Some 25 years ago scholars started to explore women's experiences and perspectives, and examine the extent social life is shaped by gender. Gender, as an analytical concept, has its roots in feminism, so gender studies draw heavily on feminist and pro-feminist scholarship, as well as examines recent developments in areas of masculinity studies and queer studies.
Gender is a fundamental category in the organization of knowledge, social systems, forms of representation and modes of production and consumption. Critical examination of gender is as relevant to men as to women, in part because it involves the study of how masculinity is shaped.
Students minoring in gender studies will pursue a program that develops critical understanding of gender as a category to analyze and examine social dynamics, cultural expression, and belief systems. This approach combines theory with research from a variety of areas, and addresses questions such as:
- How have gender relations been organized in different cultural and historical contexts?
- How have women resisted discrimination and organized for change?
- How have men addressed gender inequalities?
- How do gender relations affect economic development?
Admission to the gender studies minor is open to students majoring in any Arts discipline and could be available to students in other faculties as minors become available. Students must select the minor in consultation with the Gender Studies Coordinator, and this should normally be done at the end of a student's second year of study, at the same time as you might be applying to declare a major.
Gender Studies at work
Your degree with a minor in gender studies could lead to work as a: