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Women's Studies (WMST) 400
Feminism in the Western Tradition 1790s-1940s (Revision 1)

WMST 400 closed, replaced by WGST 400.

Delivery mode: Individualized study; video/audio components.*
*Overseas students, please contact the University Library before registering in a course that has an audio/visual component.

Credits: 3 - Humanities

Prerequisite: None. WMST 266 is strongly recommended.

Centre: Centre for Work and Community Studies

WMST 400 has a Challenge for Credit option.


WMST 400 deals with selected aspects of feminist thought and feminist movements in the Western tradition from the 1790s to the 1940s. Its topics include various debates about the meaning of feminism, and feminist critiques of, and attempts to change the social order in particular times and places.


Unit 1: Feminism: Every Woman's Heritage?

Unit 2: The Struggle for Full Citizenship

Unit 3: Bread and Roses

Unit 4: Man-made Religion

Unit 5 Institutionalized Sexuality

Unit 6: Women and (Men's?) Wars


To receive credit for WMST 400, you must obtain a grade of "50" per cent or better on the final assignment, and achieve a course composite grade of at least "D" (50 per cent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Assign. 1:
Short Essays Assignment
Assign. 2:
Comparative Book Review
Assign. 3:
Research Paper Assign.
20% 30% 50% 100%

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

Course Materials

The course materials include a study guide, a student manual, and two readers.