Fall & Winter 2016-17 Course Offerings

For the most up to date information on course offerings for the upcoming academic year, and to enroll into these courses, please refer to York University's registrars office website regarding times, dates, etc. for the individual courses. The website linked above will have any changes updated automatically as soon as they have been made.

**GFWS 6907 3.0- This course is required for MA students in the Fall-term 2015. Phd students may attend the seminar’s in the fall term to meet their seminar requirements. This seminar course will continue throughout the winter term to provide both MA and Phd students with graduate seminars.

Required Courses

MA Required Courses
GFWS 6002 3.0 Feminist Theory

This course offers an analysis of contemporary feminist theoretical debates in the program's fields of specialization: Cultural and Literary Studies, Performance and Fines Arts; Diaspora, Transnational and Global Studies; Histories; Politics, Economies and Societies; Race; Sexualities; Theories and Methods.

GFWS 6007 3.0 Feminist Research Colloquium

This course develops student’s research skills in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies, through a critical examination of a variety of social science and humanities resources, including index and periodical resources, the Internet, and library finding aids.  The course also develops students’ writing skills in the context of specific projects, including developing MRPs, course papers and thesis proposals.

GFWS 6907 3.0 MA Seminar in Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies

This course is a multi-purpose forum designed to support students through their program of study, to prepare them for post-MA employment or PhD studies, and to foster an intellectual community among faculty and students in the program. One goal is to familiarize students with the seven fields of specialization of this program and to introduce students to the faculty members in those fields (Cultural and Literary Studies, Performance and Fine Arts; Diaspora, Transnational and Global Studies; Histories; Politics, Economies and Societies; Race; Sexualities; Theories and Methods.) The course is intended to encourage students to develop an appreciation for the breadth of Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies, to engage with current issues and debates in Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies, and to foster an intellectual community in the program. It is designed in part to introduce students to faculty from the different fields of specialization in the Fall term as the students are formulating their future research projects so they get an opportunity to meet faculty in their areas.  It is also intended to promote professional development by teaching students skills such as preparing grant applications, conference papers, academic CVs, applying for jobs. It is graded Pass/Fail.


PhD Required Courses
GFWS 6008 3.0 Feminist Methodologies and Research Methods

This course explores the relationship among theory, methodology and research methods, prepares students to identify critique and assess the appropriateness of selected research methods and reviews some of the current debates on feminist methodologies.

GFWS 6009 3.0 Advanced Research in Feminist Theory

This required PhD course has two main objectives: to provide advanced scholarship in feminist epistemologies and theories to prepare students for their comprehensive exams and dissertations, and to provide students with an opportunity to engage critically with theoretical issues pertaining to their own research interests and the diversity of interests among the students in the class and in the range of scholarship in Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies. The course explores ways of conducting theoretical interrogation by examining central feminist thinkers and exploring how their work has been taken up and critiqued, by examining core concepts and/or debates and the ways in which they have been mobilized across the seven fields of specialization in the Graduate Program in Gender, feminist and Women's Studies, and by exploring the political and epistemological implications of different theoretical perspectives.  The design of the course includes texts proposed by the instructor and/or other team members that reflect the fields of specialization of the program and those proposed by the students that reflect their specific research projects.  In addition, the course may be team-taught or faculty members from the different fields may be invited to speak to the class and to engage students in current theoretical debates in their field.

Core Course Options for both MA and PhD students

GFWS 6112 3.0 Queer Affect Theory: Public Feelings and Queer/Feminist Cultural Production

This course analyzes queer and feminist cultural production through the framework of affect theory and vice versa. This course focuses on recent work in visual and performance art, women's studies, cultural studies, sexuality studies, critical disability studies and critical race theory in order to consider how scholars take up affect, feeling and emotion. The course content introduces complex discussions of how the discursive and non-discursive connect with publics through activism and cultural production. Specifically the methodologies of queer and feminist cultural production through the visual arts, traditional and non-traditional written texts, academic and non-academic work are considered in order to think through the current strengths, tensions, potentials and shortcomings of "the affective turn".

GFWS 6123 3.0 Critical Sexuality

This course is designed to introduce graduate students to the critical study of gender and sexuality.  This course is intended to enable students to identify conflicts and areas of contestation within the field of gender and sexuality studies by using a variety of feminist theoretical and methodological critiques

GFWS 6133 3.0 Gender and International Human Rights: Law, Citizenships and Borders

This course introduces students to the structure and the main mechanisms of international human rights law and its impact on women and gender relations.  The focus of the course is on the United Nations, its agencies, and its system of international Conventions and Declarations designed to increase gender equality.

**** Please note this course is cross-listed with the Graduate Program in Socio-Legal Studies. Please contact Lindsay Gonder, Graduate Program Assistant in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies for more information

GFWS 6209 3.0 Feminist Readings of the War on Terror in Historical and Theoretical Perspective

This course provides a feminist reading of the 'war on terror,' examining gendered relations of power within a heightened security paradigm and new forms of militarized interventionism, as well as the significance of persistent histories of colonialism, imperialism and patriarchy.

GFWS 6404 3.0 Theorizing Women’s Work

Canadian and other feminist theorists have made important contributions to understanding women’s work.   The course examines this topic within a Canadian context and relates it to international debates on women’s work.

GFWS 6906 Researching History through Story: Indigenous Women’s Literature

This course provides a way of understanding Indigenous histories through the literature of Indigenous women. This literature, in English, is from both Canada and the United States-because for Indigenous peoples, the Canada-US border is a colonial fiction. At the same time, the separate legal regimes of the two settler states has meant that some realities are specific to either Canada or the United States; stories from both sides of the border are included.