Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

Study how gender identity is shaped by and how it in turn affects race, class, ability, sexuality, sexual and gender identity, age, nationality and ethnicity.

Women’s studies is the critical study of gender.

By uncovering the ways in which social and cultural assumptions and structures are shaped by gender, students are encouraged to see how the identity ‘women’ is enmeshed in a matrix that includes race, class, ability, sexuality, sexual and gender identity, age, nationality and ethnicity, for example. Although studying women is its starting point, women’s studies also studies men and the world around us. The program encourages a critical perspective and teaches highly developed research and analytic skills while challenging students personally and politically.

Students can complete their studies online in the following: Concentration, Certificate, and Minor.

Academic Advisor

Dr. Jennifer Johnson

Telephone: 705.673.1730 x 601

Email: wgsx@thorneloe.ca

Office: Secretary: Susan Moores, 705.673.1730 x 100

How to Apply
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Delivery Method: On campus/Online
Program Language: English

Interesting Facts:

The critical study of gender has brought about massive changes for both women and men in Canada and globally. In key areas such as political participation, work, healthcare, violence against women, reproductive justice, gender equity in education and media activism, among many other areas. Research in Women’s Studies is often combined with other forms of social change to shift assumptions about what men and women are capable of.

Women’s Studies at Laurentian has historically had an emphasis on flexible study in order to make university education more accessible to those living in Northern Ontario and students living in rural and remote communities.

The program offers degrees on campus in Sudbury as well as by distance education. For example, the Women’s Studies program offers a full three-year BA Concentration by distance education and a Major through on-campus study. Students can combine on-campus learning with distance education options over the course of their degree. Students can also complete a Minor or Certificate in Women’s Studies offered by the Centre for Continuing Education.

Bilingual students receive credit for coursework in French and English or may consider taking an interdisciplinary themed-based minor in Women’s Studies, through the Department of Sociology. The 24-credit program begins with the 6-credit course WOMN 1005 F – Introduction aux études des femmes offered at Laurentian.

 

Program Highlights:

  • Flexible Study Options: Three- or four-year programs lead to a Bachelor of Arts. Students have the flexibility to combine a Major, Concentration or Minor with other degree options. Students in faculties outside of the Social Sciences, Humanities and Sciences can obtain a Certificate in Women’s Studies to supplement their studies. Prospective students already working in their field can complete a Certificate in Women’s Studies.

  • The Concentration, Minor and Certificate are available by distance education. The Introductory year and some electives are also available in French. Two full time Women’s Studies faculty members teach interdisciplinary courses on a range of topics including work and the global economy, family, education, health, aging, violence, reproduction, popular culture, media and the arts, sexuality and race. Part-time faculty specializing in particular areas offer expertise on campus and in distance education courses.

  • The Departments of Biology, Classical Studies, Economics, English, History, Law & Justice, Modern Languages, Music, Indigenous Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Social Work and Sociology also offer courses on gender that count for credit within the Women’s Studies program.

  • Research opportunities: Full-time faculty hire research assistants through Laurentian’s work-study program but may also consider applicants with exceptional research skills for additional paid work on specific projects.

  • Community Collaboration: Our faculty members collaborate with and connect interested students with organizations such as Voices for Women, Health Sciences North’s sexual assault crisis centre, and annual community planning committees such as Take Back the Night against violence against women with YWCA Sudbury, among others. Faculty members encourage students to apply their knowledge of social justice and gender-based analysis in activism and political involvement and the arts, but especially in their own communities.

  • Annual Student Symposium: Women’s Studies students have the opportunity to present their work publicly every spring at the Annual Women’s Studies Student Symposium, an event where students learn how to make academic presentations to diverse audiences. Family and friends are invited.

  • Student Government: The Women’s Studies Association is an active student association that develops social and educational events with Women’s Studies students; liaises with women’s and social justice organizations in the City of Greater Sudbury.

  • Women’s Centre (on campus): Affiliation with the Women’s Centre allows our students to engage in critical work on gender in the University community. Our students are also competitive for paid staff positions in the Centre while they are students; engage directly in educational and activist work around gender issues and social justice.

  • A degree in Women’s Studies combines advanced analytical, oral presentation and writing skills with knowledge of equity and social justice. Students emerge with a strong sense of self and ability to make interventions in a variety of arenas, including relations of power within the family, their workplace, politics and media.

 

Prospective students who enjoy debate, seeing the world from another perspective and questioning everything through careful research will thrive in Women’s Studies.

Ontario High School Applicants

1 grade 12 English U/M course

5 other grade 12 U/M courses 

A minimum overall average of 70% in the 6 best grade 12 U/M courses


Additional information for applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses.

Additional information for applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate.

