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Diversity and Social Justice Studies (DSJS) (formerly Women's Studies)

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The Diversity and Social Justice Studies program is located in SDU Main Building

Diversity and Social Justice Studies (DSJS) named as one of three "standout programs" in the 2017 Maclean's Canadian Universities Guidebook! 


Diversity and Social Justice Studies responds to the 21st century need for critical engaged citizens who can, through a variety of theoretical languages and methodologies: a) analyze the social construction of identity categories (gender, sexuality, race, class, age, national status, able-bodiedness, species, etc.) and recognize the difference these make to what we know and how we act in the world; b) recognize, address, and challenge global inequities around these intersecting identity categories and analyze how social structures and policies, systems of representation, and everyday practices perpetuate these inequities; c) see the world from multiple points of view at the same time, recognize the complexity of contexts in shaping those views, and understand that both knowledge and visions of social change are always situated and partial.

Diversity and Social Justice encourages interdisciplinary approaches and the development of intercultural knowledge through a variety of courses and other learning opportunities. Courses are divided into three thematic areas: 1) Gender and Sexuality; 2) Identities and Social Structures; 3) Cultural Representation and Analysis.

Dr. Ann Braithwaite
Coordinator, Diversity and Social Justice Studies Program
Want more information about Diversity and Social Justice Studies (DSJS) (formerly Women's Studies)? Leave your email address and we'll get in touch!
First Name:
Last Name:
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Careers:
  • Non-profit Careers
  • Social Worker
  • Human Rights Advocate
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
The Diversity and Social Justice Studies program is located in SDU Main Building

Students pursuing a Major in Diversity and Social Justice must complete 42 credit hours (14 courses) in the DSJS Program. These credit hours must be composed of the 2 required core courses in DSJS 1090 and 4040, and 12 additional courses from the list of DSJS courses, with at least four courses (12 semester hours) at the 3000-4000-level. Students must take a minimum of 2 courses from each of the 3 thematic areas.

1.  Core Courses:

  • DSJS 1090 Special Topics in Diversity and Social Justice Studies
  • DSJS 4040 Theorizing Social Justice

2.  DSJS and cross-listed courses:

THEMATIC AREAS
Gender and Sexuality

DSJS 2050 - Sex and Culture
DSJS 2420 - Philosophies of Love and Sexuality (Philosophy 2420)
DSJS 2610 - Sex, Gender and Society (Sociology/Anthropology 2610)
DSJS 3850 - Women in 19th Century Canada (History 3850)
DSJS 3860 - Women in 20th Century Canada (History 3860)
DSJS 3910 - Psychology of Women (Psychology 3910)
DSJS 3950 - Gender and Violence (Psychology 3950)
DSJS 4060 - Queer Theory
DSJS 4350 - Gender and Sexuality (Psychology 4350)

Identities and Social Structures
DSJS 2630 - Global Youth Cultures (Sociology/Anthropology 2630)
DSJS 2750 - Social Inequality (Sociology/Anthropology 2750)
DSJS 2920 - Work and Society (Sociology 2920) 
DSJS 3020 - Constructing Difference and Identity (Sociology/Anthropology 3070)
DSJS 3030 - Psychology of Aging (Psychology 3030)
DSJS 3520 - Kinship and Family (Anthropology 3520)
DSJS 3550 - Globalization (Sociology/Anthropology 3550)
DSJS 3710 - Community Based Ethical Inquiry (Philosophy 3710)
DSJS 3810 - Women, Economics and the Economy (Economics 3810)
DSJS 3840 - Cultural Psychology (Psychology 3850)
DSJS 4010 - Medical Anthropology (Anthropology 4010)
DSJS 4310 - Minority/Ethnic Groups and Canadian Multiculturalism (Soc/Anth 4310)
DSJS 4510 - Women and Aging (Family Science 4510)
DSJS 4720 - Social Justice in Psychology (Psychology 4720)

