Women's Studies

The Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies offers students exciting interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs that explore women, gender and feminisms. Our teaching and research deal with hot button issues such as globalization, transnationalism, sexualities, colonialism and racism. Courses blend scientific, theoretical and practical knowledge that contributes toward intellectual development and collective efforts for social justice.

Political Science

Politics is omnipresent in our lives. Political science seeks to describe, analyze, understand and assess the principles and power relations that govern social life. It revolves as much around the structures and institutions that define these relations and principles as around the ideas and practices that drive them. It studies everything that influences political life and institutions (ideologies, groups, social movements, etc.) on a local, regional, national and international scale. 

Our programs offer in-depth training in political science and encourage critical reflection on pivotal issues like citizenship, identity, political participation, globalization and development, governance and the state, and ethics and democracy. A discipline open to many theoretical and methodological approaches, political science constantly exchanges and shares with other fields. At the University of Ottawa's School of Political Studies, you build your knowledge in four subfields of political science: political thought, Canadian and Quebec politics, comparative politics, and international relations and global politics.

This program is offered in English and in French.

Co-operative education is available with this program.

The French immersion is available with this program.

Requirements for this program have been modified. Please consult the 2018-2019 calendars for the previous requirements.

Basic skills
ENG 1100Workshop in Essay Writing3 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Literature and Composition I: Prose Fiction
Literature and Composition II: Drama and Poetry
Methodology (3 units)
3 course units from:3 Units
Methodology in Feminist Studies
Foundations of Research in Political Science
Women's Studies (36 units)
FEM 1100Women, Gender, Feminism: An Introduction3 Units
6 course units from:6 Units
Gender, (Dis)Ability and Health
Diversities of Women: Gender, Race, Class and (Dis)ability
Gender and Globalization in a Transnational World
Sexuality, Gender and Popular Culture
Class, Work, Gender and (Re)Production
FEM 3105Feminist Theories3 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Feminism and Transnationalism
Anti-Colonial and Anti-Racist Feminisms
Gender, Identity and Embodiment
Optional courses in Women's Studies
9 optional course units at the 3000 or 4000 level from the list of optional courses9 Units
3 optional course units at the 4000 level from the list of optional courses3 Units
9 optional course units in women's studies (FEM) from the list of optional courses9 Units
Political Science (45 units)
POL 1101Introduction to Political Science3 Units
POL 2101Introduction to Canadian Politics3 Units
POL 2103Introduction to International Relations and Global Politics3 Units
POL 2104Introduction to Comparative Politics3 Units
POL 2107Introduction to Political Thought3 Units
POL 2108Modern Political Thought I3 Units
POL 3102Modern Political Thought II3 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Qualitative Analysis in Political Science
Quantitative Analysis in Political Science
3 course units from the Canadian Politics group:3 Units
Indigenous Politics in Canada
Immigration, Multiculturalism and Citizenship in Canada and Quebec
Political Participation and Mobilization in Canada
Law, Politics, and the Constitution in Canada
Electoral Systems and Political Parties
Parliamentary Government in Canada
Health Politics and Policy in Canada
Development of Social and Political Ideologies in Quebec
Social and Political Thought in Canada
3 course units from the Comparative Politics group:3 Units
Comparative Politics: Asia
Comparative Politics of Development
Comparative Politics: Africa
Comparative Politics: Latin America
Political Violence
Comparative Politics: Middle East and Arab World
Comparative Politics: Europe
Comparative Politics: United States
Democratization and Authoritarianism
Comparative Politics: China
3 course units from the International Relations group:3 Units
Migration, Mobility, Borders and Citizenship
Gender Studies and Feminist Theories in International Relations
The Politics of Security
International Political Economy
Politics, Social Movements and Globalization
International Organizations and Global Governance
Contemporary Geopolitics
Critical and Historical Perspectives of United States Foreign Policy
The Politics of Food
International Relations as Political Theory
3 course units from:3 Units
Honours Seminar in Political Thought
Honours Seminar in Canadian Politics
Honours Seminar in International Relations and Global Politics
Honours Seminar in Comparative Politics
Honours Seminar in International Relations and Global Politics
Optional courses in Political Science
3 optional course units in political science (POL)3 Units
6 optional course units in political science (POL) at the 4000 level6 Units
Elective courses
30 elective course units30 Units
Total: 120 Units

List of Optional Courses

ART 3117Art and Gender3 Units
CLA 3163Women in Early Christianity3 Units
CLT 2155The Celtic Woman: Between Myth and Reality3 Units
CML 3393Lesbian and Gay Legal Issues3 Units
CMN 3104Women and Media3 Units
CRM 2307Women and Gendered Violence3 Units
CRM 3307Women and Gendered Confinement and Criminalization3 Units
CRM 4312Women and Gendered Justice3 Units
ECO 2111Economics of Women's Issues3 Units
ENG 2114Women and Literature to 19003 Units
ENG 2115Women and Literature 1900 to the Present3 Units
FEM 2104Gender, (Dis)Ability and Health3 Units
FEM 2107Diversities of Women: Gender, Race, Class and (Dis)ability3 Units
FEM 2109Gender and Globalization in a Transnational World3 Units
FEM 2110Sexuality, Gender and Popular Culture3 Units
FEM 2111Class, Work, Gender and (Re)Production3 Units
FEM 3100Special Topic in Women's Studies3 Units
FEM 3104Feminism, Justice and the Law3 Units
FEM 3106Women, Gender and Development3 Units
FEM 3107Queer Theories3 Units
FEM 3108Indigenous Feminisms and Aboriginal Women's Issues3 Units
FEM 4310Feminism and Transnationalism3 Units
FEM 4320Anti-Colonial and Anti-Racist Feminisms3 Units
FEM 4330Gender, Identity and Embodiment3 Units
FRA 2530La littérature et la femme3 Units
FRA 3530Écriture au féminin3 Units
FRA 4530La critique féministe3 Units
HIS 2182Women in Canada3 Units
HIS 2183Women in Western Societies to the Eighteenth Century3 Units
HIS 2184Women in Western Societies from the Eighteenth Century to the Present3 Units
HIS 4182Seminar in Women's History3 Units
PAP 3325Gender and Public Policy3 Units
PHI 2390Philosophy of Feminism and Gender3 Units
POL 3123Gender Studies and Feminist Theories in International Relations3 Units
POL 3126Women and Politics3 Units
POL 4163Politics and Sexual Diversity3 Units
POL 4180Feminist Political Thought3 Units
PSY 3121Psychology of Women3 Units
SOC 2104Women, Men and Society3 Units
SOC 3306Social Structures and Relations between the Sexes: Comparative Analysis3 Units
SOC 4314Gender Relations, Development and Globalization3 Units
SRS 3163Women in Early Christianity3 Units
SRS 3165Gender and Religion3 Units
SVS 3520Identités trans et non binaires, sexualités marginalisées et service social3 Units
SVS 3703Intervention féministe3 Units