Last updated: January 22, 2008 @ 01:06PM
Social Justice and Equity Studies
Master of Arts in Social Justice and Equity Studies
Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences
David Butz (Geography), June Corman (Sociology), Ann Duffy (Sociology), Jane Helleiner (Sociology), Michael Ripmeester (Geography), Murray E. G. Smith (Sociology), John Sorenson (Sociology)
Janet Conway (Sociology), Hevina Dashwood (Political Science), Michael Driedger (History and Great Books Liberal Studies), Karen Krug (Tourism and Environment), Rebecca Raby (Child & Youth Studies), Dragos Simandan (Geography), Susan Spearey (English Language and Literature), Susan Tilley (Education)
Robert Alexander (English Language & Literature), Kate Bezanson (Sociology), Jeff Boggs (Geography), Dale Bradley (Communications Studies, Popular Culture & Film), Jonah Butovsky (Sociology), Nancy Cook (Sociology), Catherine Chaput (English Language & Literature), Ifeanyi Ezeonu (Sociology), David Fancy (Dramatic Arts), Ellen Faulkner (Sociology), Ana Isla (Women's Studies and Sociology), Tamari Kitossa (Sociology), Phillip Mackintosh (Geography), Dan Malleck (Community Health Sciences), Voula Marinos (Child & Youth Studies), Catherine Jean Nash (Geography), Mary-Beth Raddon (Sociology), Dennis Soron (Sociology), Ebru Ustundag (Geography), Michelle Webber (Sociology)
Amanda Glasbeek (Social Sciences, York), A. Bonny Ibhawoh (History, McMaster)
Graduate Program Director
Ethna Bernat 905-688-5550, extension 5591
This innovative interdisciplinary MA in Social Justice and Equity Studies responds to the growing need for individuals trained in the expanding field of social justice and equity scholarship. The objective 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 the local to the global.
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, Communications Studies, Education, Popular Culture and Film, Community Health Sciences, Dramatic Arts, English Language and Literature, Great Books Liberal Studies, Geography, History, Labour Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Tourism and Environment 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.
Successful completion of an Honours Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline, with a minimum overall average of 75%. The program welcomes students from a variety of academic backgrounds. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in English. Applicants must supply a statement outlining their research background, interests and goals.
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.
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 Thesis
The program of study will 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, or a Directed Studies course. Additional credits may be required of candidates with insufficient pre-admission background.
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 A is designed to normally be completed in five terms.
Scheme B: Course Work and Major Essay
The program of study will include: SJES 5F91 (major essay), SJES 5P01, SJES 5P02, SJES 5P03, and three half-credit electives. Of the three additional courses, 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, 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.
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 pursuing a broader range of courses should enrol 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.
Scheme B is designed to normally be completed in three terms.
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.
Note: SJES 5P01, 5P02, 5P03 and two elective courses are offered each year. Students should consult with the Graduate Program Administrative Assistant regarding course offerings and course selection and must have their course selections approved by the Graduate Program Director each term. Refer to the Timetable for scheduling information:
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.
A major essay which shall demonstrate capacity for independent work and original research or thought.
In a small group forum, students hone their skills in developing research projects. A broad range of topics and approaches to social justice and equity research are introduced. The course incorporates a speakers' series.
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.
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.
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.
Social Justice and the City
Theories and case studies 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.
Social Justice and Environment
Theories and case studies examining the interconnectedness of social and environmental problems, and struggles to overcome them, in the context of capitalism and globalization.
Animal Liberation and Social Justice
Theories and case studies 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Specialized study on an individual basis under the direction of a faculty supervisor.
Selected Topics in Social Justice and Equity Studies
A topic in social justice and equity studies that will vary by instructor.