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LAKEHEAD CALENDAR 2009-2010

Lakehead 2009-2010 Academic Courses Undergraduate Courses Women's Studies Courses Women's Studies Core Courses
Women's Studies Core Courses

Courses not offered this academic year (fall/winter terms) are indicated by the words "NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR" below the course description. Nevertheless, students should refer to the Timetable as a final check.

(Information about Course Numbering System)

Women's Studies 1100      Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
Credit Weight: 1.0
Description: An interdisciplinary introduction, the course explores intersections of gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, age and other socially/historically shaped dimensions of identity. Discussions will include such topics as media, health, work, poverty, body and sexuality, violence, law and creativity, in local and global contexts.
Notes: Women's Studies 1100 fulfills a group I or group II program requirement.
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Women's Studies 2111      Special Topics
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: The content of this single term course will vary from year to year to suit student needs and faculty expertise. The topic will be announced in advance by the Department of Women's Studies and may be offered as a double-listed course with another department.
SpecialTopic: Y
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: The course may be taken more than once, provided that each section covers a different topic.
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Women's Studies 2112      Research and Writing in Women's Studies
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Women's Studies 1100 or permission of instructor
Description: Approaches to feminist research and writing will be explored. Students will develop critical skills to recognize gender and other biases in research and learn practical tools to conduct research from a feminist perspective. Ethics, reflexivity and questions raised by feminist research will also be addressed.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Women's Studies 2113      Women, Popular Culture and Counter Culture
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Women's Studies 1100 or permission of instructor
Description: An interdisciplinary exploration of women, popular culture and resistance, this course examines the relationship between feminism, femininity and cultural texts such as films, television, pulp fiction, music, blogs and zines. Group work and on-line assignments are integral to the course.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Women's Studies 2114      Ecofeminism
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Women's Studies 1100 or permission of the instructor
Description: Using an interdisciplinary approach and a foundation in feminist theory, students will explore the connections between women and "nature" in North America and transnationally. Opportunities are presented for pursuing more specialized and/or applied topics of interest. Format includes critical analysis of the scholarly literature, class discussion, presentation, and writing assignments, including reflexive work.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Students who have previously taken Women's Studies 3110 may not take Women's Studies 2114 for credit.
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Women's Studies 2317      History of Women and the Law
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Women's Studies 1100 or History 1100 or permission of the instructor
Description: Working from an historical perspective, the course content will examine such questions as: what does it mean to be legally constructed? To what extent does legal culture in conjunction with social surveillance limit women's lives? How have women acted outside the law and in resistance to it? Course readings will include case law, statutes and jurisprudence. Group discussion will be encouraged.
Cross-List(s): History 2317/Political Science 2317
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Women's Studies 2711      Women's Action for Social Change
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Women's Studies 1100 or History 1100 or permission of the instructor
Description: An historical overview of women's involvement in the key international social movements from the 19th century to the present. Discussion topics include passivism, civil rights, Aboriginal sovereignty, sexual liberation, food security and anti-globalization. This course includes a community service component.
Cross-List(s): History 2711
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Women's Studies 3010      Theorizing Women' and Gender to the Late 20th Century
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Women's Studies 1100
Description: An overview of the history of feminist theories and strategies from the 15th to the late 20th centuries. Key feminist theoretical traditions will be explored within their larger socio-political and philosophical contexts.
Offering: 3-0; 0-0
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Women's Studies 3030      Feminisms Without Borders?
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Women's Studies 1100 and 3010
Description: An introductory examination of the questions, tensions and debates within contemporary feminist theory from the late 20th Century to the present. To what extent are borders between gender and other axes of identity fixed and/or fluid? To what degree do contemporary theoretical positions account for material inequalities and lived experiences of marginalization?
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Women's Studies 3111      Special Topics
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Women's Studies 1100
Description: The content of this single term course will vary from year to year to suit student needs and faculty expertise. The topic will be announced in advance by the Women's Studies Program and may be offered as a double-listed course with a department.
SpecialTopic: Y
