Women's and Gender Studies (WGST) 301
Gender, Sexuality and Society (Revision 3)
Revision 3 is permanently closed, effective June 24, 2020. Replaced with WGST 320
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WGST 301 replaces WGST 270
Delivery Mode: Individualized study online
Area of Study: Social Science
Prerequisite: WGST 266 or equivalent is strongly recommended.
Precluded Course: WGST 270 and WMST 270. (WGST 301 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for WGST 270 or WMST 270.)
WGST 301 has a Challenge for Credit option.
WGST 301 aims to provide students with a deeper understanding of the ways in which gender, identity and sexuality operate in contemporary North American society. The starting point of the course is that gender is socially constructed, not based in biology as commonly believed. Notions of "doing gender" and "gender performance" are central to the course. Students will engage with poststructuralist, postmodern, feminist and queer theory in order to critically examine not only gender norms but resistance and challenges to these norms. Femininity, masculinity, disability, as well as queer and transgender politics and identifications will be studied in a variety of contexts, including the family, education, recreation and leisure, the body and representation, media and popular culture and social justice activism.
- Unit 1: The Social Construction of Gender
- Unit 2: Children and Youth Perform Gender
- Unit 3: Performing Femininities
- Unit 4: Performing Masculinities
- Unit 5: Gender and Disability
- Unit 6: Gender Trouble
Each unit consists of a list of learning objectives; a list of unit activities, which includes assigned readings and video lectures; a critical reflection exercise; a self-test, and a list of references and supplementary materials.
|Assignment 1 Oral Review||20%|
|Assignment 2 Critical Reflections||30%|
|Assignment 3 Research Essay Proposal||10%|
|Assignment 4 Research Essay||40%|
Note: To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Lorber, J., & Moore, L. J. (2011). Gendered bodies: Feminist perspectives. (2nd Ed.) New York: Oxford University Press.
All other course materials, including the online study guide, required readings and video lectures, are available on your 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.
To receive credit for the WGST 301 challenge registration, you must complete all four essays 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, November 14, 2017.
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