The course material, drawn from Canadian sources and written by women, focuses on issues and concerns pertinent to women and women's studies. Over the years, topics have included women's work, representations of women in the media, issues of ethnicity and equity, the construction of gender and women's sexuality. Participants have found the material relevant to their lives, and the open, supportive atmosphere essential to their individual growth, self-esteem, and academic self-confidence.
Students are given an opportunity to practice oral skills in group discussions and formal seminar presentations. They learn and are given an opportunity to apply and practice a range of strategies for reading fiction and non-fiction, for identifying and evaluating arguments, for analyzing an assignment, generating ideas, developing a thesis, and so on. In addition to in-class writing assignments and oral presentations, students are required to complete three formal writing assignments.