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Women, Sexuality, and the Welfare State

This seminar provides an introduction to the sociological study of gender, sexuality, social policy, and the welfare state. We will focus on the diversity of womenʹs experiences based on a variety of statuses, including sexuality, class and race/ethnicity. The goal is to identify, evaluate, and explain patterns of gendered and sexual citizenship rights that are embodied in welfare state policies and practices. Topics will include the organization of care work, current welfare policies in Canada, single motherhood and “dependency,” sexual regulation, abortion, prostitution and social policy, marriage and welfare, and women and labour markets. The intersections of family, economy, and state are examined from a variety of perspectives, including cross‐national, comparative analysis.

SOCIOL 4QQ3

Women, Sexuality, and the Welfare State

Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): IV Term(s): Fall Offered?: Yes

This seminar provides an introduction to the sociological study of gender, sexuality, social policy, and the welfare state. We will focus on the diversity of womenʹs experiences based on a variety of statuses, including sexuality, class and race/ethnicity. The goal is to identify, evaluate, and explain patterns of gendered and sexual citizenship rights that are embodied in welfare state policies and practices. Topics will include the organization of care work, current welfare policies in Canada, single motherhood and “dependency,” sexual regulation, abortion, prostitution and social policy, marriage and welfare, and women and labour markets. The intersections of family, economy, and state are examined from a variety of perspectives, including cross‐national, comparative analysis.


Melanie Heath

Associate Professor | Graduate Chair of the Department of Sociology

Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level IV Honours Sociology or permission of the department.