2014-2015 Graduate Calendar

Social Justice and Equity Studies  
Master of Arts in Social Justice and Equity Studies Go to top of document
Acting Dean Ingrid Makus (until June 30, 2014) Faculty of Social Sciences Associate Dean Diane Dupont Faculty of Social Sciences Core Faculty Professors David Butz (Geography), June Corman (Sociology), Andrea Doucet (Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies), Ann Duffy (Sociology/Labour Studies), Thomas Dunk (Dean, FSS/Sociology), Jane Helleiner (Sociology), Joseph Norris (Dramatic Arts), John Sorenson (Sociology), Susan Tilley (Education) Associate Professors Robert Alexander (English Language and Literature), Kate Bezanson (Sociology), Mary Breunig (Recreation and Leisure Studies), Jonah Butovsky (Sociology), Diane Collier (Education), Janet Conway (Sociology), Nancy Cook (Sociology), Keri Cronin (Visual Arts), Hevina Dashwood (Political Science), Ifeanyi Ezeonu (Sociology), Margot Francis (Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies), Tami Friedman (History), Jennifer Good (Communication, Popular Culture and Film), Ana Isla (Women's and Gender Studies), Tamari Kitossa (Sociology), Wendee Kubik (Women's and Gender Studies), Dan Malleck (Community Health Sciences), Voula Marinos (Child and Youth Studies), Richard Mitchell (Child and Youth Studies), Shannon Moore (Women's and Gender Studies and Child and Youth Studies), Catherine Jean Nash (Geography), Trent Newmeyer (Recreation and Leisure Studies), Hijin Park (Sociology), Shauna Pomerantz (Child and Youth Studies), Rebecca Raby (Child and Youth Studies), Mary-Beth Raddon (Sociology), Jennifer Rowsell (Education), Dennis Soron (Sociology), Susan Spearey (English Language and Literature), Maria Del Carmen Suescun Pozas (History), Nancy Taber (Education), Ebru Ustundag (Geography) Assistant Professors Dale Bradley (Communication, Popular Culture and Film), Lauren Corman (Sociology), Gale Coskan-Johnson (English), Kendra Coulter (Labour Studies), Stefan Dolgert (Political Science), Donna Szoke (Visual Arts), Leanne Taylor (Education) Graduate Program Director Mary-Beth Raddon mraddon@brocku.ca Administrative Co-ordinator Julia Gottli MA Social Justice and Equity Studies 905-688-5550, extension 5591 STH 400B socialjustice@brocku.ca http://www.brocku.ca/social-sciences/graduate-programs/social-justice-and-equity-studies  
Program Description Go to top of document
This innovative interdisciplinary MA in Social Justice and Equity Studies responds to the increasing need for individuals trained in the expanding field of Social Justice and Equity scholarship. Social Justice Studies is a growing field of study in Canadian universities. It is interdisciplinary, diverse and pluralistic in its theoretical traditions, substantive problematics, methods and approaches. While the field of Social Justice and Equity Studies is open, it is not completely unbounded. Its emergence as an academic field has historically been linked to ethicopolitical movements for progressive social change. The objective of the SJES program is to train 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 local to the global. The emergence of the field of Social Justice and Equity Studies also reflects recognition of the links between power and knowledge in the university. Social Justice and Equity Studies seeks to enact an emancipatory politics of knowledge in favouring voices and perspectives that have been historically marginalized and who are actively resisting domination. These legacies and commitments inform the teaching and research done under the auspices of the SJES program at Brock and the criteria for affiliation and admission to the program. The program unites scholars from distinct academic disciplines to provide an exciting breadth and diversity of perspectives. The program is made up of participating faculty from Child and Youth Studies, Communication, Popular Culture and Film, Community Health Sciences, Dramatic Arts, Education, English Language and Literature, Geography, Great Books/Liberal Studies, History, Labour Studies, Political Science, Recreation and Leisure Studies, Sociology, Visual Arts, and Women's and Gender Studies. Students will be equipped to pursue doctorial 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.  
Admission Requirements Go to top of document
Successful completion of an Honours Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline, with a minimum average of 75%. The program welcomes students from a variety of academic backgrounds. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in English as specified in the section titled "Proof of English Language Proficiency" in the Brock University Graduate Calendar. For students who must provide proof of English Language Proficiency (see: https://experience.brocku.ca/Graduate_Study/EnglishLanguageProficiency.ezc) A minimum TOEFL score of 580 (TWE 4.5) or equivalent is required by the Social Justice and Equity Studies Program. The Graduate Admissions Committee will review all applications and recommend admission for a limited number of suitable candidates. Individuals interested in part-time study should consult with the Graduate Program Director.  
