Women's and Gender Studies Courses

WGST 112.3 — 1/2(3L)

Introduction to Womens and Gender Studies

Introduces students to selected research and writings in the area of Women's and Gender Studies, emphasizing the diversity of debates informing the field. Examines changing gendered positions and representations across regional, national and international perspectives. Special attention will be given to experiences of gender inequities from the Canadian context.

WGST 201.3 — 1/2(3L/2L-1T)

Images of Gender and Sexuality in Popular Culture

An introduction to the ways gender, sexuality and identity are represented and produced in popular culture, mainstream media and populist feminist culture. Focuses on critical analysis and intervention, the production of culture and a variety of cultural forms, mainstream media and representational practices.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of 30 credit units at the university level or permission of the WGST Coordinator.
Note: May be used as Humanities or Social Science credit.

WGST 204.3 — 1/2(3L)

Gender and Popular Music

The relationship between gender, sexuality, and music; four main themes to be explored, namely rock culture, masculinities and music, femininities and music, and image and identity in music.

Prerequisite(s): 30 credit units at the university level or permission of the WGST Coordinator.
Note: May be used as Humanities or Social Science credit.

WGST 210.3 — 1/2(3L)

Gendered Perspectives on Current Events

Interdisciplinary examination of current events relating to gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity, ability and class. Special attention will be paid to how recent/ ongoing wars, ecological crises, terrorism, economic recession, etc., impact the lives of women, children and subaltern men, and how such events are represented in mainstream and alternative media.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of 30 credit units at the university level or permission of the WGST Coordinator.
Note: May be used as Humanities or Social Science credit.

WGST 220.3 — 1(3L)

Queering the Terrain Cultural Space and Queer Theory

Locates queer embodiments, performances and projects in local, national and transnational contexts. What is made visible and invisible in performance theory, constructions/appropriations of the deviant, and the complex shifts in queer space taking place through globalization? How are effects produced as queer across interwoven spaces?

Permission of the instructor required.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of 30 credit units at the university level.
Note: WGST 110 or 112 is strongly recommended.

WGST 235.3 — 3L

Representation Embodiment and the City Part I Saskatoon

Initiates international study locally, grounding experiential learning in Saskatoon with a theoretical framework that addresses the interventions that artists/activists seek to make in urban spaces. The course will explore five themes: Gender and Art-making; Memorialization; Metropolis as Meeting Place of Bodies; Racialization of Urban Space; and Spatial Relations.

Prerequisite(s): 30 credit units at the University.
Note: WGST 110 or 112 is recommended.

WGST 240.3 — 2(3L)

Contemporary Body Projects Refashioning the Self in Everyday Life

The body is fundamental to our sense of self and identity. This course explores the ways in which bodies are constituted in everyday life through the intersections of class, gender, ableness, sexual orientation, age, ethnicity and race.

 

Prerequisite(s): WGST 110.6 or 30 credit units of university course work

WGST 250.3 — 1/2(3L)

Performing Masculinities

Introduces students to core theorists in masculinity studies and examines how "masculinities" circulate in, and are structured by diverse economic and political contexts, social conventions and cultural spaces. Explores the ideological underpinnings of the category "masculinity", its shifting and contested meanings, and alternative possibilities for thinking and mobilizing the masculine.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of 30 credit units at the university level, or permission of the WGST Coordinator. Note: May be used as Humanities or Social Science credit.

WGST 290.3 — 1/2(3L)

Feminist Representational Strategies Selected Topics

Considers shifts in the directions and impact of feminist critical thought and diverse practices of cultural production. Offered occasionally as faculty resources permit, the topic will vary in accordance with the research interests of the instructor, student demand and new developments in the field.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of 30 credit units at the university level or permission of the WGST Coordinator.
Note: May be used as Humanities or Social Science credit.

