Gender Studies

Jodi Beniuk and Michelle Moreno, national essay winners, with Annalee Lepp

Jodi Beniuk and Michelle Moreno, national essay winners, with A. Lepp

Léna Li at the Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Awards (JCURA) Research Fair

Léna (Boya) Li at the Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Awards Fair

Lunch with Chrystos, Menominee poet and activist

Lunch with guest speaker Chrystos, Menominee poet and activist

three women's studies students

At an event organized by Equity & Outreach (GNDR course union)

Fenn Olson-Mayes and research poster

Fenn Olson-Mayes researched local gyms' marketing strategies

On a gender studies co-op work term in Malaysia

On a gender studies co-op work term in Malaysia

Shift your view, change your world

In its ability to reveal different perspectives, Gender Studies, more than any other discipline, taught me "how to think" rather than "what to think."
Susan Cooper, UVic gender studies grad

Gender Studies is about social justice for people and the planet at local and global levels. It's the only discipline that consistently examines how gender shapes people's lives, experiences, knowledge and possibilities in relation to other categories of difference (race, class, sexuality, age, ability, citizenship, geographical location, national identity, etc.).

Our name has changed

In May 2016, official approval was granted to change the name of the department to Gender Studies. If you used a bookmark or link to try to get to a page on our site, some of those have broken due to the change in our department's name. Sorry for the inconvenience. Please use the menus to go to the page.

Gender Studies and you

In GNDR classrooms, you'll acquire a unique perspective on the world and your place in it, on how power works, and on how systems of inequality can be resisted and challenged. The knowledge you gain will be relevant and applicable to your life, and you'll develop essential academic, professional, leadership and activist skills.

Key areas of focus include:

  • Indigenous women and the politics of resurgence
  • human rights and development
  • health and medicalization
  • anti-racism and nationalism
  • globalization and resistance
  • girlhood studies
  • cultural production
  • masculinities
  • queer and trans theory
  • post-structuralism

Acknowledgement of the territories

The Gender Studies department respectfully acknowledges that the land on which we live, study and work is the traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Lekwungen and WSÁNEĆ peoples.

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