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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
April 20, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Course Offerings

For a list of all WS courses and WS Approved courses, visit WS in the 2013-14 Calendar

For a list of all WS courses being offered in a particular term, visit 

Note: Students are advised that many of the courses in the program have prerequisites, and are encouraged to consult with the Program Coordinator when selecting courses. Please consult the appropriate undergraduate calendar for degree requirements and course descriptions for WS courses and WS approved courses. (Note when you click on link, you need to scroll down to see the information.)  

The requirement for a course to be considered an "Approved Course" is that at least 50% of the reading material assigned in the course is connected to women's studies/gender studies subject matter, and that the student is permitted to write assignments from a feminist perspective. Please contact the coordinator if you are taking a course or have taken a course that meets this requirement and wish to have it considered as an approved 

Course Outlines for 2013-14


WS100OC Winter term



Special Topics courses for 2013-14

Special Topics for 2013-14

WS301h - 

Women, Reproductive Health Policy, and Reproductive Justice

This interdisciplinary course examines the history and contemporary politics of reproductive health policy within a reproductive justice framework as informed by feminist theories, perspectives, and activism. We consider how issues of sexuality, gender, race, class, and disability, or experiences of systemic violence and environmental racism affect our degree of reproductive justice. Particular attention is paid to the experiences of indigenous women and although references are made to reproductive issues internationally, whenever possible the focus is on a Canadian context.

WS290 - Winter 2014 term: Special Topics - Indigenous Women in Canada

This course considers the position and role of women in Indigenous societies in Canada and the impact colonial policies and practices have had on these societies. It examines the unique oppression that Indigenous women in Canada have experienced, the reasons for it, their responses to it, and the roles they continue to play in their own struggles for liberation and in those of their peoples. The lives and voices of prominent First Nations and Metis women are considered, as well as the development of Aboriginal women's organizations and Indigenous theory in a Canadian context. We also consider the influences and failures of feminism for Indigenous struggles and potentials for solidarity and alliance building

WS490  Queerness and the Global City