Women's and Gender Studies (WGST) 332
Women and Unions (Revision 3)
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WGST 332 replaces WMST 332.
Delivery Mode: Individualized study online
Area of Study: Social Science
Prerequisite: None. LBST 200 or LBST 202 is recommended.
Precluded Course: WGST 332 is a cross-listed course—a course listed under 3 different disciplines—LBST 332, SOCI 332. WMST 332. (WGST 332 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for WMST 332, LBST 332 or SOCI 332.)
WGST 332 has a Challenge for Credit option
Women and Unions is about women’s paid and unpaid work. It is about women’s struggles against the gendered division of labour, and the discrimination and exclusion that come with it. It is also about women’s struggles against employers who take advantage of women’s subordinate position in labour markets and about the fight that union sisters had, and still have, inside the labour movement to be heard and recognized as equals by their union brothers. The main focus of this course is on women and unions in Canada, but it also puts women’s struggles into a historical and global perspective.
- Unit 1: Introduction—What Is “Women and Unions” About and Why Study the Topic?
- Unit 2: “A Change Is Gonna Come”—Transformations of Work in Postwar Canada and the Making of a New Women’s Movement
- Unit 3: “Union Maids”—Equity Struggles and Union Renewal
- Unit 4: “At the Purchasers’ Option”—Unions, Housework, and Globalization
To receive credit for WGST 332, you must complete four written assignments and achieve an overall grade of “D” (50 percent) or better for the entire course. Your final grade is determined by a weighted average of the grades you receive on these assignments for credit. The weightings for each assignment are as follows:
|Assignment 1: Short Essay||5%|
|Assignment 2: Book Review||25%|
|Assignment 3: Equity Struggles, Housework, and Globalization||45%|
|Assignment 4: Reflective Essay||25%|
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Federici, S. (2012). Revolution at point zero: Housework, reproduction, and feminist struggle. Oakland, CA: PM Press.
Foley, J. R., & Baker, P. L. (Eds.). (2009). Unions, equity, and the path to renewal. Vancouver: UBC Press.
Sangster, J. (2010). Transforming labour: Women and work in post-war Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
All other course materials are online.
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.
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, February 28, 2018.
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