Gender Today: Exploring Gender in Contemporary Contexts

Faculty
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department
Gender, Sexualities and Women’s Studies
Course Code
GSWS 2101
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
35
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Seminar
Typically Offered
To be determined
Campus
Online

Overview

Course Description
Building upon the foundational concepts introduced in GSWS 1100 and/or 1101, this course will involve an in-depth and interdisciplinary exploration of contemporary gender experiences, theories and issues. This exploration will focus on one or more themes, such as gender representations in popular culture, bodies and reproduction and/or gendered violence.
Course Content

Course content will include:

  • focus on contemporary gender themes and concepts;
  • foundation in relevant feminist and queer theory;
  • application of intersectional analysis; and
  • interdisciplinary approaches to thematic content.

Course content may include:

  • analysis of literary works, film or other popular media; and/or
  • required attendance at a relevant off-campus event.
Methods Of Instruction

The course will employ a number of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some or all of the following:

  • small and large group discussions;
  • audio-visual materials;
  • internet exploration;
  • interviews;
  • seminar presentations;
  • instructor comments on student work; and/or
  • lectures (including guest lectures).
Means of Assessment
Instructors will follow the parameters laid out in the College Evaluation Policy. Specific evaluation criteria will be provided by the instructor at the beginning of the semester and will vary according to the instructor’s assessment of appropriate evaluation methods and the selected theme of the course. Instructors will use a balance of assignments to assess learning, such as:
 
  • journal writing;
  • participating in class discussion;
  • essays;
  • research papers;
  • oral presentations (individual and/or group);
  • community life research;
  • tests or quizzes; and/or
  • essay-type exams.
A sample grade breakdown for this course might be as follows:
 
Course journal 20%
Research paper 30%
Midterm exam 15%
Group project 15%
Final exam 20%
Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, successful students should be able to:

  1. debate and explore the relationship between gender and biological sex;
  2. interrogate contemporary gender concepts such as the gender binary, gender fluidity and the gender spectrum;
  3. understand and discuss the ways in which social/cultural definitions of gender are affected by intersectional identities and experiences;
  4. engage with feminist and queer theories to analyze contemporary gender issues and social justice struggles; and
  5. apply the course concepts and theories to analyze and interpret particular topics as identified within the course framework.
Textbook Materials

A list of required texts and reading materials is provided on the instructor's course outline, which is available to students at the beginning of each semester. An instructor's course reader may be required.

Sample Reading Lists:

Sample Theme A: Bodies and Reproduction

Judith Lorber and Lisa Jean Moore, Gendered Bodies: Feminist Perspectives (OUP 2011).
Stephanie Patterson et al (eds), Fertile Ground: Exploring Reproduction in Canada (MQUP 2014).
Londa Schiebinger, ed, Feminism and the Body (OUP 2000).
Rickie Solinger, Reproductive Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know (OUP 2013).

Sample Theme B: Gendered Violence

Kim Anderson, A Recognition of Being: Reconstructing Native Womanhood (Women's Press 2016).
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me (Spiegel & Grau 2015).
Dean Spade, Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of the Law (Duke 2015).
Loretta Ross and Elena Gutierrez, Undivided Rights: Women of Colour Organizing for Reproductive Justice (Haymarket 2016).

Requisites

Prerequisites

Corequisites

None.

Equivalencies

None.

Requisite for

None.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Alexander College (ALEX) ALEX SOSC 1XX (3) 2017/01/01 to -
Athabasca University (AU) AU WGST 3XX (3) 2017/01/01 to -
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU WGST 250 (3) 2017/01/01 to -
College of New Caledonia (CNC) CNC PSYC 2XX (3) 2017/01/01 to -
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU SOCI 2240 (3) 2017/01/01 to -
Langara College (LANG) LANG WMST 2XXX (3) 2017/01/01 to -
North Island College (NIC) NIC SSC 2XX (3) 2017/01/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU GSWS 210 (3) 2017/01/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO GWST 216 (3) 2017/01/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC WMST 103 (3) 2017/01/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV SOC 2XX (3) 2017/01/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC GNDR 219 (1.5) 2017/01/01 to -
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU SWAG 200 (3) or VIU WOST 201 (3) 2017/01/01 to 2018/12/31
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU SWAG 200 (3) or VIU SWAG 201 (3) 2019/01/01 to -

Course Offerings

Fall 2020

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
36545
Wed
08-Sep-2020
- 07-Dec-2020
08-Sep-2020
07-Dec-2020
Mennill
Sally
Waitlist
Online
This section will examine the topic of Reproductive Justice.

This course will include synchronous on-line activities. Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
31
4
1
Days
Building
Room
Time
Wed
9:30 - 12:20