Social Justice Community St (SJCS)

SJCS 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.

SJCS 2000  Canadian Society and Social Justice  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: SJCS 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?

SJCS 2100  Community Organizing  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: SJCS 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.

SJCS 2810  Selected Topics in Social Justice & Community Studies  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: SJCS 1211

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

SJCS 3216  Unpacking Whiteness  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: SJCS 1211 or permission of the instructor

Students use interdisciplinary, intersectional, and critical approaches to explore the socio-historical construction, practices, policing, power of white racial privilege, and white supremacy. Students also consider potential solutions to these problems.

SJCS 3218  Racialization and Social Control  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: SJCS 1211 or permission of the instructor.

Students examine key theoretical texts and empirical studies on the construction, policing, and regulation of the Other institutionally, individually, and systemically. Topics include eugenics and temperance movements, prison regulation, racial profiling, policing of Indigenous and Black communities, and the casting out of Muslims from Western law and politics.

SJCS 3220  Race, Racism & Colonialism  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: SJCS 1211 or permission of instructor

Students critically examine the history, social production, and ongoing impacts of race, racism and colonialism.

SJCS 3308  Family History and the Politics of Memory  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: SJCS 1211 or permission of the instructor

Students are introduced to the interdisciplinary study of family history through a variety of theoretical approaches in the social sciences and humanities. The focus is on how research into family history acts as a form of strategic self-making in a context of rapid social and political change.

SJCS 3408  Urban Social Justice  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: SJCS 1211 or permission of the instructor

Students are introduced to the interdisciplinary study of the city, and urban social relations and communities, with particular attention paid to how these are shaped through unequal power relations, and in historically specific ways.

SJCS 3508  Corporate Crime  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: SJCS 1211 or permission of the instructor

Students examine and analyze corporate and state crime and social harm, the principal factors in the definition and commission of such crimes, and the ways in which governments and legal systems respond to the problems.

SJCS 3608  Forms of Servitude  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: SJCS 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.

SJCS 3810  Special Topics in Social Justice & Community Studies  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: SJCS 1211

Students examine a selection of mid-level topics directly related to social justice and community studies.

SJCS 4370  Multiculturalism: Theory and Practice  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: SJCS 2000 and SJCS 2100 or SOCI 3012 or permission of instructor

Students critically examine the historical and social frameworks for Canadian approaches to multiculturalism, and then put into practice what they learned by working with a community organization.

SJCS 4432  Gender and Law  
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 and analyze how the social construction of femininity, masculinity and non-binary gender intersect with other dimensions of identity and power to shape law.

SJCS 4500  Honours Thesis  
6 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Enrolment in SJCS honours program and

identification of a faculty thesis advisor

SJCS 4570  Indigenous-Settler Relations  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: SJCS 2000 or SOCI/CRIM 3220 or permission of the instructor

Students examine the history and contemporary forms of settler colonialism, with a particular focus on contemporary Indigenous-Settler relations.

SJCS 4739  Transnational Comm Organizing  [WGST 6739]  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: SJCS 2000 and SJCS 2100 or permission from the instructor

Student 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 and micro levels while exploring the tensions and negotiations of organizing efforts, including through student work with a community organization.

SJCS 4740  Intersect: Theory, Meth & Prax  [WGST 6740]  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: 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.

SJCS 4810  Special Topics in Social Justice & Community Studies  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: SJCS 1211, SJCS 2000 or permission of the instructor

Students examine a selection of upper-level topics directly related to social justice and community studies.