Graduate Program Overview
Social Sciences - Social Justice and Equity Studies
Professors and students dig deeply into areas of research that overturn conventional thinking.
Upcoming Forum on Sat. Feb. 6 explores Solidarities through workshops, film and photography.
"Good Quality with National Prominence." - Independent Reviewers
SJES features more than 50 faculty members from 16 academic departments and over 90 alumni.
SJES promotes conversation and collaboration across disciplines.
Small cohort sizes foster small group learning in SJES courses.
The annual Forum organized by SJES to connect scholars and activists in Niagara.
Graduate Program Overview
Social Justice and Equity Studies is interdisciplinary, diverse and pluralistic in its theoretical traditions, substantive problematics, methods and approaches. Our program seeks to enact an emancipatory politics of knowledge in favouring voices and perspectives that have been historically marginalized and who are actively resisting domination. Our field of study is linked to ethicopolitical movements for progressive social change, and also reflects recognition of the links between power and knowledge in the university. These legacies and commitments inform our teaching and research, as well as the criteria for affiliation and admission to the program.
Field of Study
The SJES program trains students in critical analysis of social justice and equity issues as related to processes and struggles associated with age, ability, gender, sexuality, racism, speciesism, the environment, class and other patterns of inequality. Training in both theory and research methods links processes operating at and across a range of geographical scales, from the local to the global. Students will be equipped to pursue doctoral studies and to offer their expertise as policy makers or policy consultants to social advocacy and social movement organizations as well as a wider public.
We number over 50 faculty members from 16 academic departments at Brock University and 10 to 12 new students a year.
The SJES program offers:
- Instruction and mentoring by outstanding faculty from many areas of expertise
- Breadth of learning, diverse student projects, and support for innovative graduate level work
- The possibility for students to bridge traditional disciplines
- Research and learning opportunities through close ties with the Social Justice Research Institute
- A new Co-op option providing eight months employment exprience to two students annually
Independent Reviewers rank the MA in Social Justice and Equity Studies "Category 1 calibre: Good Quality with National Prominence"