Women’s Studies is a dynamic and interdisciplinary field that focuses on issues of social justice and equality. Our department’s expertise encapsulates a wide array of strengths across feminist theory and various feminist approaches to health studies, media studies, history, globalization and development studies, critical race theory, philosophy, law, writing studies and literature, and visual culture, as well as significant work in queer theory and sexuality studies. In our teaching and scholarship we aim to cultivate engaged, informed, socially conscious citizens, able to constructively address issues of oppression, systemic and institutional disadvantage, and structures of privilege—often invisible—in local and global society. We provide our students with the analytical and practical tools that enable them to engage critically and responsibly with the world, to interact respectfully with others, and to pursue a variety of career paths.
We are one of only a few units across the University recognized as a Department in both the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Faculty of Social Science. Further, we have a rich network of Affiliate faculty members appointed in many other departments across Western who are integral members of our learning community. We also promote feminist scholarship through provision for resident scholars, a Distinguished Speakers Series, faculty colloquia, annual conferences (including a graduate conference, and Flaunting It!, our annual undergraduate conference on gender and sexuality). We also have an active and lively Women’s Studies Students’ Collective, which organizes talks and social events and annually publishes selected undergraduate essays in Tulips.
We offer degree modules in Women’s Studies, Feminist Theory, Sexuality Studies, Gender, Sexuality and Culture, as well as Masters and PhD programs.
The Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research at Western is committed to inclusivity and equity in all aspects of departmental life and therefore welcomes students of all genders and gender identities, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, classes, abilities, and other dimensions of diversity. Faculty, staff and students constantly strive to create an atmosphere that is cognizant and respectful of diversity in all of its forms.