WGST 298.3 — 1/2(3L)

Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

WGST 299.6 — 1&2(3L)

Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

WGST 311.3 — 1/2(3L)

Contemporary Feminist Theories

Through interdisciplinary and intersectional frameworks, this course focuses on selected feminist theories that examine gender in contemporary life, analyzing the shift from what is known as 'Second Wave' to 'Third Wave' Feminisms. A variety of feminist theories will be considered with a focus on diversity, power relations and subjectivity.

Prerequisite(s): WGST 112.3, and 6 credit units in WGST and/or cognate courses, or permission of the WGST Coordinator. 
Note: PHIL 227 is recommended. May be used as Humanities or Social Science credit.

WGST 312.3 — 1/2(3L)

Feminist Research Methodologies

Examines various feminist methodologies and approaches to the formal construction of knowledge. A survey of the major methods of research in diverse fields is presented in the context of feminist critique and epistemology. Androcentric bias, feminist epistemology, ethics and subjectivity are central themes of the course.

Prerequisite(s): WGST 110, or 6 credit units WGST and/or cognate courses, or permission of the WGST Coordinator.
Note: Students with credit for WGST 398 Special Topics: Feminism and the Construction of Knowledge may not take this course for credit. May be used as Social Science credit.

WGST 315.3 — 1/2(3S)

Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Transnational Feminisms

Constructed notions of gender and sexuality are profoundly implicated in uneven economic development; poverty and disadvantage accrues to women and feminized positions in both one and two-thirds worlds. How do women, men, non-governmental, state and intergovernmental organizations respond to resulting crises? What alternatives are envisioned by transnational feminisms?

Prerequisite(s): 30 credit units of university courses including at least 6 credit units of WGST and/or cognate courses; or permission of the WGST Coordinator.
Note: May be used as Humanities or Social Science credit.

WGST 320.3 — 1/2(3S)

Reading on the Edge Feminist and Queer Cultural Texts

Provides advanced critical interdisciplinary consideration of reading practices; theoretical, literary and media-based, in the context of feminist and queer interventions in "dominant" narratives of gender, sexuality, race, ability, nationality. We will employ intersectional analysis that understands cultural production, reproduction, circulation, and reception to be historically and ideologically situated.

Prerequisite(s): WGST 112.3, and 6 credit units in WGST and/or cognate courses, or permission of WGST Coordinator. Note: May be used as Humanities or Social Science credit

WGST 324.3 — 2(3S)

Rebels With A Cause Feminism and the Visual Arts

Examines contemporary feminist art since the 1970s, specifically: 1) diverse strategies of representing the female body and women's heterogeneous cultural experiences, 2) shifting relationships between art/activism, theory/practice, private/public spheres, Canadian/international contexts, and 3) the ways practices of making, exhibiting and writing about art have intersected feminist thought.

Prerequisite(s): WGST 110.6 or WGST 201.3 or permission of the WGST Coordinator.

WGST 335.3 — (3S)

Representation Embodiment and the City New York

Brings intersectional gender-based analysis to advanced study of the effects of representational processes on possibilities for identity formations in an international cosmopolitan center. Experiential learning engages five previously established themes: Gender and Art-making, Memorialization, the Metropolis as Meeting Place of Bodies, Racialization of Union Space, and Spatial Relations.

Prerequisite(s): WGST 235.3 and completion of 30 credit units at the university. Note: WGST 110 or 112 is recommended.

WGST 355.3 — 1/2(2L-1S)

The Celluloid Cyborg: A Course in Technotheory and Cyberpunk

An interdisciplinary examination of selected literary and cinematic representations of cyberspace and the figure of the female cyborg in the context of feminist technotheory.

Prerequisite(s): 60 credit units at the university level, or permission of the WGST Coordinator 
Note: This course is offered in a 3-hour block in order to accommodate 3 feature-length films. Students with credit for WGST 398 Special Topics the Celluloid Cyborg may not take WGST 355 for credit. May be used as a Humanities.

