
Course Credit Exclusions: A AP/GL/GWST 4501 6.00, AP/SOCI 4600 6.00, GL/SOCI 4685 6.00 and GL/SOSC 4685 6.00

Note: All spaces are reserved for 4th year students in SXST & GWST.


Place: Glendon Campus
Time: Wednesday, 9:00am-12:00pm

This course identifies a range of family issues and examines the ways in which feminists have taken them up. It begins by investigating some key questions such as who and what does family include/exclude? how and why do families matter? It explores some of the main issues such as sexuality, unpaid work, violence, child care. Then, drawing on feminist historical and anthropological studies, the course considers the diversity of sex/gender systems that have shaped families in different times and places. It concludes by examining the political issues involved in current debates over family forms, policies and practices.

Course Director: M. Luxton

Family in Politics Project 5%
Book Review/Presentation: 25%
Reading Journal: 20%
Essay/Presentation: 40%
Class Participation and Attendance: 10%

Course Texts:
Bonnie Fox (ed) Family Patterns, Gender Relations (3rd edition) Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2009.
Meg Luxton More Than a Labour of Love: Three Generations of Women's Work in the Home Toronto, Women's Press 2009.

Additional Readings will be announced in the course outline.

Course Credit Exclusions: AP/SOCI 3860 6.00, AP/SOSC 3730 6.00

Projected Enrolment: 25


Place: Keele Campus
Time: Wednesday, 2:30-5:30pm

This course takes a comparative look at gender within the context of legal systems. We begin with a look at the constitutions from a series of countries. Then topics such as marriage, divorce, reproduction freedom, sexual assault and harassment, pay equality, pornography and pornography are examined from and international/comparative perspective. The comparative approach used in the course not only helps students understand gender inequity issues in Canada, but will provide an opportunity to explore alternative solutions to the social issues facing Canadians. It is also an chance for students from other countries, or with specific ethnic or cultural backgrounds or interests, to explore these in their own research projects.

Course Director: P. McDermott
(S731 Ross, x77828)
Country Profile Assignment 25%
Research Proposal 10%
Major Research Project 45%
Seminar Participation & Attendance, Participation, Presentation 20%

Course Texts:
A course kit of readings will be available.
Projected Enrolment: 25
Cross-listed-to: GL/ILST 3600 6.0
Course Credit Exclusion: AK/AS/GL GWST 3512 6.0

Note: Most spaces are reserved for 3rd & 4th year students in GWST


Place: Keele Campus
Time: Tuesday, 8:30-11:30am

This course will look at how food and gender intersect with multiple areas like culture, labour, ethnicity, politics, globalization and the environment. We will examine issues around gender, food and the immigrant experience, and concerns about ethical production and consumption of food. How has food been a focal point of women's activism? What are some of the alternatives in how women as producers and consumers seek social transformation?

Course Director: E. Reiter
(206B Founders, x66634)

[Note: this will be finalized after the class has had a chance to discuss it on the first day]
Critical one page discussion of all of the readings for eight lectures 10%
Class attendance and participation 5%
Class presentations 10%
Research presentation 10%
Paper proposal and bibliography 10%
Paper 35%
Final essay 20%

Course Texts: TBA

Course Director: E. Reiter
(206B Founders, x66634)

Projected Enrolment: 25


Place: Keele Campus
Time: Thursday, 2:30-5:30pm

This course uses a feminist anti-racist lens to explore the increasing intersection of processes of globalization and militarization in what many refer to as ‘the new age of Empire,’ examining in particular the emergence of the security paradigm following the events of September 11, 2001. Grounding ourselves in historical practices and theories of colonialism, imperialism, and globalized capitalism, the course analyzes the new forms of militarized international interventionism and increasingly restrictive border regimes that are emerging in relation to ‘the war on terror’ and related 'democracy-promotion' project, and situates feminist interventions therein. Also of concern is the extent to which this enterprise of militarized interventionism is underpinned by the renewed promotion of fear of the Other, which in turn is supporting and is supported by a growth in various fundamentalisms - political, religious, cultural, economic and social.

The course asks how processes of globalized militarism and militarized globalization are constructed through relations and hierarchies of power, including 'race,' class, gender, and sexuality, and explores the nature and role of forms of contestation and resistance.

