Women's and Gender Studies (WGST) 266

Thinking from Women's Lives—An Introduction to Women's Studies (Revision 3)

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WGST 266 replaces WMST 266

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None

Precluded courses: WMST 266, 267 & 300. (WGST 266 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for WMST 266, 267 or 300.)

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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WGST 266 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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At the turn of the 20th century, American journalist Rebecca West wrote in The Clarion, “I myself have never been able to find out exactly what feminism is. I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.” Over a hundred years later, feminism still evokes a range of reactions, including suspicion and outward hostility.

WGST 266: Thinking from Women's Lives—An Introduction to Women's Studies sets out to demonstrate the value and relevance of feminist thinking and activism in Canada today. It provides an overview of the history of feminism as well as a critical examination of the ways in which different groups of women experience marginalization and oppression in the Canadian context. The intersection of gender with race, class, and sexuality is highlighted throughout the course.


  • Unit 1: Riding the Waves: A History and Overview of Feminist Thinking and Activism
  • Unit 2: Theorizing Women’s Lives
  • Unit 3: Feminism, Diversity, and Difference
  • Unit 4: Bodies and Representations
  • Unit 5: Violence Against Women
  • Unit 6: A Woman’s Work Is Never Done
  • Unit 7: Wellness and Health
  • Unit 8: Feminism Across Borders


To receive credit for WGST 266, you must complete four assignments, and achieve a course composite grade of at least D (50 percent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1 (Oral Review) 20%
Assignment 2 (Research Essay Plan) 15%
Assignment 3 (Research Essay) 25%
Assignment 4 (Three Short Essays) 40%
Total 100%

Note: All written assignments are open book. To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Mandell, N. & Johnson, J. (Eds.) (2017). Feminist issues: Race, class, and sexuality (6th ed.). Toronto: Pearson Canada Inc.

A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.


Cranney, B. & Molloy, S. (Eds.). (2015). Canadian woman studies: An introductory reader (3rd ed.). Toronto: Inanna Publications & Education Inc.

Other Materials

All other materials, including the Study Guide, are accessed online through the course website.

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 WGST 266 challenge registration, you must complete all the essay questions and achieve a composite grade of D (50 percent) or higher on the challenge assignment. Credit will be awarded as either a pass or a fail.

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, July 27, 2020.

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