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INTERSESSION AND SUMMER 2013

INTERSESSION COURSES - MAY 13th to JUNE 21st, 2013

WS 1022F Gender, Justice and Change

Instructor: Jenn Chisholm
Tues and Thurs 4:30 to 7:30 pm
Location: SH 2355
Course outline
The 21st century is a period of accelerating change focused around issues of gender, justice and activism. This course will introduce students to the ways in which movements for justice and change are informed by and take up gender issues in matters of education, health, poverty, globalization, the environment, etc.



DISTANCE STUDIES (ONLINE) COURSES - MAY 6th to JULY 26th, 2013

WS 2243F Gender, Sexuality and Disability
Course outline
Instructor: Jenn Epp
This interdisciplinary course brings a critical lens to the study of disability, sexuality and gender. Employing critical disability studies and feminist, critical sexuality and queer theories, students will explore and question issues affecting the sexual lives, gender expressions, and subjectivities of people with disabilities.

WS 2244 Women and Health

Course outline
Instructor: Andrea Allen
This course provides an overview of historical, social, economic, political and biological influences on women's health. Using a feminist perspective, both experiential and theoretically based knowledge will be explored through the process of critical reflection.
Antirequisite: WS 2154. 3 hours, 1.0 course


FALL AND WINTER 2012 - 2013

Course List
Course Suffixes:
No suffix - full course
A - first term half course
B - second term half course
E - essay full course
F - first term essay half course
G - second term essay half course

WS 1020E - INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN’S STUDIES
WS 1021F - INTRODUCTION TO SEXUALITY STUDIES
WS 1022G - GENDER, JUSTICE AND CHANGE
WS 2140 - WOMEN IN CANADIAN HISTORY
WS 2158A - WOMEN ARTISTS AND THEIR UNCONVENTIONAL IMAGES OF WOMEN
WS 2152B - JEWISH WOMEN ARTISTS AND PATRONS OF THE 20TH CENTURY
WS 2160A - INTIMATE RELATIONS: SEX, GENDER AND LOVE
WS 2161B - WOMEN AND POPULAR CULTURE: GARBO TO GAGA
WS 2205F - MAKING MEN: CRITICAL STUDIES IN MASCULINITY
WS 2220E - FEMINIST THEORY AND PRACTICE ACROSS THE DISCIPLINES
WS 2240F - FEMINIST THEORY
WS 2244 - WOMEN AND HEALTH (previously WS 2154)
WS 2260 - WOMEN LAW AND SOCIAL CHANGE (previously WS 2270A/B Legal Problems affecting women)
WS 2263G - FEMINIST TOPICS IN SEXUALITY STUDIES: RACE, CLASS AND SEXUALITY
WS 2273E - SEXUAL SUBJECTS
WS 2283G - DESIRING WOMEN
WS 3321F - ADVANCED TOPICS IN FEMINIST THEORY AND PRACTICE IN THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES
WS 3322G - ADVANCED TOPICS IN FEMINIST THEORY AND PRACTICE IN SOCIAL SCIENCES
WS 3358G - INTERSECTIONAL FRAMEWORKS FOR HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE:
THEORY, RESEARCH AND PRACTICE

WS 3359F - MOTHERHOOD AND MOTHERING IN THE GLOBAL CONTEXT: ISSUES, DISCOURSE, AND IMAGES
WS 3363F - GENDER VIOLENCE AND WOMEN'S EXPERIENCE
WS 3373G - SEX WORKS, RIGHTS AND WOMEN'S AGENCY
WS 4460G - AN INTRODUCTION TO TRANSGENDER STUDIES
WS 4456G - FEMINISM, BIOPOLITICS, AND COLONIAL CRITIQUE
WS 4461F - (M)AD WOMEN: (POST)-FEMINISM, ADVERTISING, AND ACTIVISM
WS 4463G - SCREENING SEX





WS 1020E INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN’S STUDIES
Instructors: Kim Verwaayen sec 001
Mary Bunch and Jennifer Chisholm sec 002


Section 001 class times: Mondays 1:30 - 3:30 pm
plus one hour tutorial
Course outline

Section 002 class times: Wednesdays 6:00 - 8:00 pm
plus one hour tutorial
Course outline

An introductory and interdisciplinary survey of the status of women in contemporary, historical, and cross-cultural perspective, this course explores how gender and other differences are established or challenged through various institutional and individual practices. With a focus on feminist resistance to sexual, socio-cultural, economic, racial, and political oppression worldwide, we will appraise the implications of these practices for women’s everyday lives.
2 lecture hours plus one hour tutorial, 1.0 course.

