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Gender and Women's Studies courses give you the opportunity to explore the many gendered aspects of the human experience in an interdisciplinary context. Our courses provide multiple perspectives on the experiences of women, and the intersections of gender, sexuality, class, racialization, religion, and ability. GWS courses complement well with those in other fields. See the GWS 2020-2021 courses (PDF).

GWS required courses

GWS 1003 Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies I (3 ch)

This general interest course provides an introduction to the study of gender and women’s equality and examines how current social, political and economic realities intersect to structure gender relations. Topics may include gender, gender as a spectrum, gender-based and diversity analysis, gendered violence, feminism, hegemonic masculinity, missing and murdered Indigenous women, patriarchy, pay equity, rape culture, sexism, sexual assault, sexualities, stereotyping, the third wave women’s movement, trans issues, unpaid work, the wage gap, women in politics and work-life balance.

GWS 2003 Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies II (3 ch)

This entry-level course, which is recommended for both first-and second-year students, explores the study of gender and women’s equality issues with particular focus on women’s activism from the 19th century to the present. It also examines the diverse theoretical approaches within feminist scholarship to outline broad terms of debate, and investigates specific feminist arguments in regard to written and visual representations and explores various socio-political issues. Topics covered will be viewed through multiple lenses (race, class, gender, sexual orientation) with a primary focus on sexual and reproductive health, paid and unpaid labour, political institutions and the status of women, the wage gap and female poverty, violence and family relations.

GWS 4004 Seminar in Gender and Women’s Studies (3 ch)

This seminar examines some current priority issues for researchers and activists locally and globally, and it explores new theoretical and methodological perspectives for studying the gender-based aspects of society.

GWS 4900 Honours Thesis in Gender and Women’s Studies (6 ch)

The thesis option is open to, and required of, Joint Honours students only; it involves directed reading and research, leading to an Honours thesis. If a student is also completing another program requiring an Honours thesis, 6 credit hours of upper-level or seminar courses may replace GWS 4900.

GWS core courses

This interdisciplinary program allows you to take a variety of courses from different Faculty of Arts departments.

Faculty of Arts Internship Program, with a Gender and Women’s Studies Focus

Through a special arrangement with the Faculty of Arts Internship program you may complete a work placement at an organization such as the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research or the Women’s Equality Branch of the Government of New Brunswick.

You will receive 3 ch or 6 ch toward your GWS program. For more information on ARTS 3000, ARTS 3001 and ARTS 3002, contact the Faculty of Arts Internship Coordinator at