2023 Winter - CML1105B - First-Year Thematic Course (Class Number: 1165)


Professor(s): Jane Bailey
Language: English
Units: 3
Level: First Year Thematic (English Program Only)

Class Schedule

2023 Winter
(January 30 - April 12)
SEMMon 15:00 - 16:50FTX136
2023 Winter
(January 30 - April 12)
SEMWed 09:30 - 11:20FTX136
2023 Winter
(February 22 - February 22)
SEMWed 09:00 - 09:30FTX136
2023 Winter
(February 15 - February 15)
SEMWed 11:30 - 12:50FTX315


Trolling, #isitgenocide, platform imperialism, algorithmic profiling, non-consensual distribution of intimate images, #metoo, sexbots, online racism, hate and harassment, self-empowerment, activism, zoom-bombing, deepfakes, fake news. Our digitally networked world presents affordances and challenges on a virtually continuous basis, many of which disparately affect women and members of other equality-seeking communities targeted by misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, colonialism, racism, ableism, other oppressions and their intersections. This course asks whether and, if so how, we can learn from past successes and failures in feminist theory and practice in ways that enable us to develop strategies and policy for making the purported equality-enhancing promise of emerging digital technologies real for all community members. Join Professor Bailey on a journey of discovery where we'll begin by delving into pre- and post-digital feminist theory and practice to develop a toolkit based on lessons learned that will then be used to explore and analyze some of the most pressing digitally-created/enhanced human rights questions of our time.

Teaching Method:


Additional information on the teaching method delivered in this class:

A variety of teaching methods and materials will be used, such as small and large group discussion, short student presentations and debates, roundtables, videos, podcasts, and guest lectures. Students will be advised as soon as possible in the event that COVID-19 related matters require transition from in-person to distance or online learning methods.

Additional Requirements or Recommendations:

Participants need not have prior experience with feminist theory and practice or with technology, although prior exposure to feminism and other anti-oppression theories is likely to be helpful.

Materials Used:

Cyberfeminism Readings and Materials, Winter 2021 (to be made available electronically on our course Brightspace)

Method of Evaluation


Other Type of Evaluation:

80% for 8 journal entries of 750-1000 words each relating to assigned course readings and topics
20% for participation and attendance


Final Exams:

Exam type: None

Exam duration: