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Women's Studies


The Women's Studies department offers courses required to complete VIU's Bachelor of Arts Minor in Women's Studies.

Course offerings vary from year to year. Check Generate a Timetable for available course offerings.

WOST 100  (3)  Young Women and Leadership: Issues and Action

Introduction to the history, challenges, and achievements of women as leaders and to the basic concepts of leadership theory, skills, and attributes. It explores critical issues facing young women preparing to assume leadership roles in their workplace or communities and draws on the experience of those who have done so. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: None

WOST 200  (3)  Intro to Women's Studies I

This interdisciplinary course offers an introduction to the intellectual and social origins of feminism, and an exploration of the position of women in contemporary society. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: None.

WOST 201  (3)  Intro to Women's Studies II

A continuation of WOST 200. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: None.

WOST 210  (3)  Intro to Women's Studies: First Nations I

Using the tools of feminist inquiry, studies the roles and position of First Nations women in contemporary society with particular attention paid to women's identities, history and spirituality and to the effects of education, social policy, law and tradition on their lives. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: None.

WOST 211  (3)  Intro to Women's Studies: First Nations II

A continuation of WOST 210. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: None.

WOST 305  (3)  Foundations of Feminist Thought I

An examination of the origins of gender as a category of difference, and women's responses to it, from early times to the present. Texts focus on women's work, women and the economy (with both national and global perspectives), women and religion, women and violence and the institutionalization of gender, race and class differences. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: WOST 200 and WOST 201 or WOST 210 and WOST 211.

WOST 306  (3)  Foundations of Feminist Thought II

An investigation of gender by looking at the roles played by language and by cultural representations of women. A review of the issues and accomplishments of first and second wave feminism. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: WOST 200 and WOST 201 or WOST 210 and WOST 211.

WOST 310  (3)  Women's Autobiographies

An examination of a selection of autobiographical texts by women, with a frequent focus on the lives of First Nations women. Autobiography is a genre of expression frequently chosen by women perhaps because of the many forms it may take: journals, memoirs, diaries, sketches, poetry and film, and because of its tendency to subvert conventional genre boundaries. (0:3:0)

Prerequisite: WOST 200 and WOST 201 or WOST 210 and WOST 211.

WOST 320  (3)  Women and Leadership

An examination of the critical issues facing women who are preparing themselves to assume leadership roles in their workplace or communities, drawing on the experiences of those who have already done so. Encourages the development of a variety of leadership skills and includes both theoretical and practical components. (0:3:0)

Prerequisite: WOST 200 and WOST 201 or WOST 210 and WOST 211.

WOST 330  (3)  Women and Gender in Digital Spaces

Students will engage with an emergent landscape of feminist, queer, and trans scholarship on cyber-cultures. The online world deserves ongoing critical inquiry, and this course invites students to think extensively about their own forms of participation in "technocultures" (interactions between politics, technology, and culture). (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Third-year standing.

WOST 340  (3)  Indigenous Feminism and Indigenous Law

An interdisciplinary investigation of legal issues concerning Indigenous Women in Canada. This course emphasizes an intersectional approach to Indigenous Law, environmental decision-making, Indigenous feminism, and narrative case studies. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Third-year standing or permission of instructor.

WOST 380  (3)  Topics in Women's Studies

An intensive study of selected aspects of Women's Studies. Topics vary from year to year to ensure a broad range of coverage. (May be taken for credit more than once in different topics.) (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: WOST 200 and WOST 201 or WOST 210 and WOST 211.

WOST 400  (3)  Feminist Theories

An interdisciplinary review of the significant feminist theories developed in the latter half of the twentieth century. (0:3:0)

Prerequisite: WOST 305 and WOST 306.

WOST 401  (3)  Feminist Research Methodologies

An exploration of a variety of feminist research methodologies. Each student completes a significant piece of research in the form of a senior project, the topic of which will be determined in consultation with the instructor, and provides regular updates of the progress of their work in the seminar component of the course. (0:3:0)

Prerequisite: WOST 305 and WOST 306.

WOST 490  (3)  Directed Studies

Students undertake an agreed-upon course of reading, regular meetings with faculty supervisor and submission of regular written assignments, one of which will be a research paper. Usually available only to students who are minoring in Women's Studies and on topics not covered in other courses. (0:3:0)

Prerequisite: WOST 305 and WOST 306.