WGST 390.3 — 1/2(3S)

Gender in Interdisciplinary Contexts Selected Topics

Examines the ways diverse disciplinary projects have intersected with feminist studies. Whether co-taught, to provide an overview of converging approaches, or delving more deeply into a particular theme, the course is offered occasionally and topics vary in response to instructor and student interests, and developments in the field.

Prerequisite(s): 30 credit units of university courses including at least 6 credit units of WGST and/or cognate courses; or permission of the WGST Coordinator.
Note: May be used as Humanities or Social Science credit. Students may take this course more than once for credit, provided the topic covered in each offering differs substantially. Students must consult the Department to ensure that the topics covered are different.

WGST 398.3 — 1/2(3S/3L)

Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

WGST 399.6 — 1&2(3S/3L)

Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

WGST 400.0 — 1/2(3S)

Honours Colloquium

Oral presentation of an academic paper in the department. The presentation is normally based on a paper already prepared, or in preparation, for a third- or fourth-year WGST seminar course.

Permission of the WGST Coordinator required.

Prerequisite(s): At least 3 credit units of 400-level WGST.
Note: WGST 400 is required in all Honours programs. Application for Honours must be made at least 18 months in advance of expected graduation date so requirement can be met.

WGST 409.3 — 1/2(3S-1T)

Understanding Western Patriarchy

Examination of a selection of texts which helped to shape gender, race, class, and ethnic arrangements in Western culture from 1700 BCE to the early 20th Century. The focus will be on influential sacred, legal, philosophical, and political writings that made the emergence of feminist thought and the rise of political feminism both necessary and possible.

Permission of the WGST Coordinator required.

Prerequisite(s): 18 credit units WGST and/or cognate courses, including at least two of WGST 311, 312, PHIL 227, HIST 347, RLST 359.
Note: Students with credit for WGST 309 may not take this course.

WGST 410.3 — 1/2(3S)

Gender Sexualities and Culture Senior Seminar

An advanced seminar on a theme within the Gender, Sexualities and Cultural Studies thematic area of the WGST program. The theme will vary from year to year in accordance with the research interests of the instructor and new developments in the field. Student presentations and discussions will be emphasized.

Permission of the WGST Coordinator.

Prerequisite(s): 18 credit units WGST and/or cognate courses, including at least one of WGST 311, 312.
Note: May be used as Humanities or Social Science credit. Students may take this course more than once for credit, provided the topic covered in each offering differs substantially. Students must consult the Department to ensure that the topics covered are different.

WGST 411.3 — 1/2(3S)

Situated Transnational Feminisms

Examines women's and allied efforts to organize across national borders with focus on: social movements and self-advocacy; innovative uses of human rights and international change instruments; efforts to reduce poverty and create access to citizenship in processes of cooperation and conflict; critiques of economic "development", land use, and environmental damage.

Permission of the WGST Coordinator required.

Note: May be used as Humanities or Social Science credit.

WGST 490.3 — 1/2(3S)

Gender Culture and Political Struggle Selected Topics

Examines critical and creative crosscurrents that surface at sites where gender, culture and political struggle converge. Designed for advanced students , specific topics addressed in this course will vary according to instructor and student interests and emergent issues in the field.

Permission of the WGST Coordinator required.

Prerequisite(s): 18 credit units WGST and/or cognate courses, including WGST 311.3, 312.3. 
Note: May be used as Humanities or Social Science credit.

WGST 498.3 — 1/2(3S)

Special Topics - Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

WGST 499.6 — 1&2(3S)

Special Topics - Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations. Students interested in these courses should contact the department for more information.

WGST 898.3

Special Topics - Offered occasionally in special situations. Students interested in these courses should contact the department for more information.

WGST 899.6

Special Topics - Offered occasionally in special situations. Students interested in these courses should contact the department for more information.

WGST 990

Seminar - Reports and discussion of current research.

WGST 994

Research - Students writing a Master's thesis must register for this course.