 

Applicants from outside an Ontario High School 

International Students

Canadian High School Applicants from outside Ontario

Applicants from Colleges

Applicants from other Universities

Mature Students

For Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.


Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Women’s and Gender Studies

Total 120 credits

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.

 

Major in Women’s and Gender Studies  (ALSO OFFERED ONLINE)

a) 27 mandatory credits

   WOMN 1005E    Introduction to Women’s Studies

                      OR

   WGSX 1005E    Introduction to Women's Studies and Gender Studies

   WGSX/WOMN 2016E    The Production of Knowledge

   WGSX/WOMN 3015E    Feminist Theories

   6 WGSX/WOMN credits at the 3000 level

   WGSX/WOMN 4005E    Directed Readings and Research Seminar

                     OR

   WGSX/WOMN 4095E Independent Study Project

b) 15 additional credits of WGSX/WOMN*

c) 78 elective credits#

Notes:

  • In order to get a BA, students must include 6 credits in linguistic awareness, 6 credits of Indigenous content, and 6 credits in the Sciences if not part of the other minor or second major. Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.
  • Students must complete a minimum of a minor (24 credits) or a second major (42 credits) from among their elective credits.
  • Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

Bachelor of Arts (General) in Women’s and Gender Studies

Total 90 credits

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.

 

Concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies  (ALSO OFFERED ONLINE)

All students entering a BA program as of September 2017 are required to take 6 credits each of linguistic awareness, scientific literacy and indigenous content as per the regulations.

Although the requirements have been slotted in first year in the description below, students may fulfill them at any time during their studies.

Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.

Courses fulfilling these requirements may be taken as electives or as part of a minor, concentration, major or specialization. 

First Year

   WOMN 1005E    Introduction to Women’s Studies

                      OR
   WGSX 1005E    Introduction to Women's Studies and Gender Studies
   6 elective credits of linguistic awareness (see regulations)
   6 elective credits in the Sciences
   6 elective credits in Indigenous content (starting 2017)
   6 elective credits

 

Upper Years

   WGSX/WOMN 2016E    The Production of Knowledge

   WGSX/WOMN 3015E    Feminist Theories

   6 WGSX/WOMN credits at the 3000 level

   15 additional credits of WGSX/WOMN*

   30 elective credits

Note:    Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level.

 

Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies  (ALSO OFFERED ONLINE)

  WOMN 1005E    Introduction to Women’s Studies

                      OR

   WGSX 1005E    Introduction to Women's Studies and Gender Studies

   WGSX/WOMN 2016E    The Production of Knowledge

   WGSX/WOMN 3015E    Feminist Theories

   9 additional credits of WGSX/WOMN*

 

Minor in Critical Sexuality Studies

WOMN 2046E     Gender, Race and Racism

WOMN 2066E     Critical Sexuality Studies

Group A - Sexuality (choose 9 credits)
     ANCS 2236E     Sex and the Body in the Ancient World
     GERO 2257E     Gerosex I
     PHIL 2126E     Philosophy of Sexuality
     PHIL 2586F     Philosophie de la sexualité

     RLST 3142E     Gender & Sexual Identities in Judaism, Christianity and Islam

     SOCI 3336E     Sexuality, Disability and Human Rights

     SOCI 3636E     Desire, Love, and Work II: The Social Making of Sexuality
     WGSX 2296E     Gender Issues in Education
     WGSX 2506E     Rethinking Masculinities
     WGSX 3306E     Female Sexualities
     WGSX 3326E     Sexing the NationGroup A - choose 9 credits

Group B - Body  (choose 6 credits)

     BIOL 2757E     Biological Aspects of Human Sexuality
     BIOL 2757F     Les aspects biologiques de la sexualité humaine
     HIST 4526E     The Pre-Industrial Life Cycle
     SOCI 2076F     Études féministes en sciences humaines
     SOCI 2636E     Desire, Love, and Work I: the social making of gender
     WGSX 2356E     Reproduction and Mothering
     WGSX 2456E     Women and Health
     WGSX 3406E     Gendered Construction of Violence

Group C - Supplementary (choose 3 credits)

     ENGL 3157E     Women’s Writing in the 16th and 17th Century
     ENGL 3256E     Women of Letters in the 18th Century
     ENGL 3257E     19th Century Women’s Writing
     ENGL 3346E     Modern Women’s Writing
     ENGL 3347E     Contemporary Women’s Writing
     GERO 4257E     Gerosex II
     HIST 3106E     History of the Canadian Family
     HIST 3166E     History of Women in Canada
     HIST 3167E     Contemporary Women’s History
     HIST 3616E     History of Women and the Family in the Pre-Industrial Era
     HIST 4215E     History of Gender Relations in Modern Canada

     INDG 2216E     Native Women: Perspectives and Issues
     RLST 2245E     Women, Religion, and Spirituality
     RLST 3176E     Gender and the Family in Early Christianity
     WGSX 2046E     Violence Against Women

*At least 6 credits in the minor must be at the 3000-4000 level
Note : Courses cannot be double-counted between groups. Pre-requisites and exclusions from other departments must be observed.