 


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WS 1021F INTRODUCTION TO SEXUALITY STUDIES
Instructor: Chris Roulston
Class times: Wednesdays 1:30 - 3:30 pm plus one hour tutorial
Course outline

We will be introducing students to current social and political issues in sexuality studies, with a focus on contemporary issues around sexuality, including formation of sexual identities, sexual practices and politics, policing of sexuality, questions of sexual diversity, and the historical and global nature of ideas and controversies around sexuality.
2 hours plus a one hour tutorial, 0.5 course

 

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WS 1022G GENDER, JUSTICE AND CHANGE
Instructor: Bipasha Baruah
Class times: Wednesdays 1:30 - 3:30 pm plus one hour tutorial
Course outline

The 21st century is a period of accelerating change focused around issues of gender, justice and activism. This course will introduce students to the ways in which movements for justice and change are informed by and take up gender issues in matters of education, health, poverty, globalization, the environment, etc. 2 hours plus a one hour tutorial, 0.5 course

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WS 2140 WOMEN IN CANADIAN HISTORY - online course
Instructor: Marilla McCargar
Course outline

This course is a survey of Canadian women's history from first European contact to the 1960s, with a focus on the realities of women's lived experience as recorded through biography.
Antirequisite WS2139A/B or HIS2182A/B. 3 hours, 1.0 course

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WS 2152B JEWISH WOMEN ARTISTS AND PATRONS OF THE 20TH CENTURY
Instructor: Sonia Halpern
Class times: Tuesdays 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Course outline

This slide-illustrated course examines Jewish women artists and patrons of the twentieth century in order to understand their contributions to the visual arts in the decades preceding and following the Holocaust. We will explore how these women struggled with and reacted to anti-Semitism and sexism in the art world, and in society generally. 3 hours, 0.5 course

 

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WS 2158A WOMEN ARTISTS AND THEIR UNCONVENTIONAL IMAGES OF WOMEN
Instructor: Sonia Halpern
Class times: Tuesdays 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Course outline

This slide-illustrated course will examine unconventional images of women created by women artists from the sixteenth to late twentieth centuries. The general social conditions of various periods, artistic convention, and artist biography will be discussed in order to illuminate the nonconformity of biblical, historical, and fictional images of women which women artists have rendered in a variety of media. 3 hours, 0.5 course

 

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WS 2160A INTIMATE RELATIONS: SEX, GENDER AND LOVE
Instructors: Wendy Pearson and guest lecturers
Class times: Mondays 4:30 - 7:30 pm
Course outline

Intimate Relations focuses on how expectations of intimacy and relationships rely on particular understandings of love, sex, sexuality and bodies to shape how we experience ourselves as gendered and sexual beings. The course considers how intimacy (sexual, maternal, familial, affectionate) is understood in relation to history, philosophy, health, society and popular culture. 3 hours, 0.5 course

 

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WS 2161B WOMEN AND POPULAR CULTURE: GARBO TO GAGA
Instructor: Wendy Pearson and Susan Knabe
Class times: Mondays 4:30 -7:30 pm
Course oultine

How are women represented in popular culture? Women’s images in the media, from newspaper and magazines to television, film and music videos produce particular notions of what it means to be a woman, be feminine, etc. We will examine both the historical and contemporary roles of women in popular culture. 3 hours, 0.5 course

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WS 2205F MAKING MEN: CRITICAL STUDIES IN MASCULINITY
Instructor: Michael Kehler
Class meets: Mondays 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Course outline

This course examines how historical and contemporary constructions of masculinity have shaped our understanding of what it means to act and be male in our society. It draws on critical gender theory to interrogate how issues associated with maleness and masculinity interact with questions of race, class, gender and sexuality. 3 hours, 0.5 course

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WS 2220E FEMINIST THEORY AND PRACTICE ACROSS THE DISCIPLINES
Instructor: Kim Verwaayen and Erica Lawson
Class times: Tuesdays 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Course outline

An examination of the implications of feminist theories and practices at work in many different disciplines, including arts, media, social sciences, health sciences, science, law. We introduce students to theoretical concepts and ask questions about the ways sex, gender and sexuality are understood and researched from a range of perspectives.
Antirequisite(s): Women’s Studies 2256E or Women’s Studies 2257E
Prerequisite(s): WS1020E, or WS1021F/G and WS1022F/G, or permission of the Department. 3 hours, 1.0 course

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WS 2240F FEMINIST THEORY
Instructor: Alison Lee
Class times: Wednesdays 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Course outline

This course takes up foundational readings in the history of feminist thought from early feminists’ calls for women’s equality and rights to postmodern understandings of gender. The course will consider how feminist thought has emerged, developed and evolved in response to various historical, intellectual, social, political and cultural challenges.
Antirequisite: WS2250E. 3 hours, 0.5 course

 

