Women's and Gender Studies (WGST) 345

Women and Work in Canada (Revision 3)

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WGST 345 replaces WMST 345

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None. WGST 266 is recommended.

Precluded Course: WGST 345 is a cross-listed course—a course listed under two different disciplines—with SOCI 345. WMST 345 and SOCI 312. (WGST 345 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for WMST 345, SOCI 345 or SOCI 312.)

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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WGST 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 WGST 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:

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

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

Course Materials

All course materials are provided online. The textbook, cited below, is provided in PDF format and can be downloaded from the course home page or from the Digital Reading Room.


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

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 WGST 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, November 6, 2017.

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