Department of Gender Studies

Department of Gender Studies
Department of Gender Studies


Terrie with graduate students

Core Courses

GNDS 801/3.0 Theories in Gender Studies  Fall 2017 Katherine McKittrick, Wednesdays 2:30-5:30 pm

This interdisciplinary seminar provide a comprehensive overview of contemporary theories in gender studies and in such fields as critical race, feminist, women's, queer or trans studies. The seminar will examine the development  and application of theories as well as debates surrounding them. Readings and discussions will draw from both the social sciences and the humanities. Required of Gender Studies graduate students.

GNDS 802/3.0 Methodologies in Gender Studies Winter 2018 Margaret Little, Wednesdays 8:30-11:30 am

This interdisciplinary seminar examines historical and contemporary methodological approaches in gender studies and in such fields as critical race, feminist, women's, queer or trans studies. Readings and discussions emphasize research possibilities that are opened b connecting multiple academic disciplines and diverse local-global perspectives. A goal of the seminar is to understand how researchers can engage in non-oppressive politics of knowledge production and how knowledge can be utilized within processes of social change. Required of Gender Studies graduate students.

GNDS 815/0.0 Proseminar: Professional Development in Gender Studies Fall 2017

Course advances knowledge and skills supporting professional development of gender studies graduate students. Topics include development of teaching, research, scholarship, publishing, and academic and non-academic careers. Includes visiting researcher seminars and training and preparation of funding and employment applications. Graded Pass/Fail.

GNDS 820/3.0 Special Topics in Gender Studies Fall 2017 Trish Salah Trans Theories and Literatures in a Transnational Frame, Thursdays 11:30 am to 2:30 pm

Seminars focus on specific topics related to gender studies under the guidance of a faculty member in an area of the instructor’s expertise. The offering of the course depends upon faculty availability.

This seminar serves as an advanced, interdisciplinary, and transnational introduction to, and inquiry of, trans studies and literature. In it we will ask: what are the political, aesthetic and epistemological projects of trans literatures and theories as they are emerging both within and outside the academy? How might we think about trans discourses' debts to, and histories in, feminist, Indigenous, Black, Chicana, postcolonial, crip, queer and other theory, activism, and cultural production? What challenges do trans literatures and theories pose? How do they include, occlude and struggle with genderqueer, non-binary, transsexual, intersex, Two Spirit and non-Western genres of inhabiting crossing gender identities and roles? In what ways are trans literatures and theories inflected by differences, solidarities and struggles along lines of race, class, criminalization, language, sexuality, ability, coloniality, generation, and gender?

This course will engage these questions in order to think about what trans literatures and theories do, what they allow us to think and imagine, and with what conditions of possibility. In this course we may read work by Manuel Arturo Abreu, Aren Aizura, Ryka Aoki, Cameron Awkward-Rich, Jamie Berrout, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, micha cardenas, Ching-In Chen, Eli Clare, Qwo-Li Driskill, kari edwards, Maxime Foerster, Kai Green, Mauro Cabral Grinspan, Jin Haritaworn, Kokomo, Joy Ladin, Dredge Kang, Vek Lewis, Aiyyana Maracle, Dawn Lundy Martin, Qiu Miaojin, Joz Motmans, Afsaneh Najmabadi, Viviane Namaste, Nat Raha, Mirha-Soleil Ross, Ayes Sargin, Dean Spade, C. Riley Snorton, Susan Stryker, Kai Cheng Thom, among others.

GNDS 821/3.0 Special Topics in Gender Studies Winter 2018 Dylan Robinson, Intersectional Indigenous Inquiry; Tuesdays 11:30 am-2:30 pm

This course will focus on Indigenous critical theory from intersectional perspectives. We will begin with a survey of the critical literature on “Native Nationalist”, “cosmopolitan”, intersectional, and “transIndigenous” theory. We will examine the ways in which scholars have situated their values and limitations, and we will question the degree to which they represent incommensurable commitments.

The class will also examine positionality from intersectional perspectives. We will theorize positionality as a state, a practice, and an ethics/accountability. In doing so we will move away from the reified terms “settler” and “indigenous”, and move toward greater specificity through acknowledging relationality.