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WS 2244 WOMEN AND HEALTH (previously WS 2154)
Instructor: Jessica Polzer
Class times: Wednesdays 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Course outline

This course provides an overview of historical, social, economic, political and biological influences on women's health. Using a feminist perspective, both experiential and theoretically based knowledge will be explored through the process of critical reflection.Antirequisite: WS 2154. 3 hours, 1.0 course


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WS 2260 WOMEN LAW AND SOCIAL CHANGE (previously WS 2270A/B Legal Problems affecting women)
Instructor: Rodney Parker (fall) and Katy Fulfer (winter)
Class times: Wednesdays 4:30 - 7:30 pm
Course outline

How does the law affect women? What important legal changes have women fought for and achieved? What is the relationship between law and social change? Topics in a national or global context may include citizenship and discrimination, reproduction, health care, violence, sexual assault and harassment, pornography, prostitution, divorce, and marriage.

Antirequisite: WS 2270A/B. 3 hours, 1.0 course


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WS 2263G FEMINIST TOPICS IN SEXUALITY STUDIES: RACE, CLASS AND SEXUALITY
Instructor: Chris Roulston
Class times: Thursdays 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Course outline

Drawing on feminist theoretical work which foregrounds questions of difference, this course will investigate the implicit and explicit connections between and among sexuality, gender identity, race and class. Moreover, this course will examine the way that discourses of race and class, sexuality and gender identity, have developed throughout history and explore the legacy of these historical discourses in terms of the way that "othered" bodies are perceived and treated today. 3 hours, 0.5 course.


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WS 2273E SEXUAL SUBJECTS
Instructor: Wendy Pearson and Mary Bunch
Class times: Tuesdays 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Course outline

This interdisciplinary course focuses on sexuality as a subject of study and considers how sexuality defines individual and social subjectivity. The course will explore sexual subjects within a theoretical context and might include sexology, psychoanalysis, queer theory, feminism, the history of sexual identity, and its representation in cultural production.
3 hours, 1.0 course


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WS 2283G DESIRING WOMEN
Instructor: Andrea Allen
Class times: Wednesdays 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
Course outline

This course looks at how female sexuality and subjectivity is experienced, understood, represented and theorized across a range of disciplines; these may include art, literature, media, psychology, anthropology, sociology, biology and medicine. It explores how female sexual desires, practices and identities are shaped in relation to individual, cultural and social meanings of female sexuality. 3 hours, 0.5 course

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WS 3321F ADVANCED TOPICS IN FEMINIST THEORY AND PRACTICE IN THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES
Instructor: Helen Fielding
Class times: Thursdays 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Course outline

This course applies a wide range of feminist theories and critical practices, including postmodern and queer theories, literary criticism, psychoanalysis, and postcolonial studies, to a diverse array of artistic practices, including literature, film, and the performing and visual arts.
Prerequisite(s): WS2220E, WS 2256E, or WS2257E, or permission of the department. 3 hours, 0.5 course


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WS3322G ADVANCED TOPICS IN FEMINIST THEORY AND PRACTICE IN SOCIAL SCIENCES
Instructor: Erica Lawson
Class times: Thursdays 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Course outline

This course is an advanced examination of the application of feminist theories and practices to topics in the social sciences. Focus will include epistemological and methodological questions raised in feminist engagement across the various social science disciplines. Topics addressed may include a range of social-economic, cultural, political, and policy issues.
Prerequisite(s): WS2220E, WS 2256E, or WS2257E, or permission of the department. 3 hours, 0.5 course

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WS 3358G INTERSECTIONAL FRAMEWORKS FOR HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE: THEORY, RESEARCH AND PRACTICE
Instructor: Jessica Polzer

Class times: Fridays 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Course outline

This course explores the theory and research paradigm of intersectionality and how these have been applied to heath research and health-related practice. Through critical engagement with course readings, class discussion, and  assignments, students will explore how health research and health-related practices (e.g. health care, health promotion, health policy) operate as sites for the convergence of multiple, overlapping axes of power and oppression, and thus as sites for potential transformation and social change. 3 hours, 0.5 course

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WS 3359F MOTHERHOOD AND MOTHERING IN THE GLOBAL CONTEXT: ISSUES, DISCOURSE, AND IMAGES
Instructor: Erica Lawson
Class times: Wednesdays 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Course outline

This course situates and examines the lives of women as mothers in a global context. It attends to, but is not limited to, how ideologies about motherhood and mothering practices are re-constituted in globalization processes in ways that constrain and empower women, their families, communities, and societies, as they go about the business of mothering.
3 hours, 0.5 course




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WS 3363F FEMINIST TOPICS IN SEXUALITY STUDIES: GENDER, VIOLENCE AND WOMEN'S EXPERIENCE
Instructor: Andrea Allen
Class Times: Thursdays 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Course outline

