GSFS Course List

This is a complete list of all the courses offered in the new Gender, Sexuality, Feminist, and Social Justice Studies (GSFS) program. For more information about course requirements for the GSFS programs, visit the GSFS Minor, Major, Honours and Joint Honours pages. To see which GSFS courses will be offered in the academic year 2016-17, please click here. For a list of complementary course offering in 2016-17, click here.

Course Number Course Title Credits Description

GSFS 200*

(Previously WMST 200)

Feminist and Social Justice Studies 3

Introduction to the key concepts, issues, and modes of analysis in the interdisciplinary fields of feminist and social justice studies. Emphasis on the intersections of gender, race, class, sex, sexuality, and nation in systems of power from historical and contemporary perspectives and the means for collectively transforming them.  

GSFS 250*

(Previously SDST 250)

Sexual and Gender Diversity Studies 3

Introduction to the interdisciplinary fields of sexual and gender diversity studies from a range of theoretical, historical, and contemporary perspectives with an anti-oppressive and intersectional emphasis on marginalized identities, communities, practices and expressions.

GSFS 300

(Previously WMST 303)

Research Inquiry

3

Practices and methods of research inquiry in Gender, Sexuality, Feminist, and Social Justice Studies with a particular emphasis on feminist epistemologies, research methodologies and methods in interdisciplinary contexts.

GSFS 301

GSFS Current Topics 1

3

Consideration of contemporary issues in Gender, Sexuality, Feminist, and Social Justice Studies. Topic and approach will vary from year to year.

GSFS 302

GSFS Current Topics 2

3

Consideration of contemporary issues in Gender, Sexuality, Feminist, and Social Justice Studies. Topic and approach will vary from year to year.

GSFS 303 Gender and Disability 3

Focus on critical theories of impairment and visions of social justice from gender and disability studies perspectives.

GSFS 304 Postcolonial Feminist Theory 3

Critically examines bodies of postcolonial feminist theories from a variety of cross-disciplinary and transnational perspectives. 

GSFS 305 Critical Race Theories 3

An examination of critical race feminisms and social justice theories in historical and contemporary perspectives, exploring how critical race, transnational, and indigenous feminist theorizing inform social justice, liberation struggles, and other activism.

GSFS 306 Queer Theory 3

Examines the emergence of queer theory in the context of major social movements and key bodies of theory such as women of color feminisms, poststructuralism, performativity, affect and psychoanalysis. Engages with contemporary queer critiques such as queer of colour, transnational, and Indigenous perspectives.

GSFS 307 Indigenous Feminisms 3

Explores Indigenous feminisms in historical and contemporary contexts, with a critical focus on the tensions between feminist and Indigenous epistemologies. The relationships between feminisms, settler-colonialism, nation-building, and Indigenous social justice struggles will be emphasized.

GSFS 308 Sex and Gender Minority Cultures 3

Examination of cultural expression associated with non-normative and minoritarian gender, sex, and sexualities as shaped by local, regional, and global ideologies, economies, and social practices. 

GSFS 400 Capstone: Engaging in the Fields 3

Examines the current state and debates within the interdisciplinary fields of Gender, Sexuality, Feminist, and Social Justice Studies. Emphasis will be placed on how students can situate their knowledge and scholarship within and beyond these fields.

GSFS 401

GSFS Special Topics 1

3

Advanced seminar in selected themes and issues in Gender, Sexuality, Feminist, and Social Justice Studies. Topics and theoretical or disciplinary approach will vary from year to year.    

GSFS 402

GSFS Special Topics 2

3

Advanced seminar in selected themes and issues in Gender, Sexuality, Feminist, and Social Justice Studies. Topics and theoretical or disciplinary approach will vary from year to year.    

GSFS 403 Feminisms and the Law 3

Examines the relationship between feminisms and the law by drawing on feminist legal theory, feminist theories of jurisprudence, post coloniality, critical race epistemologies, and decolonizing methodologies for studying legal culture and law as a site of social struggles.  

GSFS 404 Politics of Identity 3

Examines the emergence of identity politics as a corrective to the erasures of gender, sexed, and raced differences in class-based struggles, and to feminist complicities with racism, heterosexism, colonialism, and transphobia. The course engages contemporary debates on identity politics and subjectivity formation, the psychic life of power, struggles for recognition, and solidarity politics.

GSFS 405 Social Justice and Activism 3

Develops frameworks for understanding the relationships between critical knowledge production, activism, and social justice. Emphasis on activist strategies, social change initiatives, and their underlying theories and methodologies. Explores the emergence of social justice frameworks in response to ongoing histories of colonization, imperialism, and alternative world making.

GSFS 406 Trans*Feminisms 3

Contemporary debates in the field of trans*feminist studies, with an emphasis on the historical emergence of trans studies in relation to feminist and queer scholarship and activism. Consideration of the politics of sex/gender transformation vis-à-vis race-racism, sexuality, class, culture, nation, and social justice. 

GSFS 407 Sexuality and Gender: New Directions 3

Examines the latest critical scholarship in sexual and gender diversity studies.

GSFS 450*

(Previously WMST 461/462 or SDST 450)

Independent Reading and Research 3

Advanced reading course and independent research project under the supervision of an instructor on aspects of Gender, Sexuality, Feminist, and Social Justice Studies.

GSFS 495D1*

(Previously WMST 495D1)

Honours/Joint Honours Colloquium 1.5

Students will research, discuss, and present their thesis topics.

GSFS 495D2* 

(Previously WMST 495D2)

Honours/Joint Honours Colloquium

1.5

Students will research, discuss, and present their thesis topics.

GSFS 496D1*

(Previously WMST 496D1)

Honours Thesis 3

Supervised reading and preparation of an Honours Thesis under the direction of a faculty supervisor.

GSFS 496D2*

(Previously WMST 496D2)

Honours Thesis

3

Supervised reading and preparation of an Honours Thesis under the direction of a faculty supervisor.

GSFS 497D1*

(Previously WMST 497D1)

Joint Honours Thesis 1.5

Supervised reading and preparation of a Joint Honours thesis under the direction of a faculty supervisor.

GSFS 497D2*

(Previously WMST 497D2)

Joint Honours Thesis

1.5

Supervised reading and preparation of a Joint Honours thesis under the direction of a faculty supervisor.

GSFS 499*

(Previously WMST 494 or SDST 499)

Internship: Gender, Sexuality, Feminist and Social Justice Studies  

Internship with an approved host institution or organization.

*For students currently enrolled in Women's Studies or Sexual Diversity Studies, please note that GSFS courses will count towards degree requirements for Women's Studies and Sexual Diversity Studies. Please contact andrew.folco [at] mcgill.ca (Andrew Folco), the Administrative and Students Affairs Coordinator, if you have questions.