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Political Science (POLI) 350

Women in Canadian Politics (Revision 3)

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Revision 3 closed, replaced by current version.

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online or grouped study.

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: Students with an introductory course in women's studies or in Canadian government and politics may find the material easier to master.

Centre: Centre for Work and Community Studies

POLI 350 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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Political Science 350: Women in Canadian Politics, is designed to introduce you to the study of women's participation in Canadian political life. As you work through the course, you will become familiar with a set of concepts, facts, and theories developed from a woman-centred point of view. You will be introduced to women's movement in Canada and you will explore issues of representation in democracy and its impact on public policy issues.


  • Unit 1: Feminism and the “I'm Not a Feminist, But” Phenomenon
  • Unit 2: What Kinda Feminist Are Ya?
    Modern and Postmodern Feminist Theories
  • Unit 3: Ride the Wave: Feminism as a Social Movement
  • Unit 4: Good Girls Don't: The Representation of Women in Politics
  • Unit 5: Getting There Is Half the Battle: Women in the Legislature
  • Unit 6: Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way: Women Leaders in Politics
  • Unit 7: More than Just a Pretty Face: Women in Public Policy
  • Unit 8: The Final Word


To receive credit for POLI 350, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on the following:

Assignment 1
Assignment 2
Assignment 3 Assignment 4 Total
20% 20% 20% 40% 100%

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

Course Materials


Trimble, Linda, and Jane Arscott. Still Counting: Women in Politics Across Canada. Peterborough: Broadview, 2003.

Tremblay, Manon, and Linda Trimble, eds. Women and Electoral Politics in Canada. Don Mills: Oxford, 2003.

Other Materials

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

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, August 12, 2009.

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Last updated by SAS  07/07/2015 13:40:51