Women's and Gender Studies (WGST) 315

Women in Asia: Colonization, Modernization, and Globalization (Revision 1)

HIST 307 course cover

Permanently closed, effective May 11, 2018.

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None. GLST 307 or HIST 307 is recommended. Students taking this course are expected to have university-level research and writing skills.

Precluded courses: WGST 315 is a cross-listed course—a course listed under three different disciplines—with HIST 315 or GLST 315. (WGST 315 may not be taken for credit by students who have obtained credit for HIST 315 or GLST 315.)

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Women's & Gender Studies home page

WGST 315 has a Challenge for Credit option.


Women's and Gender Studies 315 is designed as a survey course of women’s experiences in Asian society. It covers the historical period from pre-colonial time to contemporary era, but emphasis is given to the 20th century, an era in which significant economic changes and political turbulences occurred in Asia.


  • Unit 1: Main Themes and Important Issues
  • Unit 2: South/Southeast Asian Women before the Independence
  • Unit 3: East Asian Women from Ancient to Modern Eras
  • Unit 4: Women in Post-colonial India and other South Asian Countries
  • Unit 5: Southeast Asian Women and Development
  • Unit 6: Being Women in Japan
  • Unit 7: Women in Confucian Capitalist Countries: Singapore/South Korea/Taiwan
  • Unit 8: The Changing Identities of Women in Maoist and Post-reformist China


To receive credit for WGST 315, you must achieve a minimum grade of 50 percent on the final examination and a composite course grade of at least “D” (50 percent). The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Mid-term Quiz Essay 1 Essay 2 Final Exam Total
5% 20% 35% 40% 100%

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

Course Materials


Barbara N. Ramusack & Sharon Sievers, Women in Asia: Restoring Women to History (Indiana University Press 1999)

Louise Edwards & Mina Roces ed. Women in Asia: Tradition, modernity and globalisation (the University of Michigan, 2000.)

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 315 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 1, September 26, 2011

Updated May 11 2018 by SAS