CORE COURSES (with “WGS” prefix)


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 for course enrolment procedures.

  • An upper level seminar.  Subjects of study vary from year to year.

    Recommended preparation: WGS160Y1

  • An upper level seminar.  Subjects of study vary from year to year.

    Recommended Preparation:  WGS160Y1

  • An upper level course. Subjects of study vary from year to year.

    Recommended preparation: WGS160Y1

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • An upper level course.  Subjects of study vary from year to year.

    Recommended preparation: WGS160Y1

  • An upper level course.  Subjects of study vary from year to year.

    Recommended preparation: WGS160Y1

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

    Normally offered in the summer session.

  • 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

  • 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

    Normally offered in the summer session.  Not offered in fall/winter 2021-2022.

  • 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; WGS271Y

  • 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

  • Comics aren't new, and graphic novels aren't either, but feminists have built a rich array of stories about consciousness, resistance, and coming of age in this genre that warrant scholarly attention.  In this case, we will read graphic novels for their subtelties, thinking about what picture and text make possible in the exploration of emotion, interconnection, and identity.  Reading about resistance to marriage in Ay of Yop City, a child's view of revolution in Perspolis, parent child reckoning in Fun Home, and loneliness in Skim will advance students' understandings of the power of narrative and the pictorial displacement of innocence.

    Recommended Preparation:  WGS160Y1

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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