Women's and Gender Studies (WGST) 362

Constructing Women and Men in Canada: A History Since Industrialization (Revision 1)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: None. HIST 225 is recommended.

Precluded Course: WGST 362 is a cross-listed course—a course listed under two different disciplines. WGST 362 may not be taken for credit by students who have obtained credit for HIST 362.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

WGST 362 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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History/Women’s and Gender Studies 362: Constructing Women and Men in Canada: A History Since Industrialization explores the ways social, political, economic, cultural, and environmental forces have contributed to the gendering of women and men in Canada from the onset of industrialization in the nineteenth century to the present. It considers the dynamics behind the construction of different masculinities and femininities at different moments in Canada’s past and shows how these constructions have created, enforced, and reinforced particular ways of imagining the opportunities and limitations afforded women and men in Canadian society. It also shows how women and men in Canada have challenged these constructions and, in the process, fashioned wholly different conceptions of gendered roles for their own ends.


  • Unit 1: Industrialization, Urbanization, and the Gendering of Canadian History, Industrialization to 1900
  • Unit 2: Immigration, Militarism, and the End of the Long Nineteenth Century, 1900–1918
  • Unit 3: Gender between the Wars, 1918–1945
  • Unit 4: Refashioning Gender for a Postwar World, 1945–1975
  • Unit 5: Gender toward the Twenty-First Century


To receive credit for HIST/WGST 362: Constructing Women and Men in Canada: A History Since Industrialization, you must successfully complete three written assignments and a final exam and achieve a final composite course grade of D (50 percent) or better. The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1: Reflection and Response 15%
Assignment 2: Comparative Essay 20%
Assignment 3: Research Essay 35%
Final Exam 30%
Total 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

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

Course Materials

All required materials for this course can be found online.

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 HIST/WGST 362 challenge registration, you must pass the final examination. Credit is awarded on a pass/fail basis only.

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, November 22, 2019.