CAN230 - Women in Canada

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Subject Title
Women in Canada

Subject Description
Women have constantly struggled and sought to transform their worlds through individual and collective political struggles, as well as through literature and cultural production. Women in Canada  is a course that provides an area of inquiry designed to explore and generate knowledge by examining the diverse experiences of women from a multidisciplinary point of view. CAN 230 is an introductory course covering a broad range of topics including women's history, socialization, women and work, and women and their sexual identities.The students will develop a critical framework for thinking about questions relating to gender, including such important contemporary issues such as gender discrimination and sexual harassment, women's health, and developmental issues. Special attention is given to the current status of women today (contrasted with their past status) with a view to commenting on the future role of women in Canadian society. Topics that concern how women are defined in education, the family and in Canadian politics will be addressed in CAN 230. We will also explore women's creative expression in art and literature as an essential part of the course. We will explore the challenges women have historically faced in Canada as well as the gap between women's realities and choices.

Credit Status
One general education elective credit in the Arts & Humanities category

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

The objectives of this course include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. To define the academic field of women’s studies in Canada
  2. To provide an understanding  of how women’s studies has evolved and affected viewpoints  within the academic world and in wider communities
  3. To identify the diversity of feminist thought
  4. To identify a feminist approach to academics
  5. To understand the place of activism in the study of women in Canada
  6. To analyze the intersections of gender, race, class and sexuality
  7. To critically reflect on the viewpoints of the diverse course materials
  8. To communicate effectively and confident
  9. To communicate both orally and in writing.
  10. To develop one’s own critical perspective or considered point of view.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.