Women's and Gender Studies (WGST) 423
Mothering/Motherhood in the Real World (Revision 1)
Delivery Mode: Individualized study online
Area of Study: Social Science
Precluded Course: None
WGST 423 has a Challenge for Credit option.
This course looks at motherhood and mothering within the context of Western society. As you study the materials in this course, you will be encouraged to distinguish between mothering as a construct that informs personal identity and motherhood as a role determined and shaped by gendered, social, economic, and cultural structures. You will have the opportunity to explore how changes in expectations have affected mothers’ roles and mothering practices. You will look at the roles that theory and popular culture have played in shaping contemporary mothering practice; issues affecting women’s choices to combine professional careers with mothering; public policy that works to either constrain or reinforce the practice of mothering; the impact of poverty and mental well-being on motherhood; and how others outside of the boundaries defining the “good mother” experience motherhood. All the topics discussed in this course offer insights encouraging a critical awareness of factors affecting the lives of contemporary women who are also mothers.
- Unit 1: The Study of Motherhood
- Unit 2: Reflections on Motherhood—Theory and Popular Culture
- Unit 3: Paid Employment and the Practice of Motherhood
- Unit 4: Enabling Policies—In Theory and in Practice
- Unit 5: Mothering and Poverty
- Unit 6: Mothers, Mothering, and Mental Health
- Unit 7: “Other” Mothers, “Other” Mothering
- Unit 8: The Future of Motherhood
To receive credit for WGST 423, you must complete all five assessment activities and achieve a minimum grade of 50 percent on the final exam as well as an overall grade of D (50 percent) or better for the entire course.
|Activity||Credit Weight||Due Date|
|Assessment Activity 1: Reflection||10% of final grade||After Unit 1|
|Assessment Activity 2: Compare and Contrast||15% of final grade||After Unit 2|
|Assessment Activity 3: Midterm Take-Home Review||20% of final grade||After Unit 4|
|Assessment Activity 4: Film Review and Critique||25% of final grade||After Unit 8|
|Assessment Activity 5: Final Invigilated Exam||30% of final grade||After Unit 8|
|Total||100% of final grade|
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Kinser, A. (2010). Motherhood and feminism. Berkeley, CA: Seal Press.
Ross, L. R. (2016). Interrogating Motherhood. Edmonton, AB: AU Press. [e-textbook]
All other materials are available online.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, and 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.
To receive credit for the WGST 423 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least D (50 percent) or greater on the research essay to be eligible to write the challenge examination. A cumulative average of 50 percent on both activities is required. 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, January 16, 2017.
Updated April 03 2019 by Student & Academic Services