Outline: CAN 230
Women in Canada
Subject DescriptionThe course deals with the current status of women in Canadian society through an examination of women's previous roles and contributions and with a view of examining strategies for change in the future. Issues include ancient and contemporary women's history, imagery and symbolism of women in Western civilization, sex, gender and biology, socialization, women and work and women and their bodies.
Credit StatusOne general education elective credit: Canadian Studies
Co-RequisitesEAC149 or equivalent
Learning OutcomesIn CAN230 students will be introduced to the academic field of women's studies and to gain an understanding of how women's studies has evolved and affected viewpoints within the academic world and in wider communities.
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:
1. Understand a feminist approach to academics, including the place of personal experience and activism in the study of women
2. Recognize the diversity of feminist thought
3. Analyze the intersections of gender, race, class and sexuality.
4. Critically reflect on the viewpoints of the diverse materials presented.
5. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
6. Develop one's own critical perspective
1. An Introduction to Women’s Studies
2. Imagery and Symbolism
3. Ancient History
4. Contemporary History
5. The Biological Perspective
7. Women and Work
8. Women and Their Bodies
9. Women and the Family
10. The Future
Texts & Materials
See professor's addendum.
All students are required to use the following Research Guide for their assignments:
A Guide to Research and Citation MLA Style prepared by Seneca Libraries for the Faculty of Business, August 2008.
Modes of EvaluationTerm Work 70%
Final Exam 30%
Evaluation of Work
Evaluation is based on correct language usage, organization and mastery of the subject at a post secondary level. Students are expected to learn professional standards of performance in the subject areas, and tests and assignments will be graded on that basis. In recognition of the significance of exceptional communication skills in the work place, marks are deducted for language errors on all tests and exams. A student can be failed on the basis of language errors alone.
Modes of Instruction
The main form of instruction will be lectures supplemented by appropriate films and student presentations. In view of the fact that ideas are best acquired in the process of discussion, students will be encouraged to ask questions, to voice their opinion and make comments during the lectures. To further facilitate student participation and to provide an opportunity to work in a cooperative collective style of work, all students will participate in planning and delivering a class presentation on topics provided by the professor.<>Promotion Policy
To be successful in this subject, you must complete all course work as specified, achieve a grade of 55% or more on the final exam, and achieve an overall grade of 55% or more.
NOTE: Refer to your professor’s “Addendum to the Subject Outline” for more information on Texts & Materials, Modes of Evaluation, Weekly Schedule and Class Standards.
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Approved By: Claire Moane, Chair
School of English & Liberal Studies
Last Updated: Summer 2009