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Women's Studies (WMST) 354
Women, Religion and Social Change (Revision 1)

WMST 354 closed, replaced by WGST 354.

Delivery mode: Individualized study.

Credits: 3 - Humanities

Prerequisite: None. WMST 266 or an equivalent is recommended. This course can also be used as Social Science by credential students only.

Centre: Centre for Work and Community Studies

WMST 354 has a Challenge for Credit option.


Welcome to Women's Studies 354: Women, Religion, and Social Change, a three-credit, intermediate-level course that engages the issue of women as social change agents through a case study of some North American women's attempts to challenge and change their social and religious environments in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. WMST 354 considers constructions of gender; religion as a cultural phenomenon that can constrain and empower; theoretical and experiential linkages amongst feminisms; race and class as components in the construction of gender ideologies. The course concludes by considering the guiding questions of the course within a contemporary global context.


Women's Studies 354: Women, Religion, and Social Change is divided into four units:

Unit 1: Religion as a Resource for Social Transformation

Unit 2: Nineteenth-century Issues

Unit 3: Early Twentieth-century Issues

Unit 4: Contemporary Issues


To receive credit for WMST 354, you must achieve a grade of at least 50 percent on the assignments and a course composite grade of at least "D" (50 percent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Percentage of Final Grade
Units 1 and 2 Telephone Review Quizzes
Assignment 1:Gender Ideologies Essay (750-1,000 words)
Assignment 2: Research Paper (3,000-3,750 words)
Assignment 3: Final Examination (4 short essays)

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

Course Materials


Muir, Elizabeth Gillan, and Marilyn Färdig Whiteley, eds., 1995. Changing Roles of Women within the Christian Church in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Other Materials

The course materials include a study guide, student manual, and a reading file.

Updated August 05 2014 by Student & Academic Services