Degree Requirements Go to top of document
Students will consult with the Director or designated faculty liaison person when planning their programs of study. Graduate students follow either Scheme A or Scheme B.  
Scheme A: Course Work and Major Research Paper Go to top of document
The program of study must include: SJES 5F91 (major research paper), SJES 5P01, SJES 5P02, SJES 5P03, and three half-credit electives. Of the three half-credit electives, two will normally be offered as electives within the Social Justice and Equity Studies program and one will normally be a course offered by another Brock graduate program, a graduate course at another Ontario university (OVGS), or a Directed Studies course. All courses must be pre-approved by the Director. Additional credits may be required of candidates with insufficient pre-admission background. Scheme A is designed to normally be completed in four terms. Major Research Paper To complete the requirements of SJES 5F91, each student must complete a major research paper 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 pursuing a broader range of courses should enroll in Scheme A. Full-time students must complete one year of full-time study (three successive terms). Full-time students in Scheme A will normally enroll in SJES 5P02, SJES 5P03 and SJES 5P01 in the fall term (note that SJES 5P01 normally runs over two terms). In the winter term students in Scheme A will normally enroll in three 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.  
Scheme B: Course Work and Thesis Go to top of document
The program of study must include: SJES 5F90 (thesis), SJES 5P01, SJES 5P02, SJES 5P03 and one half-credit elective. 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, a graduate course at another Ontario university (OVGS), or a Directed Studies course. Additional credits may be required of candidates with insufficient pre-admission background. Scheme B is designed to normally be completed in six terms. Thesis To complete the requirements of SJES 5F90, 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 B is intended for students who are prepared to do an in-depth project on a specialized topic. Full-time students in Scheme B will normally enroll 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 winter term. 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.  
Course Descriptions Go to top of document
Students must check to ensure that prerequisites are met. Students may be deregistered, at the request of the instructor, from any course for which prerequisites and/or restrictions have not been met. SJES 5F90 MA 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 Research Paper A major research paper 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 topics and progressive approaches to social justice and equity research are introduced through guest speakers, workshops, and student presentations. SJES 5P02 Theorizing Social Justice and Equity Studies Critical analysis of classical and contemporary conceptualizations of social justice and social inequality. SJES 5P03 Research Methods in Social Justice and Equity Studies Critical analysis of methodologies used in social justice and equity research. SJES 5P20 Domination and Resistance Theories, case studies, and other texts examining domination and resistance in both historical and global contexts. Topics may include exploitation, colonialism, postcolonialism, globalization, and counter-hegemonic social identities. SJES 5P25 Social Justice and the City Theories, case studies, and other texts examining social and economic inequalities and their relation to processes of urbanization. Topics may include oppressive urbanism, cultural politics of difference, contested terrains of justice, and urban social movements. SJES 5P30 Social Justice and Environment Theories, case studies, and other texts examining the interconnectedness of social and environmental problems, and struggles to overcome them, in the context of capitalism and globalization. SJES 5P35 Animal Liberation and Social Justice Theories, case studies, and other texts examining social justice beyond the limits of the human species, including issues such as animal rights, animal liberation, speciesism in relation to other forms of oppression, alternative ethical and political relationships to animals. SJES 5P40 Gender, Sexuality, and Social Justice Theories, case studies, and other texts 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 5P45 Active Voice: Social Justice and the News Media Theories, case studies, and other texts examining the representation of social justice and equity issues in the mainstream news media and the struggle and strategies of alternative news media to intervene in those representations. SJES 5P50 Families, Households, and Social Justice Theories, case studies, and other texts examining historical and current social inequities, social movements, and state policies associated with gendered and generationed family relations and their articulation with other social inequities and struggles at local, national, and global levels. SJES 5P55 Labour, Workers, and Social Justice Theories, case studies, and other texts examining historical and current social movements arising out of worker's experiences and their articulation with other social inequities and struggles at local, national, and global levels. SJES 5P60 Human Rights and Social Justice Theories, case studies, and other texts examining the historical development and implementation of legal initiatives in the broad field of social justice and equity at local, national, and global levels. SJES 5P65 Race, Ethnicity, Indigeneity, and Social Justice Theories, case studies, and other texts examining the domination and resistance of racialized, ethnicized, and indigenous peoples and their articulation with other social inequities and struggles at local, national, and global levels. SJES 5P70 Social Justice and the Arts Theories, case studies, and other texts 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 5P80 Directed Study Specialized study on an individual basis under the direction of a faculty supervisor. SJES 5V80-5V89 Selected Topics in Social Justice and Equity Studies A topic in social justice and equity studies that will vary by instructor.  
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