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Explore the dynamics that shape your everyday experiences as a gendered person in contemporary culture. In our courses you will learn how to develop a critical perspective that takes factors such as sex, gender, sexuality, race, class and (dis)ability into account. You might find your worldview transformed as you apply these perspectives to your study in other classes and to all aspects of your life. Our courses reflect an expanding field of feminist research including feminist theory, sexuality studies, health, queer and legal issues, philosophy, violence against women, women and equity in the workplace, and women and the creative arts.

Women's Studies and Feminist Research officially became a department at The University of Western Ontario in July 2006. The Women's Studies program was established in 1987 and is a department in both the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and the Faculty of Social Science. The Department offers a variety of degree modules and promotes feminist scholarship through provision for resident scholars, a Distinguished Speakers Series, faculty colloquia, annual conferences, and publications. It also has an active and lively Women's Studies Student Council.

The Department of Women's Studies and Feminist Research offers the following undergraduate degree modules:

 

Women's Studies and Feminist Research Undergraduate Degree Modules

1.5 course from "Representation and Cultural Production":
0.5 course from "Theory":

1.0 course from any of the courses listed in the above three categories
The module must include at least 1.0 course at the 3000 level or above, and no more than 1.5 courses at the 2000-2199 level. At least 2.5 of the 6.0 courses must be Women's Studies courses.


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Honors Specialization in Women's Studies

Admission Requirements
Completion of first-year requirements with no failures. Students must have an average of at least 70% in 3.0 principal courses: both Women's Studies 1021F/G and Women's Studies 1022F/G or Women's Studies 1020E, plus 2.0 additional courses, with no mark in these principal courses below 60%. Note: Students beginning Women's Studies after first year may substitute Women's Studies 2240F/G in place of Women's Studies 1020E and take it concurrently with their second-year courses.

Module
You must complete 9.0 courses including:


A student may apply to the Department for approval to substitute up to 2.0 courses from another department provided that the courses are relevant to the student's Specialization in Women's Studies.

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Specialization in Women's Studies
Admission Requirements
Completion of first-year requirements, including 1.0 Women's Studies course at the 1000 level (either WS1020E or WS 1021F/G and WS 1022F/G) with a mark of at least 60%, or permission of the Department. Note: Students beginning Women's Studies after first year may substitute Women's Studies 2240F/G in place of Women's Studies 1020E and take it concurrently with their second-year courses.

Module
You must complete 9.0 courses including:

A student may apply to the Department for approval to substitute up to 2.0 courses from another department provided that the courses are relevant to the student's Specialization in Women's Studies.

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Major in Women's Studies

Admission Requirements
Completion of first-year requirements, including 1.0 Women's Studies course at the 1000 level (either WS1020E or WS 1021F/G and WS 1022F/G) with a mark of at least 60%, or permission of the Department. Note: Students beginning Women's Studies after first year may substitute Women's Studies 2240F/G in place of Women's Studies 1020E and take it concurrently with their second-year courses.

Module
You must complete 6.0 courses including:

A student may apply to the Department for approval to substitute 1.0 course from another department provided that the course is relevant to the student's Major in Women's Studies.



Minor in Women's Studies
Admission Requirements
Completion of first-year requirements, including 1.0 Women's Studies course at the 1000 level (either WS1020E or WS 1021F/G and WS 1022F/G) with a mark of at least 60%, or permission of the Department. Note: Students beginning Women's Studies after first year may substitute Women's Studies 2240F/G in place of Women's Studies 1020E and take it concurrently with their second-year courses.

Module
You must complete 4.0 courses including:
  • 1.0 course from Women's Studies 2220E, 2256E, 2257E
  • 2.0 courses in Women's Studies at the 2000-2199 level or above
  • 1.0 course in Women's Studies at the 2200 level or above



Minor in Feminist Theory
Admission Requirements
Completion of first-year requirements including 1.0 Women's Studies course at the 1000 level (either WS1020E or WS 1021F/G and WS 1022F/G) with a mark of at least 60%, or permission of the Department.

Module
You must complete 4.0 courses including:
  • 1.0 course: WS2220E or WS2256E or WS2257E
  • 1.0 course: WS3321F/G and WS3322F/G (or both WS2256E and WS 2257E)
  • 1.0 course: Women's Studies 2250E, or 2240F/G and 2263F/G
  • 1.0 additional course in Women's Studies at the 2000 level or above, chosen in consultation with the Department.


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Minor in Gender, Sexuality and Culture
Admission Requirements
Completion of first-year requirements, including Comparative Literature and Culture 1023 or 1.0 of Women's Studies courses at the 1000 level (either WS1020E, or WS 1021F/G and WS 1022F/G) with a mark of at least 60%, or permission from either the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures or the Department of Women's Studies and Feminist Research.

Module
You must complete 4.0 courses including: All of the courses offered in 2011-2012 acedemic year are highlighted below.

At lease 2.0 of the courses must be at the 2200-level or above.
  • 1.0 course from: CLC 2273F/G, 3333F/G, 3334F/G, 3335F/G,or the former CLC 2140 F/G, Classical Studies 3300F/G, 3310F/G, 3350F/G, Film Studies 2255E, Philosophy 2077F/G

  • 1.0 course from: Anthropology 2202F/G, 2255E, Geography
    3412F/G, History 4803E, Psychology 2075

  • 1.0 course from: Women’s Studies 2160A/B, 2161A/B, 2162A/B 2205F/G, 2233F/G, 2243F/G, 2253E, 2263F/G, 2273E, 2283F/G, 3305F/G, 3153F/G, 3345F/G, 3355E, 3356F/G, 3363F/G, 3373F/G

  • 1.0 additional course from those listed above as approved by the program.

At least 2.0 of the courses must be at the 2200-level or above. A student may apply to the Department of Women's Studies and Feminist Research for approval to substitute 1.0 course not listed above, provided the course is relevant to the GSC Minor.

Please Note: Not every course is offered in any given year. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have the prerequisites for their courses.



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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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