Course Director: A. Crosby
(823 YRT, x33691)
Evaluation: (subject to change)
Participation 20%
Critical Analysis Papers 15%
Mid-term Take Home Exam 20%
Research Proposal 10%
Research Paper 20%
Presentations 15%

Course Texts: (subject to change)
Nadje Al-Ali and Nicola Pratt, What Kind of Liberation? Women and the Occupation of Iraq. (University of California Press, 2009)
Robin L. Riley, Chandra Talpade Mohanty and Minnie Bruce Pratt, Feminism and War: Confronting U.S. Imperialism (Zed Books, 2008)
Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity. (Duke University Press, 2003)
Melissa W. Wright, Disposable Women and Other Myths of Global Capitalism. (Routledge, 2006)
Projected Enrolment: 25

Note: Most spaces are reserved for 3rd & 4th year students in GWST


Place: Keele Campus
Time: Tuesday, 11:30am-2:30pm

This course analyzes select women's memoirs written in European languages other than English in the period following WWII, texts that are translated for contemporary readers. It also analyzes limitations of genre, taking into account primary contradictions, literary and historical. Students will investigates extreme contexts in which first-person knowledge is embedded. The historical focus is the Holocaust, the Porrajmos and the events of World War II. Thus, the course examines alternatives to memoir when generic prejudice inhibits representations of difficult memory. In addition, students ask about the jurisdictional advantages of the limit-case, the testimonial value of irregular life writing texts.

Course Director: M. Kadar
(311 Founders, x66926)

Oral Presentation 25%
Five Short Reading Response Papers 25%
Research Paper 25%
Translation Round Table 10%
Attendance/Participation 10%
Final In-Class Test on Critical Terms 5%

Course Texts:
Erlichman Miller, Joy. Love Carried Me Home: Women Surviving Auschwitz.
Selections. Deerfield Beach, Florida: Simcha P, 2000.
Herbermann, Nanda. The Blessed Abyss: Inmate #6582 in Ravensbrück Concentration Camp for Women. Trans. Hester Baer. Eds. Hester and Elizabeth R. Baer. Detroit: Wayne State U P, 2000.
Karpf, Anne. The War After: Living with the Holocaust. London: Minerva/Random House, 1996.
Kopka, Janos. Jewish Memories in the Upper Tisa Region. Trans. Tamas Vrauko. Selections. Nyiregyhaza: Kelet Press, 2004.
Krause, Johanna with Carolyn Gammon and Christiane Hemker. Twice Persecuted: Surviving in Nazi
Germany and Communist East Germany. Trans. Carolyn Gammon. Life Writing Series. Waterloo: WLUP, 2007.
"Oshwitsate," Trans. Ronald Lee in Marlene Kadar, "The Devouring," Tracing the Autobiographical . Eds. Marlene Kadar et al. Waterloo: WLUP, 2005: p. 242 and 246 only.
Perl, Gisella. I Was a Doctor in Auschwitz. New York: 1948.
Reinhartz, Henia. Bits and Pieces. The Azrieli Series of Holocaust Survivor Memoirs. Series 1. Toronto: Azrieli Foundation, 2007.
Schiff, Vera. A Theresienstadt Diary: Letters to Veruska. 2005.

Texts: Theory and Criticism:
Ames, Deborah Lee. "The Community of Camp Sisters: Bonds of Support, Bonds of Subversion," Women's Life Writing and Imagined Communities. Ed. Cynthia Huff. New York: Routledge, 2005.


Place: Keele Campus
Time: Tuesday, 4:00pm-7:00pm

This advanced seminar delves deeply into historical, contemporary and newly burgeoning theories that are central to critical sexuality studies. It examines psychoanalytic, existential, post-structural, postcolonial, transgender, and critical disability theories of sexuality from a feminist and intersectional philosophical perspective. It focuses on questions of epistemology, ontology, phenomenology, and subjectivity as each relates to sexuality or sexualities as historical, social, and political events. Topics this course explores can vary from year to year and may include sexual shame and pride, desire, sexual love, hate and ambivalence, sexual or erotic racism and classism, sexual power, ability, knowledge and experience, sexual pain and pleasure, sexual abjection, and sexual resistances. Students in this course must be prepared to actively participate in class, work cooperatively, think and write critically, and lead seminars on course texts. They will also have an introductory background in critical sexuality studies (i.e., SXST/GWST 2600).

Prerequisite: AP/GL/SXST & GWST2600 6.00.
Course Director: F. Latchford
(Subject to change at discretion of Instructor)
Fall Seminar 15%
Group Assignment 15%
Winter Seminar 15%
Final Essay 25%
Participation 20%

Course Texts: TBA
Projected Enrolment: 25

Note: All spaces are reserved for 3rd & 4th year students in SXST & GWST


Place: Keele Campus
Time: Friday, 11:30am-2:30pm

Provides an advanced introduction to research methods in sexuality studies, with emphasis on critical perspectives. Students learn about research methods used by scholars in the humanities, social sciences, professional studies and the fine arts. The course also introduces students to research ethics. Students may complete a major research project on local, transnational or global topics.

Prerequisite: AP/GL/SXST & GWST2600 6.00.
Course Director: T. Atluri
Evaluation: TBA
Course Texts: TBA
Projected Enrolment: 25

Note: All spaces are reserved for 3rd & 4th year students in SXST & GWST