Students will consider what kind of intersections that they find themselves at currently in their research/practice: a cross-walk, fork in the road, round-about, or hyper-regulated interchange? We will also speculate and experiment with the creation of new intersections. What, for example, might we gain by articulating the axis of Indigenous nationalisms and western theoretical perspectives? What is the efficacy of an engagement with “Cree queer new materialism”, “Musqueam-Liǥwildaʼx̱w agonism”, or new forms of Trans-settler affect and Feminist arrivant visuality? How might speculative inquiry between Critical Indigenous theory, Western theory and other non-western epistemologies take place in ways that remain committed to the political and ethical needs of the multiple communities that we belong to?

GNDS 903/3.0 Applications of Gender Studies Winter 2018 Scott Morgensen, Tuesdays 2:30-5:30 pm

Examines critical theories of applications of gender studies research within work for social change. Themes include power in research and representation, researcher responsibilities, academic and nonacademic research, research careers, and community-based research. Students plan applications of original research, and evaluate plans by utilizing critical theories of application.

GNDS 950/3.0 PhD Practicum Fall 2019

A student and PhD supervisor design a course of research with partners at a site of application of the doctoral research project. Students examine scholarship on practica and research applications that are relevant to the research topic and site, and develop new knowledge in collaboration with research partners. The practicum design must align with the program degree learning expectations.

Elective Courses (offered when faculty resources exist)

GNDS 840/3.0 and 841/3.0 Directed Reading (offered Fall 2017 and Winter 2018)

Under the supervision of an individual faculty member, MA students may conduct intensive reading in a research area not offered in core or elective courses. Readings are to be arranged in consultation with the faculty supervisor, and accompanied by meetings during the term to discuss reading and submission of written assignments. (This course will be offered when faculty resources are available.)

GNDS 850/3.0 MA Practicum: Engaging Feminist Activism (Offered Fall 2017 and Winter 2018)

Under the supervision of an individual faculty member, MA students may design a course of study on a topic related to community engagement and activism while simultaneously being placed in community-based and/or activist work. Students will analyse interdisciplinary and feminist approaches to community-based and activist knowledge, including knowledge presented by their practicum partners, and then integrate this knowledge and their accountable relationship with their partners into the MA project. (This course will be offered when faculty resources are available.)

GNDS 898/3.0 Major Research Paper

 An intensive required written project based on student’s own research questions, which is comprised of two major components: either two chapters of a single coherent work, or a two-part portfolio. Students must complete Gender Studies 801/3.0, Gender Studies 802/3.0, and four elective courses in Gender Studies or in any other department to enrol in GNDS 898.

GNDS 899/ Master's Thesis Research

An intensive required written project based on student’s own research questions, which is comprised of a number of chapters that form a single coherent work. Students must complete Gender Studies 801/3.0 and two elective courses in Gender Studies or another department to enroll in GNDS 899.

Other Information

Advanced Undergraduate Seminars in Gender Studies

Graduate students may ask instructors of advanced undergraduate seminars in Gender Studies (400-series courses) for permission to participate by enrolling in a parallel graduate Directed Reading (GNDS 840/841). While the precise workload graduate students must complete in such courses is determined by the instructor, generally it entails attendance at all seminar meetings and completion of additional coursework equivalent to a graduate seminar.

400-series courses offered in 2017-18:

  • GNDS 410 Special Topics: Technologies of Blackness and Hip Hop (Winter 2018) Katherine McKittrick
  • GNDS 412 Advanced Topics in SXGD (Winter 2018) Trish Salah

Limit on Directed Readings

MA students may take a maximum of two Gender Studies Directed Readings (numbered GNDS 840 and GNDS 841) while completing their degrees. 

Graduate Courses in Other Departments

MA students are invited to research the titles, descriptions and term offerings of graduate courses in other departments at Queen’s University. Neither the university nor the Faculty of Arts and Sciences publishes a master list of graduate courses, so students should independently investigate offerings from departments of interest.

To request a seat in a graduate course in another department, contact the course instructor and request a meeting or a discussion over email to determine whether the course will inform your MA research project. Instructor permission is required before you may enroll in any course in another department.