2004-2005 Graduate Calendar

Social Justice and Equity Studies  
Director David Butz Professors David Butz, June Corman, Ann Duffy, Daniel Glenday, Jane Helleiner, Murray E.G. Smith, John Sorenson Associate Professors Judith Blackwell, Karen Krug, Carmela Patrias, Michael Ripmeester, Susan Spearey Assistant Professors Kathryn Bezanson, Jonah Butovsky, Ellen Faulkner, Amanda Glasbeek, A. Bonnie Ibhawoh, Ana Isla, Ute Lehrer, Rebecca Raby, Mary Beth Raddon, Kim Varma, Michelle Webber  
Master of Arts Program Go to top of document
General Information Administrative Assistant Linda Landry 905-688-5550, extension 3455 Academic South, 401 http://www.brocku.ca/sociology/socialjustice The ability to understand and analyse struggles and inequities associated with gender, sexuality, racism, and class has become increasingly important at the dawn of the 21st century. This innovative interdisciplinary MA program responds to the growing need for individuals trained in the expanding field of social justice and equity scholarship by offering preparation in theory and research methods that explicitly link local, national and global processes to social justice and equity issues. The program unites scholars from distinct academic disciplines to provide an exciting breadth and diversity of perspectives. While the program is housed in the Department of Sociology, it is made up of participating faculty from The Centre for Environment, Child and Youth Studies, English Language and Literature, Geography, History, Labour Studies, Sociology, and Women's Studies. 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.  
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In keeping with its interdisciplinary character, the program welcomes students from a variety of academic backgrounds. Applicants will normally hold an honours undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline with a minimum average of 75%. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate adequate training in research skills as well as proficiency in English. Applicants must supply a statement outlining their research background, interests and goals. The Graduate Admissions Committee will review all applications and offer admission to a limited number of suitable candidates. University policy requires that full-time MA candidates pay full fees on a term-by-term basis until all course work has been completed and the first draft of their thesis approved by their supervisor and the Director. Individuals interested in part-time options should consult with the Director. Degree Requirements Students will consult with the Director when planning their programs of study. Graduate students follow either scheme A or scheme B. Scheme A: Course Work and Thesis All students must successfully complete four half credit courses in addition to the MA thesis. The program of study will include three required courses, one elective and a thesis. The elective will normally be offered within the Social Justice and Equity Studies program; however, subject to the approval of the Director, students may fulfill this requirement by taking a course offered by another Brock graduate program or a Directed Studies course. Additional credits may be required of candidates with insufficient preadmission background. Required courses are: SJES 5F90 (thesis), SJES 5P01, SJES 5P02, SJES 5P03 plus an elective. Thesis In addition to course requirements, each student must complete, and defend at a public oral examination, a thesis that demonstrates a capacity for independent work and original research or thought. The thesis topic shall be chosen in consultation with the Supervisor and other members of the Supervisory Committee. A formal thesis proposal must be approved by the Committee. Scheme A is intended for students who are prepared to do an in-depth project on a specialized topic. Scheme B: Course Work and Major Essay All students must successfully complete six half credit courses in addition to the major essay. The program of study will include three required courses, three additional courses and a major essay. Of the three additional courses, two will normally be offered within the Social Justice and Equity Studies program and one will be normally be a course offered by another Brock graduate program or a Directed Studies course. All courses must be pre-approved by the Director. Additional credits may be required of candidates with insufficient preadmission background. Required courses are: SJES 5F91 (major essay), SJES 5P01, SJES 5P02, SJES 5P03 plus three additional courses (two of these will normally be offered within the Social Justice and Equity Studies program). Major Essay In addition to course requirements, each student must complete a major essay that demonstrates capacity for independent work and original research or thought. The major paper shall be chosen in consultation with a Supervisor and will be evaluated by the Supervisor and a second faculty reader. Students interested in a pursuing a broader range of courses should enroll in Scheme B. Full-time students must complete one year of full-time study (three successive terms). Full-time students in Scheme A will normally enrol in SJES 5P02, SJES 5P03 and SJES 5P01 in the fall term (note that SJES 5P01 normally runs over two terms),and an elective in the winter term. Full-time students in Scheme B will normally enrol in SJES 5P02, SJES 5P03, and SJES 5P01 (note that SJES 5P01 normally runs over two terms) and a minimum of one additional course in the fall term. In the winter term students in Scheme B will normally enrol in two additional courses. Part-time students will normally take one of either SJES 5P02 or SJES 5P03 in the first term and at least one half-credit course per year thereafter. Research Facilities The program has a graduate student office equipped with computers and internet access. Participating faculty are affiliated with international, national and local agencies and organizations working in the areas of social justice and equity issues. These linkages have the potential to facilitate exciting research opportunities for students in this program.  
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Note: Not all courses are offered in every session. The Director will advise students which courses are to be offered in each session. SJES 5F90 Thesis An in-depth research project involving the preparation and defense of a thesis which shall demonstrate capacity for independent work and original research or thought. SJES 5F91 Major Essay A major essay which shall demonstrate capacity for independent work and original research or thought. SJES 5P01 Graduate Seminar In a small group forum, students hone their skills in developing research projects. A broad range of theoretical, methodological and empirical approaches to social justice and equity research are introduced through a speaker series incorporated within the course. SJES 5P02 Theorizing Social Justice and Equity Studies Students are prepared to critically evaluate classical and contemporary theories of social inequality and social justice through case studies drawn from local, regional, national and international levels. SJES 5P03 Research Methods in Social Justice and Equity Studies Students are prepared to critically evaluate major research methods used in social justice and equity research through case studies at local, national and international levels. SJES 5P20 Domination and Resistance Theories and case studies of domination and resistance in both historical and global contexts. Topics may include exploitation, colonialism, postcolonialism, globalization, counter-hegemonic social identities. SJES 5P30 Consumption and Environment Theories and case studies examining the social inequities and social movements associated with issues such as consumerism, environmentalism, sustainable development, and their articulation with other social inequities and struggles at local, national and global levels. SJES 5P40 Gender and Sexuality Theories and case studies examining the social inequities and social movements associated with issues such as gender and sexual identities and their articulation with other social inequities and struggles at local, national and global levels. SJES 5P50 Labour and Family Theories and case studies examining historical and current social inequities and social movements associated with such issues as family life, work and employment and their articulation with other social inequities and struggles both historical and at local, national and global levels. SJES 5P60 Human Rights and Social Justice Theories and case studies of the historical development and implementation of legal initiatives in the broad field of social justice and equity at local, national and global levels. SJES 5P70 Social Justice and the Arts Theories and case studies examining how social justice and equity issues emerge in literary texts, plays, films, music and other media, and how the arts and media are linked to struggles for social justice at local, national and global levels. SJES 5V80 Selected Topics in Social Justice and Equity Studies A topic in social justice and equity studies that will vary by instructor. SJES 5V10-5V29 Directed Studies Specialized study on an individual basis under the direction of a faculty supervisor.  
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