This course is an interdisciplinary study of gendered violence in both historical and contemporary contexts. Various topics related to the study of gendered violence will be addressed, including how gender-based violence is represented, gendered and structural violence, war and militarization, sexual violence, and resistance and community mobilization. The course will then delve into women's experiences with violence, both as victim and perpetrator, on interpersonal, communal, national, and international levels. 3 hours, 0.5 course



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WS 3373G FEMINIST TOPICS IN SEXUALITY STUDIES: SEX WORK, RIGHTS AND WOMEN'S AGENCY
Instructor: Mary Bunch
Class Times: Tuesdays 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Course outline

Feminists are deeply divided on the topic of the world's oldest profession: is prostitution inherently a form of violence against women, or is the degraded status and vulnerability experienced by sex workers a result of changeable social norms? Following the high profile murders of sex workers in Vancouver, and the legal activism of sex workers themselves, Canadian social attitudes and laws pertaining to prostitution are transforming. This interdisciplinary course considers different feminist perspectives and historical views on prostitution, the current status of sex work in Canada and transnationally, and the structural effects of sexism, transphobia, heteronormativity and neo/colonialism on women's and sex worker's agency and the political economies of sex work. 3 hours, 0.5 course



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NEW COURSE!

WS 4456G FEMINISM, BIOPOLITICS, AND COLONIAL CRITIQUE
Instructor: Julia Emberley
Class times: Wednesdays, 12:30 to 3:30 pm
Location: UC 274

Course outline

This course would examine the rise of Foucauldian biopolitics and feminist responses, critical interventions and new directions in the field. In particular, students will examine how biopolitics has influenced scholarship on the role of the female body in determining political and economic interests in such historical events as slavery and colonial expansion as well as in relation to contemporary events such as international adoptions and surrogate exchanges. Students will read theoretical material by Michel Foucault, Anne Laura Stoler, Judith Butler, Donna Haraway, Patricia Williams, and Anna Davin.

Students will also read literary and view visual materials including but not limited to Octavia Butler's Kindred, Linda Hogan's People of the Whale, Hiromi Goto's The Kappa Child and Rebecca Belmore's Vigil.

 

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WS 4460G ADVANCED SEMINAR IN WOMEN’S STUDIES: INTRODUCTION TO TRANSGENDER STUDIES
Instructor: Stephanie Kapusta
Class Times: Mondays 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Course outline

We begin with a historical look at how the term 'transgender' has come to encompass a broad range of diverse gender variant practices and discourses. Of particular interest in this regard will be the focus on trans theory and politics from the point of view of its relations to feminist theory and queer theory. We will also treat trans issues as framed within other disciplines such as legal, medical, and sociological discourses. Our readings and classes will incorporate discussions of transphobia and oppression of trans people, sex and gender change, transvestism, gender passing, transgender children and their families, and of how race and class intersect with being trans. 3 hours, 0.5 course

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WS 4461F ADVANCED SEMINAR IN WOMEN’S STUDIES: : (M)AD WOMEN: (POST)-FEMINISM, ADVERTISING, AND ACTIVISM
Instructor: Laura Cayen
Class Times: Mondays 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Course oultine

What is the relationship between feminism and advertising? In what ways have women been involved in the advertising industry? How has the advertising industry historically viewed and valued women as consumers? How have activists used media reform to advance feminist aims? How has advertising responded to decades of feminist critique? In this course, students have the opportunity to explore and discuss the representation of women in advertising, women's employment in the advertising industry, the political economy of gender in audience studies, post-feminist advertising themes of empowerment and choice, and the relationship between activism and the a-political nature of post-feminism. Authors studied include Goffman, Steinem, Jhally, Williams, Kilbourne, Friedan, Collins, and McRobbie. 3 hours, 0.5 course

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WS 4463G SCREENING SEX
Instructor: Wendy Pearson
Class Times: Wednesdays 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Course oultine

This course examines the representation of sexuality in film and video with a specific focus on the history of representation of queer identities in film. The course will begin with early cinema’s representations of gay men and lesbians, including the production of particular stereotypes. We will then look at European and Canadian filmmaking, the rise of independent film and video in North America, and the challenge posed by New Queer Cinema in the 1990s to still stereotypical Hollywood representations.We will consider specific themes, such as coming out, family relationships, intersections with race and class, and AIDS. The course will finish by looking at the mainstreaming of certain types of queer representation.
3hours, 0.5 course


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Department of Women's Studies and Feminist Research - Western University
Lawson Hall Room 3260
London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 5B8
Tel: 519.661.3759
Fax: 519.661.3491
ws-ugrad@uwo.ca

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