 

 

Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies (ALSO OFFERED ONLINE)

(30 credits)

   WOMN 1005E    Introduction to Women’s Studies

                      OR

   WGSX 1005E    Introduction to Women's Studies and Gender Studies

   WGSX/WOMN 2016E    The Production of Knowledge

   WGSX/WOMN 3015E    Feminist Theories

   15 additional credits of WGSX/WOMN*

 

*  In addition to WGSX/WOMN courses, the following may count as Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies electives:

   ANCS 2236E   Sex and the Body in the Ancient World
   BESO 3356F    La bien-être social, les femmes et la société contemporaine
   BIOL 2757E     Biological Aspects of Human Sexuality
   CLAS 2095E    Women in the Ancient World
   ENGL 3157E    Women’s Writing in the 16th and 17th Centuries
   ENGL 3256E    Women of Letters in the 18th Century
   ENGL 3257E    19th Century Women’s Writing
   ENGL 3346E    Modern Women’s Writing
   ENGL 3347E    Contemporary Women’s Writing
   ENGL 3507E    Writer’s Voice
   ENGL/FILM 3836E    Women and Film
   ESPA 3516N    Women in the Hispanic World
   HIST 3106E     History of the Canadian Family
   HIST 3166E     History of Women in Canada
   HIST 3167E     Contemporary Women’s History
   HIST 3616E     History of Women and the Family in the Pre-Industrial Era
   HIST 3617E     History of Women and the Women’s Movement in the Modern Era
   HIST 4215E     History of Gender Relations in Modern Canada
   HIST 4526E     The Pre-Industrial Life-Cycle
   INDG 2216E    Native Women: Perspectives and Issues
   JURI 3506E      Legal Regulation of Close Adult Personal Relationships
   JURI 3606E      Legal Regulation of Parent-Child Relationships
   JURI 3706E      Rights and Law
   MUSC 3056E   Women and Music
   PHIL 2126E      Philosophy of Sexuality
   PHIL 3026E      Feminist Philosophy
   POLI 3536E     Gender and Politics
   RLST 2245E    Women, Religion and Spirituality
   RLST 3176E    Gender and the Family in Early Christianity
   SOCI 2636E    Desire, Love and Work I: the Social Making of Gender
   SOCI 3636E    Desire, Love and Work II: the Social Making of Sexuality
   SOCI 4086E    Class, Race, Gender and Ethnicity in the Workplace
   SOCI 4157E    Critical Analysis of Global Health Issues
   SWLF 3807E   Violence Against Women
   THEA 4096E    Queer Theatre
Note:    Students should verify the prerequisites for any of the above courses in planning their course selection

 

Year:

WGSX-1005EL - Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies WGSX-2006EL - Women As Visual Artists I: A Women's Art History WGSX-2007EL - Women As Visual Artists II: Contemporary Art and Contemporary Issues WGSX-2016EL - The Production of Knowledge WGSX-2036EL - Gender, Work and Families WGSX-2046EL - Gender, Race and Racism WGSX-2066EL - Critical Sexuality Studies WGSX-2107EL - Women and Popular Culture WGSX-2296EL - Gender Issues in Education WGSX-2356EL - Reproduction and Mothering WGSX-2357EL - Women and Aging WGSX-2406EL - Violence Against Women
WGSX-2456EL - Women's Health Issues WGSX-3015EL - Feminist Theories WGSX-3037EL - Gender, Work and the Global Economy WGSX-3046EL - Building Gender, Race and Place WGSX-3047EL - Gender, Food and Health WGSX-3206EL - Sexing the Nation WGSX-3306EL - Female Sexualities WGSX-3316EL - Women's Activism, Local and Global WGSX-3326EL - Girl Cultures WGSX-3407EL - The Gendered Construction of Violence WGSX-4005EL - Directed Readings and Research Seminar WGSX-4095EL - Independent Study Project

Dr Jennifer Johnson - Chair, Assistant Professor

Dr Marg Kechnie - Professor Emerita

Dr Andrea Levan - Professor Emerita

OmiSoore Dryden - Lecturer

Shana Calixte - Sessional Faculty

Janet Clark - Sessional Faculty

Carolyn Djaferis - Sessional Faculty

Elia Eliev - Sessional Faculty

Dr Mandy Koolen - Sessional Faculty

Elizabeth McDougall - Sessional Faculty

Laurie McGauley - Sessional Faculty

Laurel OGorman - Sessional Faculty

David Macdonald - Distance Education Coordinator 

Susan Moores - Administrative Secretary