Amanda Watson is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University. Her first book, The Juggling Mother: Coming Undone in the Age of Anxiety, is available now from UBC Press. Amanda lives in East Vancouver with her partner, two kids, and two rescue pups. Her next book project explores the politics of the BirthStrike movement for climate justice.
FEMINIST POLITICS STILL NEEDS MOTHERHOOD
Feminist theorists must retain and critique the institution of motherhood in order to better understand its disciplinary nature, and how it separates mothers from feminism, and women from each other and themselves.
I'M SUCH A BAD MOM
Every morning, I leave my toddlers in the car while I hustle, a hound under each arm, the 10 metres to and from the gates of doggy daycare. And every morning, I cross my fingers that nobody sees me and calls the police.
MEDIA & INSIGHTS
See below for previously taught.
GLOBAL PROBLEMS AND THE CULTURE OF CAPITALISM
This course is currently taught through the lens of responses to COVID-19. We examine the ways in which the capitalist economic system has shaped value systems, and influenced what we can think of as "capitalist culture." Throughout the course we explore how various global problems and responses to these problems are rooted in capitalist culture and how we might imagine problems and responses differently.
POLITICS OF FAMILY
January - April 2021
What makes a family? Whose families are afforded political and social inclusion and who is excluded on the basis of family illegibility? This course invites students to critically analyze the sociopolitical construction of families and the stakes involved for love and kinship across hierarchies of power. Topics include: care, gendered and racialized divisions of labour, home economics, legal and biomedical constructions of family, love and intimacy, colonial legacy, eugenics, assisted reproductive technologies, poverty, monogamy and nonmonogamy, parenting, motherhood, and having kids in climate crisis, among others.
POWER, CONFLICT, AND CHANGE IN CANADIAN SOCIETY
This course aims to introduce students to foundational assumptions about Canadian society. It also aims to prepare students to write essays for the social sciences. We will begin with an introduction to how social scientists approach the study of society in general, and move through a series of questions particular to Canadian society, including: How is Canadian society infused with colonial legacy? How are social hierarchies shaped by deeply held ideas about Canada and rooted in Canadian law and policy? Topics include: state violence, citizenship, capitalism, welfare state, poverty, immigration, labour, education, health, media, and activism. We will consider several Canadian myths, including multiculturalism, a level playing field, and equal access to health and education.
INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES
GENDER, RACE, AND POPULAR CULTURE
SEXUALITY, GENDER, AND POPULAR CULTURE
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL PROBLEMS
SOCIOLOGY OF WORK
SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION
SOCIOLOGY OF FAMILIES
INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIETY