Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Study how gender identity is shaped by and how it in turn affects race, class, ability, sexuality, sexual and gender identity, age, nationality and ethnicity.

Overview

Study how gender identity is shaped by and how it in turn affects race, class, ability, sexuality, sexual and gender identity, age, nationality and ethnicity.

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Develop a critical perspective and highly developed research and analytic skills while challenging your personal and political beliefs.

The program in Women’s and Gender Studies focuses on gender within a matrix that includes race, class, ability, sexuality, sexual and gender identity, age, nationality, Indigeneity and ethnicity.

Students gain an understanding of how social and cultural structures are shaped by gender and how the critical study of gender has brought about massive changes for both women and men in Canada and globally in key areas such as political participation, work, healthcare, education and justice.

Students are encouraged to help foster change at the local level through collaboration with organizations such as Voices for Women, Health Sciences North’s sexual assault crisis centre, and YWCA Sudbury.

 

Key Features

  • Apply for paid positions as research assistants through Laurentian’s work study program.
  • Emerge with a strong sense of self and the ability to make changes in a variety of places, including within the family, workplace, politics and media.
  • Engage directly in educational and activist work around gender issues and social justice through the Women’s Centre.
  • Present your work publicly every spring at the Annual Women’s Studies Student Symposium.
  • Participate in the Women’s Studies Association, an active student association that develops social and educational events.

 

Career Opportunities

Community and advocacy organizations, counselling services, crisis centres, daycare and family centres, government, public and foreign service work, graduate studies, health services, journalism, law, medicine, midwifery, the private sector, research consulting, teaching, and youth work.

 

Program Details

Women’s studies is the critical study of gender. By uncovering the ways in which social and cultural assumptions and structures are shaped by gender, students are encouraged to see how the identity ‘women’ is enmeshed in a matrix that includes race, class, ability, sexuality, sexual and gender identity, age, nationality and ethnicity, for example. Although studying women is its starting point, women’s studies also studies men and the world around us. The program encourages a critical perspective and teaches highly developed research and analytic skills while challenging students personally and politically.

Students can complete their studies online in the following: Concentration, Certificate, and Minor.

 

Faculty Members

Faculty members for this program may be found on the Thorneloe University website

Key Features

Engage directly in educational and activist work around gender issues and social justice through the Women’s Centre.
Present your work publicly every spring at the Annual Women’s Studies Student Symposium.
Participate in the Women’s Studies Association, an active student association that develops social and educational events.

Career Opportunities

Graduates can rest assured knowing there is a multitude of career options they can explore post-graduation. Some career options include, but are not limited to:

  • Community and advocacy organizations
  • Counselling services
  • Crisis centres
  • Daycare and family centres
  • Graduate studies
  • Health services,
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Midwifery
  • Research consulting
  • Teaching
  • Youth work

Many of these careers can be found in the public and private sector.
 

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