Cultural Representation and Analysis
DSJS 2120 - Food and Cultural Studies (Foods & Nutrition 2310)
DSJS 2210 - Writings by Women (English 2210)
DSJS 3060 - Transgression, Resistance, Protest
DSJS 3110 - Identity and Popular Culture (Anthropology 3100/English 3140)
DSJS 3320 - Knowledge and Culture (Anthropology 3320)
DSJS 3740 - Qualitative Research Methods (Psychology 3740)
DSJS 4020 - Cybercultures (Anthropology 4030)
DSJS 4120 - Theories of the Body
DSJS 4560 - Visual Culture (Sociology/Anthropology 4560)
DSJS 4660 - Advanced Topics in Gender and Sexuality (English 4660)
DSJS 4730 - 18th Century English Society and Culture (History 4730)

 

Want more information about Diversity and Social Justice Studies (DSJS) (formerly Women's Studies)? Leave your email address and we'll get in touch!
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Last Name:
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  • Non-profit Careers
  • Social Worker
  • Human Rights Advocate
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
The Diversity and Social Justice Studies program is located in SDU Main Building

A minor in DSJS will be recognized when a student has successfully completed twenty-one (21) semester hours of courses in DSJS, including 1090 and six additional courses from anywhere on the list of DSJS courses. At least six-semester hours must be at the 3000- or 4000-level.

Want more information about Diversity and Social Justice Studies (DSJS) (formerly Women's Studies)? Leave your email address and we'll get in touch!
First Name:
Last Name:
E-mail Address:
Careers:
  • Non-profit Careers
  • Social Worker
  • Human Rights Advocate
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
The Diversity and Social Justice Studies program is located in SDU Main Building

Each year, Diversity and Social Justice Studies is pleased to be able to award three monetary prizes to deserving students in the program. The Elizabeth Fox Percival Memorial Scholarship is funded through a scholarship fund established in 2001 in memory of Dr. Percival, who taught at UPEI from 1971 to 2001, and who was one of the primary founders of the program at the University. The Bonnie MacPherson award is funded through an endowment made to the University by the family of former UPEI student Bonnie MacPherson. The Friends of Diversity and Social Justice Studies Award is made possible by the generous donations of a group of community and academic supporters, the Friends of Diversity and Social Justice Studies, started by Dr. Percival.

The Dr. Elizabeth Fox Percival Memorial Award

This award will be given to a returning UPEI student in high academic standing who demonstrates a focus on gender issues in Psychology and Diversity and Social Justice Studies and a commitment to advancing social justice across campus and/or in the larger community. A recipient will be chosen based on a recommendation from the Coordinator of Diversity and Social Justice Studies and the Chair of the Psychology Department, and will be approved by the UPEI Scholarships and Awards committee. This award is given out at Deans' Honours and Awards Night in the fall semester.

The Bonnie Lynne MacPherson Award in Diversity and Social Justice Studies

The Bonnie L. MacPherson Memorial Award is presented annually to a graduating student who has exemplified excellence in scholarship in the Diversity and Social Justice Studies Program. A recipient will be chosen based upon a recommendation from the Coordinator of Diversity and Social Justice Studies and will be approved by the UPEI Scholarships and Awards Committee.

The Friends of Diversity and Social Justice Studies Award

The Friends of Diversity and Social Justice Studies Award is presented annually, upon recommendation of the Coordinator of Diversity and Social Justice Studies, to a returning full-time student with an expressed interest in pursuing Diversity and Social Justice Studies through active participation in courses, and who has also demonstrated a strong commitment to social justice. This prize is awarded at the annual Deans’ Honours and Awards ceremony held each fall.

 

Want more information about Diversity and Social Justice Studies (DSJS) (formerly Women's Studies)? Leave your email address and we'll get in touch!
First Name:
Last Name:
E-mail Address:
Careers:
  • Non-profit Careers
  • Social Worker
  • Human Rights Advocate
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
The Diversity and Social Justice Studies program is located in SDU Main Building

Core Faculty

  • Ann Braithwaite, Diversity and Social Justice Studies, Coordinator

Faculty, cross-listed courses

  • Charles Adeyanju (Sociology/Anthropology)
  • Susan Brown (History)
  • Lisa Chilton (History)
  • Pam Courtenay-Hall (Philosophy)
  • Nicky Hyndman (Applied Human Sciences)
  • Udo Krautwurst (Sociology/Anthropology)
  • Colleen MacQuarrie (Psychology)
  • Jean Mitchell (Sociology/Anthropology)
  • Sharon Myers (History)
  • Nia Phillips (Psychology)
  • Jim Sentance (Economics)
Overview

Diversity and Social Justice Studies (DSJS) named as one of three "standout programs" in the 2017 Maclean's Canadian Universities Guidebook! 


