WSTA03H3 Study Guide - Final Guide: Marilyn Waring, Gwynne Dyer, Glass Ceiling

Women's and Gender Studies
Course Code
Victoria Tahmasebi
Study Guide

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Womens & Gender Studies – Department of Humanities
WGSTA03H3S: Theories of Feminism
Winter 2011
Lectures:Tuesdays 4:00pm-6:00pm
Instructor: Dr. Victoria Tahmasebi-Birgani
Office: HW517
Office Hours: Mondays 1:00-2:00pm & Tuesdays 2:00 – 3:00pm
Phone: 416-287-7158
Email: OR
(Please put WSTA03 in the subject heading of all your email correspondence)
Blackboard course website for WSTA03H3S will be an active virtual space where I will be posting
different course materials. You must visit the course website regularly (at least twice a week).
Students in this course must obtain an active UTSCid student account in order to use the blackboard for
this course.
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Tutorial Leaders:
Hannah Dyer:
Katie Milley:
Shaista Patel:
Sandra Zichermann:
Marking Scheme
Tutorial Participation 20%
Two Summaries/Précis10% Due February 15, 2011
News Analysis Paper 15% Due March 15, 2011
Comparative Essay 20% Due April 05, 2011
Final exam 35% To be scheduled in exam period
April 12- May 01, 2011
Last day to drop S courses without academic penalty and have them removed from the transcript:
March 27, 2011
All term work must be submitted by: April 05, 2011

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This course introduces students to feminist theories with a focus on the diverse, multidisciplinary and
multicultural expressions of feminist thought. It offers an overview of the major themes, concepts and
terminologies in feminist thinking and explores their meanings. The course begins with providing an
introduction to a wide range of feminist theories and their applications; it explains what feminist theory
does and what it is for. Some of these problems include: gender-role stereotyping, violence against
women, gendered division of labour, class inequalities, heterosexism and homophobia, racism and
ethnocentrism. Although the approaches taken by theorists differ significantly –and often sharply—they
share one general understanding: we live in and under a patriarchal system which results in various
manifestations of dominance, oppression, privilege, resistance and new identities and agency formations.
The course also introduces students as to how different feminist theories emerged out of their
intersections with other theories including political studies, psychoanalysis, queer theory, sexualities
studies, postmodern and post-colonial studies, literary studies, film studies and environmental studies.
1- To explore the broad range of theories which make up the body of scholarship we refer to as
“feminist theory”;
2- To examine feminist critiques and innovations in theory in different fields;
3- To consider some of the fundamental questions these theories raise about the origins of gender
difference, the nature and origins of patriarchy, the intersections between gender, race, class,
sexuality, and nationality as categories of analysis or bases of oppression or empowerment;
4- To develop an understanding of theory as an awareness of how we know, understand and
manipulate the world;
5- To ask questions about silent assumptions, expectations, and implications of theoretical practices;
6- To sharpen our theoretical, analytical, and critical skills through reading, thinking, speaking
7- To enable students to apply feminist theories to everyday lived experiences
1. Judith Lorber, (ed). Gender Inequality: Feminist Theory and Politics. Fourth Edition (New York &
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010)
The book can be purchased from UTSC bookstore.
2. There are also additional articles posted on blackboard that are part of your required readings.
Week 1: January 11, 2011
Introduction to the Course. What is Theory? Feminist Theory? What is the Connection to Women's Studies?
Required Readings:

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Bell Hooks, "Theory as Liberatory Practice" in Feminist Theory: A Reader. Second Edition. Edited by Wendy
K. Kolmar & Frances Bartkowski (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005), pp. 36-41. (Posted on Blackboard)
a.News Article: The Daily Telegraph,Teach girls feminism at school, says academic, 9 August 2008
(Posted on Blackboard)
No in-class viewing
Week 2: January 18, 2011
Liberal Feminism: The Quest for Equality and Legal Reform.
Required Readings:
a. Lorber, Chapter 1 (pp. 25-45)
b.News Article1: Toronto Star, 'Erosion' of women's equality slammed; Report to UN takes aim at
Harper government for decline in rights (On Blackboard)
c.News Article 2: Toronto Star, “Feminomics (On Blackboard)
In-class viewing: The glass ceiling [videorecording] / a production of the National Film Board of Canada under
the Federal Women's Film Program (FWFP).
Week 3: January 25, 2011
Radical Feminism: Revealing Patriarchal Discourse and Ideology.
Required Readings:
Lorber, Chapter 5 (pp. 121-141)
News Article: Globe and Mail: Why not just talk about it?', July 19, 2008 at 12:00 AM EDT
In-class viewing: The Gods of our fathers [videorecording] / National Film Board of Canada ; written and
hosted by Gwynne Dyer.
Week 4: February 01, 2011
Marxist, Socialist and Standpoint Feminisms: Gendered Nature of Capital - Capitalist Gender Relations.
Required Readings:
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