Social Justice & Community Studies

Course Descriptions

1211 Social Power Relations
3 credit hours

Students are introduced to social justice perspectives on social inequality, power relations, and resistance. Students examine theoretical concepts of power relations and topics that challenge dominant notions about society. The biases and assumptions that inform the study of power relations across gender, race, class, sexuality, Indigeneity, ability and citizenship are also considered.


 

2000 Canadian Society and Social Justice
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: SJCS 1211 or SOCI 1211
Students examine social justice perspectives on Canadian society and state policies past and present. Possible questions include: What does it mean to be Canadian? What are the encounters involved in how the Canadian nation and identity come to be?


 

2100 Community Organizing
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: SJCS 1211 or SOCI 1211
Students examine the significance, dynamics, and strategies of critical participation and awareness in community organizing efforts. Students are introduced to analytical perspectives, practical principles, and examples in social justice organizing at the local, national, and global levels.


 

 

2810-2830 Selected Topics in Social Justice and Community Studies
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: SJCS 1211 or SOCI 1211
The subject matter of these courses will be announced from time to time. Courses cover various aspects of Social Justice and Community Studies and will be multi-disciplinary in nature. The topics to be examined are determined by the instructor and/or Department.


 

3220 Race, Racism, Colonialism (Formerly CRIM/SOCI 3320)
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: SJCS 1211 or SOCI 1210 or permission of instructor.
Students critically examine the history, social production, and ongoing impacts of race, racism and colonialism.


 

3408 Urban Sociology (Formerly SOCI 3408)
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: SJCS 1211 or SOCI 1210 or permission of the instructor.
Students are introduced to the sociological study of the city, with particular attention paid to how human beings produce and interact in cities through unequal power relations, and in historically specific ways.


 

3508 Corporate Crime (Formerly CRIM/SOCI 3508)
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: SJCS 1211 or SOCI 1210 or permission of the instructor.
Students examine and analyze the nature, scope and impact of corporate crime, the principal organizational, social, political, and economic factors in the definition and commission of such crimes, and the ways in which governments and legal systems respond to the problems.


 

3608 Forms of Servitude [WMST]
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: SJCS 1211 or SOCI 1211 or permission of the instructor.
Students explore different forms of servitude at the intersections of imperialism, racialization, globalization, labour, and citizenship. Students analyze a combination of texts that largely focus on Canadian contexts, but also include texts set in other countries. Possible topics could include chattel slavery, indentured labour, and migrant labour.


 

 

3810-3830 Special Topics in Social Justice and Community Studies
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: SJCS 1211 or SOCI 1211
Students examine a selection of mid-level topics directly related to social justice and community studies.


 

 

 

4370 Multiculturalism in Canada and Abroad (Formerly SOCI 4370)
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: SJCS 2000 and 2100 or SOCI 3012 or permission of instructor.
Students examine the historical and social frameworks for Canadian approaches to multiculturalism. Particular attention is given to the place of refugee claimants, refugees, temporary foreign workers, and "illegal" migrants in Canadian society. Students will work on a project with a community organization.


 

 

 

4432 Gender and Law [WMST 4432]  (Formerly CRIM/SOCI 4432)
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: SJCS 2000 or SOCI/CRIM 3010, 3100, 3102 and SOCI 3012 or CRIM 3011 or permission of the instructor
Students examine how the social construction of femininity and masculinity intersect with other forms of identity and power to shape law. Students investigate the creation, interpretation and enforcement of law.


 

 

 

4570 Indigenous Politics and Settler Colonialism
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: SJCS 2000 or SOCI/CRIM 3220 or permission of the instructor.
Students examine the history and ongoing social impacts of settler colonialism in Canada, with a particular focus on Mi’kma’ki. Students explore a variety of forms of contemporary indigenous resurgence and resistance, with a particular focus on emerging indigenist scholarship on the topic.


 

 

4739 Transnational Community Organizing [WGST 6739]
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: SJCS 2000 and 2100 or permission from the instructor.
Students critically examine practical applications of concepts, theories, methods, and strategies of social justice organizing at the transnational level. This advanced course brings forth social justice organizing at the macro (international/national/regional) and micro (institutions/ communities) levels while exploring the tensions and negotiations of organizing efforts.


 

 

4740 Intersectionality: Theory, Methods and Praxis [WGST 6740]
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: SJCS 2000 or permission of the instructor.
Students develop the concept of intersectionality in relation to how structures of power and domination − patriarchy, colonialism, and capitalism − are interconnected and interacting. Students learn how to engage responsibly with intersectionality as a paradigm, an analytic tool, and a theoretical framework.


 

 

4810-4830 Special Topics in Social Justice and Community Studies
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: SJCS 1211 or SOCI 1211, SJCS 2000 or permission of the instructor.
Students examine a selection of upper-level topics directly related to social justice and community studies.