Women's and Gender Studies (WGST) 401

Contemporary Feminist Theory (Revision 4)

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WGST 401 replaces WMST 401

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None. WGST 266 is strongly recommended.

Precluded Course: WMST 401. (WGST 401 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for WMST 401.)

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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WGST 401 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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Women's and Gender Studies 401: Contemporary Feminist Theory is intended to offer both an overview of feminist theories and women's movements in Canada and elsewhere in the world and a critical discussion of varieties of feminism as they pertain to issues such as gender violence, reproduction, work, families, and sexuality. The course and the readings in the course attempt to recognize the differences among women according to factors such as class, race, sexual orientation, citizenship, and physical ability. It is hoped that the course indicates the tremendous changes that have come about with respect to issues in feminist theory in the last 50 years or so.


  • Unit 1: Introduction to Feminist Theory: Canadian and Global Perspectives
  • Unit 2: Women's Movements Around the World
  • Unit 3: Work
  • Unit 4: Sexuality
  • Unit 5: Reproduction
  • Unit 6: Gendered Violence


To receive credit for WGST 401, you must complete four assignments and achieve a minimum grade of D (50 percent) or better on each assignment.

The weighting for each assignment are as follows:

Activity Weighting
Review Quiz 10%
First Short-essay Assignment 30%
Second Short-essay Assignment 30%
Research Essay 30%
Total 100%

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

Course Materials

All course materials are accessed online. They include scholarly articles, commentary by course authors Dr. Cathy Bray and Dr. Asma Sayed, study questions, and other materials.

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 401 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least B (75 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 4, January 10, 2013.

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