Notes: The course may be taken more than once, provided that each section covers a different topic.
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Women's Studies 3131      Women and Science
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Women's Studies 1100 or permission of instructor
Description: Students will consider ideas from the scholarly literature and address such questions as: Who were/are the women scientists from the Western culture and transnationally? What is feminist science? To what extent do scientific culture, our knowledge and knowledge production have a masculine bias? Format includes critical analysis of readings, class discussion, presentation, and writing, including reflexive work.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Student who have previously taken Women's Studies 2110 may not take Women's Studies 3131 for credit.
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Women's Studies 3213      Gender Bodies and Sexuality
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An introduction to feminist theorizing on gender, body and sexuality through writings from Women's Studies and cognate fields. Instructor and students together will explore such themes as the effects of power and control on individual, social and political bodies, agency and resistance, the performative body and trans/gressive and trans/formative bodies in a global context.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Women's Studies 3214      Queer Studies
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Women's Studies 1100
Description: An overview of queer challenges to binary definitions of gender and sexuality. Queer theory will be explored and applied to popular culture.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Women's Studies 3360      Feminist Engagement with the Law
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Women's Studies 2317 or 2711 or permission of the instructor
Description: A critical analysis of the Canadian legal system which problematises such legal categories as 'woman', 'spouse', 'parent', 'refugee', and 'Indian', with particular attention to the ways in which legal categories render invisible intersecting aspects of women's identities. The course also examines the ways in which women's daily lives are regulated and constrained by law, and how feminists challenge and resist the law and legal categories. Students are expected to read case, law, legislation, legislative debates and jurisprudence.
Cross-List(s): Political Science 3360
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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Women's Studies 3819      First Nations Women's Writing
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: See Department of English, Courses, for full course description.
Cross-List(s): English 3819/Indigenous Learning 3819
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Women's Studies 4010      Honours Colloquium
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Advanced colloquium for fourth-year Women's Studies Honour's Majors. Contemporary issues in the field of women's studies will be explored. The specific thematic focus of the course will be negotiated annually in relation to student interests.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in an honours program in Women's Studies.
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Women's Studies 4110      Special Topics
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Women's Studies 1100 and one FCE in Women's Studies at the third year level, or permission of the instructor
Description: This senior seminar examines selected topics in Women's Studies at an advanced level.
SpecialTopic: Y
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Women's Studies 4112      Women's Sport and Leisure
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Women's Studies 1100
Description: A historical and contemporary overview of the construction of sport and recreation in relation to women's bodies. The course will examine such questions as: when and under what conditions were and are women included in the sporting community? How has sport been connected to constructions of femininity and masculinity? Is gender equity in sport an adequate goal? How can non-competitive models of sport and leisure be developed?
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Women's Studies 4113      Law & Literature, Feminist Perspectives
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Women's Studies 1100
Description: A feminist analysis of legal themes in contemporary and canonical popular literary texts. This course explores the relationship between literature and law, and examines how both structure women's legal identities as they intersect with race, class, ability, age and sexuality from the early-modern period to the present day.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Women's Studies 4114      Transnational and Global Feminisms
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Women's Studies 1100
Description: An exploration of how women around the world define women's issues in the context of their own cultures and histories. Instructor and students will discuss connections across cultures and between the local and global such indigenous human rights, poverty, security of borders and bodies, water and food, housing and access to resources, literacy, religion, and relations of globalization.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Women's Studies 4901      Honours Thesis
Credit Weight: 1.0
Description: Women's Studies Majors may apply to substitute a fourth-year Honour's Thesis for one FCE Group A or Group B course(s) at the fourth-year level. Requirements are a minimum 80% in the Women's Studies major, and approval from a supervisor within the Women's Studies Department at the supervisor's discretion. Students must present a written preliminary plan of study and obtain written permission from the Women's Studies supervisor before registering for this option.
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in an honours program in Women's Studies.
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