Women's and Gender Studies

Faculty List

  • J. English, M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
  • D. Gabaccia, M.A., Ph.D. (Michigan), Professor
  • C. Guberman, M.E.S. (York), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
  • A. Grewal, M.A. (Trent), Ph.D. (Chicago), Assistant Professor
  • A. Hachimi, M.A., Ph.D. (Hawaii), Associate Professor
  • F. Iacovetta, M.A., Ph.D. (York), Professor
  • N.C. Johnston, M.A., Ph.D. (York, Canada), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
  • J. Sharma,  M.A. (Delhi), M/Phil. (Delhi), Ph.D. (Cantab), Associate Professor

Undergraduate Advisor Email: wst-undergrad-advisor@utsc.utoronto.ca  (416-287-7184)

The Women’s and Gender Studies program examines the development, transmission and transformation of ideas and attitudes about women and gender, and studies the social, cultural and economic expression of these ideas across a wide variety of societies, cultures and historic periods. The program encourages students to integrate theory and practice by utilizing a variety of methods, considering perspectives from a wide range of disciplines, and working for change and equality in their communities and daily lives.

By emphasizing the global diversity of women’s lives and experiences, the Women’s and Gender Studies program asks students to think about the theoretical and practical, real-world significance of differences in race, ethnicity, class, age, ability, sexualities and gender identity. Courses, many of which incorporate experiential learning, enhance understanding of diverse themes including women’s role in society, history, philosophy, literature, the media, the environment and development.

Women’s and Gender Studies introduces students to interdisciplinary ways of thinking and working drawn from the Humanities, Social and Life Sciences. Faculty teaching in the program, and students enrolled in the program, come from a wide variety of disciplines. Students will develop critical and analytical skills for thinking, writing and oral communication that will prepare them to work in a wide variety of workplaces and community environments.

Completion of a program in Women’s and Gender Studies is especially useful for students preparing for careers in research, business, administration, government, law, journalism, education, social work, equity issues, and many forms of public and community activism.

Women's and Gender Studies Areas of Concentration Table:

Health, Sexualities, and the Gendered Body
Gender, Equity, and Human Rights

ANTC15H3 Genders and Sexualities
ANTD01H3 The Body in Culture and Society
ENGB74H3 The Body in Literature and Film
(ENGC77H3)/(VPAC48H3) The Body in Contemporary Culture: Theories and Representations
GGRD10H3 Health and Sexuality
HLTC02H3 Women and Health: Past and Present
PSYD18H3 Psychology of Gender
WSTB12H3 Senior Seminar in Sex, Gender and the Body

GASB20H3 Gender and Social Institutions in Asia
MGHC23H3/(MGTC23H3) Diversity in the Workplace
POLC94H3 Globalization, Gender and Development
SOCC09H3 Sociology of Gender and Work
SOCC38H3 Gender and Education
WSTB10H3 Women, Power and Protest
WSTC14H3 Women, Community and Policy Change
WSTC40H3 Gender and Disability
AFSC97H3/HISC97H3 Women in Sub-Saharan Africa
WSTD04H3 Senior Seminar in Gender, Equity and Human Rights

Representations and Constructions of Women and Gender
Gender, Local and Global Communities, and Diaspora

ENGB50H3 Women and Literature: Forging a Tradition
[(ENGB51H3) or ENGC54H3] Gender and Genre
ENGC34H3 Early Modern Women and Literature: 1500-1700
ENGC51H3 Contemporary Arab Women Writers
ENGD80H3 Women and Canadian Writing
LINC28H3/WSTC28H3 Language and Gender
PHLB13H3 Philosophy and Feminism
SOCB22H3 Sociology of Gender
(VPHB57H3) Women in the Arts: Hot Mamas, Amazona, and Madonnas
WSTB13H3 Gender, Media and Culture
WSTC12H3 Writing the Self: Global Women's Autobiographies
WSTC16H3 Criminal Women: Gender, Justice and the Media
WSTC22H3 Gender and Film
WSTD07H3 Themes in the History of Childhood and Culture

ANTC14H3 Feminism and Anthropology
GASC20H3 Gendering Global Asia
GASD20H3 Advanced Seminar: Social Change and Gender Relations in Chinese Societies
GGRD09H3 Feminist Geographies
HISC45H3 Immigrant and Race Relations in Canadian History
HISD30H3 Gendering America
HISD46H3/WSTD46H3 Selected Topics in Canadian Women's History
HISD56H3 'Coolies' and Others: Asian Labouring Diasporas in the British Empire
HISD16H3/WSTD16H3 Socialist Feminism in Global Context
SOCB49H3 Sociology of Family
SOCC24H3 Special Topics in Gender and Family
SOCC29H3 Family and Gender in the Middle East
WSTC10H3 Women and Development
(WSTC11H3) Applied Studies in Women and Development
WSTC13H3 Women, Gender and Islam
WSTC20H3 Women, Gender and Environmental (In)Justice
WSTD10H3 Storytelling and Social Change

Guidelines for first year course selection
Students who intend to complete a Women's and Gender Studies program should first take WSTA01H3 and WSTA03H3 in their first year before proceeding to the upper level courses.

For updates and detailed information regarding Women's and Gender Studies, please visit the Historical and Cultural Studies website.

Service Learning and Outreach
For an experiential learning opportunity that also serves others, consider the course CTLB03H3 (Introduction to Service Learning), which can be found in the "Teaching and Learning” section of the Calendar.