Diversity and Social Justice Studies responds to the 21st century need for critical engaged citizens who can, through a variety of theoretical languages and methodologies: a) analyze the social construction of identity categories (gender, sexuality, race, class, age, national status, able-bodiedness, species, etc.) and recognize the difference these make to what we know and how we act in the world; b) recognize, address, and challenge global inequities around these intersecting identity categories and analyze how social structures and policies, systems of representation, and everyday practices perpetuate these inequities; c) see the world from multiple points of view at the same time, recognize the complexity of contexts in shaping those views, and understand that both knowledge and visions of social change are always situated and partial.

Diversity and Social Justice encourages interdisciplinary approaches and the development of intercultural knowledge through a variety of courses and other learning opportunities. Courses are divided into three thematic areas: 1) Gender and Sexuality; 2) Identities and Social Structures; 3) Cultural Representation and Analysis.

Coordinator, Diversity and Social Justice Studies Program
Dr. Ann Braithwaite
Major

Students pursuing a Major in Diversity and Social Justice must complete 42 credit hours (14 courses) in the DSJS Program. These credit hours must be composed of the 2 required core courses in DSJS 1090 and 4040, and 12 additional courses from the list of DSJS courses, with at least four courses (12 semester hours) at the 3000-4000-level. Students must take a minimum of 2 courses from each of the 3 thematic areas.

1.  Core Courses:

  • DSJS 1090 Special Topics in Diversity and Social Justice Studies
  • DSJS 4040 Theorizing Social Justice

2.  DSJS and cross-listed courses:

THEMATIC AREAS
Gender and Sexuality

DSJS 2050 - Sex and Culture
DSJS 2420 - Philosophies of Love and Sexuality (Philosophy 2420)
DSJS 2610 - Sex, Gender and Society (Sociology/Anthropology 2610)
DSJS 3850 - Women in 19th Century Canada (History 3850)
DSJS 3860 - Women in 20th Century Canada (History 3860)
DSJS 3910 - Psychology of Women (Psychology 3910)
DSJS 3950 - Gender and Violence (Psychology 3950)
DSJS 4060 - Queer Theory
DSJS 4350 - Gender and Sexuality (Psychology 4350)

Identities and Social Structures
DSJS 2630 - Global Youth Cultures (Sociology/Anthropology 2630)
DSJS 2750 - Social Inequality (Sociology/Anthropology 2750)
DSJS 2920 - Work and Society (Sociology 2920) 
DSJS 3020 - Constructing Difference and Identity (Sociology/Anthropology 3070)
DSJS 3030 - Psychology of Aging (Psychology 3030)
DSJS 3520 - Kinship and Family (Anthropology 3520)
DSJS 3550 - Globalization (Sociology/Anthropology 3550)
DSJS 3710 - Community Based Ethical Inquiry (Philosophy 3710)
DSJS 3810 - Women, Economics and the Economy (Economics 3810)
DSJS 3840 - Cultural Psychology (Psychology 3850)
DSJS 4010 - Medical Anthropology (Anthropology 4010)
DSJS 4310 - Minority/Ethnic Groups and Canadian Multiculturalism (Soc/Anth 4310)
DSJS 4510 - Women and Aging (Family Science 4510)
DSJS 4720 - Social Justice in Psychology (Psychology 4720)

Cultural Representation and Analysis
DSJS 2120 - Food and Cultural Studies (Foods & Nutrition 2310)
DSJS 2210 - Writings by Women (English 2210)
DSJS 3060 - Transgression, Resistance, Protest
DSJS 3110 - Identity and Popular Culture (Anthropology 3100/English 3140)
DSJS 3320 - Knowledge and Culture (Anthropology 3320)
DSJS 3740 - Qualitative Research Methods (Psychology 3740)
DSJS 4020 - Cybercultures (Anthropology 4030)
DSJS 4120 - Theories of the Body
DSJS 4560 - Visual Culture (Sociology/Anthropology 4560)
DSJS 4660 - Advanced Topics in Gender and Sexuality (English 4660)
DSJS 4730 - 18th Century English Society and Culture (History 4730)

 

Minor

A minor in DSJS will be recognized when a student has successfully completed twenty-one (21) semester hours of courses in DSJS, including 1090 and six additional courses from anywhere on the list of DSJS courses. At least six-semester hours must be at the 3000- or 4000-level.

