Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS) invites students to challenge prevailing notions of gender and sexualities, and to learn about gender relations as they have been constructed artistically, culturally, globally, historically, institutionally, and scientifically. Through theoretical and practical investigation, students develop the critical knowledge and skills to explore the intersections of gender, sex, race, class, sexuality, (dis)ability, colonialism, imperialism, citizenship, and transnational identity while simultaneously paying attention to power, oppression, and resistance.
GWS is an interdisciplinary program, and we encourage our students to take courses from a variety of disciplines that explicitly focus on gender, and are grounded in feminist and/or queer theory.
When you are developing a course to cross-list with GWS, or are hoping to cross-list a course that you are already teaching, please keep the following in mind:
GWS courses should do some, if not all, of the following:
1) Assist students in analyzing systems of oppression related to sex, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, ability, and citizenship (intersectionality);
2) Explore how the production and archiving of knowledge, social interactions, representations, and/or institutions contribute to the perpetuation of, and/or resistance to, systems of domination;
3) Reflect current and/or canonical feminist and/or queer scholarship;
4) Centre or highlight scholars, activists, writers, performers, etc., whose voices are otherwise marginalized (e.g. women, Indigenous people, queer people of colour)
5) Incorporate pedagogies that stress collaborative and active learning, and that facilitate critical thinking;
6) Encourage students to engage in their own lives and their communities using analyses and critical perspectives developed in Gender and Women’s Studies courses.
Please submit your syllabus for review to the coordinator of Gender and Women’s Studies.
Dr. Eftihia Mihelakis: MihelakisE@brandonu.ca