Women's and Gender Studies (WGST) 421

Advocacy from the Margins (Revision 1)

WGST 421

Revision 1 is closed for registrations, replaced by current version

WGST 421 replaces WMST 421

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: WGST 200 or WGST 266 or equivalent.

Precluded Course: WMST 321 & WMST 421. WGST 421 is a cross-listed course—a course listed under two different disciplines—with HSRV 421. (WGST 421 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for WMST 321, WMST 421 or HSRV 421.)

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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WGST 421: Advocacy from the Margins introduces you to the meaning, history, tools, group processes, and strategies associated with advocacy for women and other marginalized groups who face injustice around the world. The course stresses the importance of advocacy group processes as well as advocacy strategies and tools. It also encourages you to begin advocating with those who are on the margins and faced with injustice.


  • Unit 1: Foundations of Feminist Advocacy
  • Unit 2: Advocacy Issues and Strategies
  • Unit 3: The Tools of Advocacy
  • Unit 4: Looking Ahead: Advocacy and the Future


To receive credit for WGST 421, you must complete four assignments and achieve a minimum grade of "D" (50%) or better on each assignment. The weighting for each assignment are as follows:

Assign. 1 Assign. 2 Assign. 3 Assign. 4 Total
15% 30% 35% 20% 100%

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

Course Materials


Agnew, V. et al., Eds. (2006). Canadian feminism in action [Special issue]. Canadian Woman Studies 25(3/4).

Chinn, P. L. (2012). Peace and power: Creative leadership for building community (8th ed.) Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.

Rebick, J. (2005). Ten thousand roses: The making of a feminist revolution. Toronto: Penguin.

Other Material

Course materials includes a study guide. All other materials will be accessed online.

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 1, October 16, 2009.