myCMTN Apply

WMST 203

WMST 203 Women's Health Issues in Canada
3 Credits

This women's studies course provides an introduction to key issues in women's health in Canada with a global perspective. The first half of the course focuses on constructing a feminist framework for understanding women's health issues. The framework is introduced by looking at biological, socio-cultural, historical and political processes that shape and define women's health experiences, including ways in which medical knowledge has been concstructed and applied to women's bodies. Starting with an overview of the current state of women's health in Canada and globally as a baseline, we look at how women's health is defined by the discourse of 'gendered bodies." Women's unique biological functions are reviewed and then examined as they are reconstructed and represented as women's health issues by the medical community and media. The second part of the course engages the students in an exploration of four important topics in women's health: sexual and reproductive health; illness; violence agains women; and mental health. With a focus on these four topics, the feminist framework is used to understand women's experiences of health across differences of race, class, sexuality, culture, and ability, with special attention given to issues of concern to First Nations women of Canada.

WMS- 101 or WMST-102 or ANTH-101 or SOCI-101 or SOCI-102

Transfer Credits
Explore transfer credit opportunities by visiting the BC Transfer Guide