Sociology (SOCI) 345

Women and Work in Canada (Revision 3)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None. WGST 266 is recommended.

Precluded Course: SOCI 345 is a cross-listed course—a course listed under two different disciplines—with WGST 345. SOCI 345 may not be taken for credit by students who have obtained credit for WMST 345, WGST 345, or SOCI 312.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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SOCI 345 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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This course examines the changing nature and patterns of women’s work in Canada, the meaning work has for women, and the value of women’s work to society. A central concern of the course is the extent to which work contributes to equality and disadvantage for women. It also considers how significantly gender shapes a common experience of work, and the extent to which women’s working lives differ depending upon other social factors such as class, age, and race.


  • Unit 1: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives on Women's Work
  • Unit 2: Gender and Work in Contemporary Canada
  • Unit 3: Transforming Women's Work


To receive credit for SOCI 345, you must complete three written assignments and receive a course composite grade of at least "D" (50 percent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Assignment 1: Essay or Oral History Assignment 2: Essay or Interview Assignment 3: Research Paper Total
30% 30% 40% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Wilson, S. J. 1996. Women, Families, and Work. 4th ed. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson Limited.

Other Material

The course materials include a study guide, and a reading file. All other materials are available online.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the SOCI 345 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “C-” (60 percent) on the examination.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 3, March 11, 2010.

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Updated May 26 2016 by SAS