Political Science (POLI) 350

Women in Canadian Politics (Revision 4)

POLI 350

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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.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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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 issuesof representation in democracy and its impact on public policy issues.


  • Unit 1: I'm Not a Feminist, But . . .
  • Unit 2: Feminism: Theory, Varieties, Activism
  • Unit 3: Toward More, and More Diverse Women
  • Unit 4: Who or What Needs Changing
  • Unit 5: Climate Issues in Legislatures
  • Unit 6: Gendered Dimensions of Leadership
  • Unit 7: Changing Patterns in Public Policy
  • Unit 8: Further Learning and Doing


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

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

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

Course Materials

All course materials are available online.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you 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 about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the POLI 350 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least D (50 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 4, January 5, 2012

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