Women's and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary program that examines the development, transmission, and transformation of ideas and attitudes about women and gender across different historical periods, societies, and cultures. The program integrates theory and practice by introducing students to scholarship from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives and challenging them to work for change and equality in their communities and in their daily lives.
Women's and Gender Studies courses invite students to consider topics such as women's roles in society, history, philosophy, and religion; gender and the media; women and work; gender, race and class; international development; gender and sexuality; women and politics; women and literature; gender and language; women and social change; women and the family; and gender and the arts.
The Women's and Gender Studies program at U of T Scarborough is unique in that it benefits from the interdisciplinary structure of the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies while also reaching further across disciplinary boundaries through its strong affiliation with the Social Sciences. Students will develop critical and analytic skills as thinkers, writers, and communicators that will shape their research and their ability to work on issues involving women and equity at the community level.
The program at U of T Scarborough also emphasizes the diversity of women's lives and experiences globally, particularly in relation to differences in race, ethnicity, class, age, sexual orientation, and disability; the diversity of our student body greatly enriches our consideration of these issues.
A degree including Women's and Gender Studies will enable students to assess how women's roles across disciplines impact our understanding of society and history and our actions, past and present, within local and global communities. Students preparing for a career in education, research, business, administration, government, law, journalism, social work, equity issues, or activism are encouraged to consider enrolling in a Women's and Gender Studies program.
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