BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

FNWS-210 - Feminist Critical Thought - 3.00 Credits

FNWS-210 - Feminist Critical Thought - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course will introduce and trace the development of feminist thought and theories. Emphasis will be placed on the theoretical foundations of feminist analysis and the diversity of debates within feminism. Students will examine various theoretical positions and their application to First Nations women's lives.
Part of the:
  • UNIVERSITY TRANSFER Department
  • Prerequisites : ENGL 060, or English 12 and/or English 12 First Peoples or permission of instructor. Recommended prerequisite FNWS 100.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Masters Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5 Per week
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Procedure:
    Assignments 50 - 70%, Final 30 - 50%, Total 100 %. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes:
  • Ability to perceive the usefulness of feminism as a framework for understanding First Nations women’s lives;
  • Familiar with the recent debates in theories of racial formation, racialized knowledge and cultural and historical racism;
  • Ability to devise strategies as how we can work together irrespective of dis/ability, age, class, race and sexual orientation;
  • Ability to identify and analyze the strengths and weaknesses inherent in feminist theories;
  • Cognizant of the challenges of today’s feminist issues;
  • Ability to undertake directed research;
  • Gain greater writing skills;
  • Develop greater critical analytical skills; and
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a group setting.
  • Text and Materials:
  • LeGates, M. (1996). Making Waves: A History of Feminism in Western Society. Toronto: Copp Clarke Ltd.
  • Fonow, Mary Margaret and Judith Cook. (1991). Beyond Methodology: Feminist Scholarship as Lived Research. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press.
  • Bannerji, Himani. (1995). Thinking Through, Essays on Feminism, Marxism and Anti-Racism. Toronto: Women’s Press.
  • Other Resources: As identified by instructor.
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Late Assignments: All assignments are to be handed in at the beginning of class on the date they are due. Late assignments will be assessed a 5 % per day penalty. Assignments not submitted within one week of the due date will not be accepted.
    Every effort should be made to have assignments in on the due date. Assignments will not be graded after the due date without a written agreement negotiated between student and instructor. If you know that you will be unable to hand your assignment in on time, you should discuss it with your instructor at least one week in advance of the due date. Extensions are only given in compelling medical or personal circumstances; documentation may be required.
    Papers: Papers should be typewritten if possible but hand-written papers may be accepted. Papers with illegible writing will not be graded. Students should make every effort to acquaint themselves with a computer and a writing program; watch for workshop offered by Student Services which will equip you with the tools you need for researching and writing on a computer. Papers should be completed on 8½ x 11 inch white or recycled paper and secured with a single staple in the upper left hand corner. Papers should carry the date the paper was submitted rather than the date it was due. Students should keep a hard copy of their paper or a photocopy of their paper before you hand it in.
    Attendance: Attendance at lectures is critical because much information on the various topical areas, as well as, the assignments is disseminated in class. Lack of attendance will definitely be reflected in your overall grade. Students are expected to excuse their absences, in advance of the class, through other students or the instructor. Students with three ( 3) or more documented absences may be required to withdrawn from the class and/or face disciplinary action.