Awards and Honours

Each year, Diversity and Social Justice Studies is pleased to be able to award three monetary prizes to deserving students in the program. The Elizabeth Fox Percival Memorial Scholarship is funded through a scholarship fund established in 2001 in memory of Dr. Percival, who taught at UPEI from 1971 to 2001, and who was one of the primary founders of the program at the University. The Bonnie MacPherson award is funded through an endowment made to the University by the family of former UPEI student Bonnie MacPherson. The Friends of Diversity and Social Justice Studies Award is made possible by the generous donations of a group of community and academic supporters, the Friends of Diversity and Social Justice Studies, started by Dr. Percival.

The Dr. Elizabeth Fox Percival Memorial Award

This award will be given to a returning UPEI student in high academic standing who demonstrates a focus on gender issues in Psychology and Diversity and Social Justice Studies and a commitment to advancing social justice across campus and/or in the larger community. A recipient will be chosen based on a recommendation from the Coordinator of Diversity and Social Justice Studies and the Chair of the Psychology Department, and will be approved by the UPEI Scholarships and Awards committee. This award is given out at Deans' Honours and Awards Night in the fall semester.

The Bonnie Lynne MacPherson Award in Diversity and Social Justice Studies

The Bonnie L. MacPherson Memorial Award is presented annually to a graduating student who has exemplified excellence in scholarship in the Diversity and Social Justice Studies Program. A recipient will be chosen based upon a recommendation from the Coordinator of Diversity and Social Justice Studies and will be approved by the UPEI Scholarships and Awards Committee.

The Friends of Diversity and Social Justice Studies Award

The Friends of Diversity and Social Justice Studies Award is presented annually, upon recommendation of the Coordinator of Diversity and Social Justice Studies, to a returning full-time student with an expressed interest in pursuing Diversity and Social Justice Studies through active participation in courses, and who has also demonstrated a strong commitment to social justice. This prize is awarded at the annual Deans’ Honours and Awards ceremony held each fall.

 

Faculty

Core Faculty

  • Ann Braithwaite, Diversity and Social Justice Studies, Coordinator

Faculty, cross-listed courses

  • Charles Adeyanju (Sociology/Anthropology)
  • Susan Brown (History)
  • Lisa Chilton (History)
  • Pam Courtenay-Hall (Philosophy)
  • Nicky Hyndman (Applied Human Sciences)
  • Udo Krautwurst (Sociology/Anthropology)
  • Colleen MacQuarrie (Psychology)
  • Jean Mitchell (Sociology/Anthropology)
  • Sharon Myers (History)
  • Nia Phillips (Psychology)
  • Jim Sentance (Economics)

Overview

Diversity and Social Justice Studies (DSJS) named as one of three "standout programs" in the 2017 Maclean's Canadian Universities Guidebook! 


Diversity and Social Justice Studies responds to the 21st century need for critical engaged citizens who can, through a variety of theoretical languages and methodologies: a) analyze the social construction of identity categories (gender, sexuality, race, class, age, national status, able-bodiedness, species, etc.) and recognize the difference these make to what we know and how we act in the world; b) recognize, address, and challenge global inequities around these intersecting identity categories and analyze how social structures and policies, systems of representation, and everyday practices perpetuate these inequities; c) see the world from multiple points of view at the same time, recognize the complexity of contexts in shaping those views, and understand that both knowledge and visions of social change are always situated and partial.

Diversity and Social Justice encourages interdisciplinary approaches and the development of intercultural knowledge through a variety of courses and other learning opportunities. Courses are divided into three thematic areas: 1) Gender and Sexuality; 2) Identities and Social Structures; 3) Cultural Representation and Analysis.

Dr. Ann Braithwaite
Coordinator, Diversity and Social Justice Studies Program

Major

Students pursuing a Major in Diversity and Social Justice must complete 42 credit hours (14 courses) in the DSJS Program. These credit hours must be composed of the 2 required core courses in DSJS 1090 and 4040, and 12 additional courses from the list of DSJS courses, with at least four courses (12 semester hours) at the 3000-4000-level. Students must take a minimum of 2 courses from each of the 3 thematic areas.

1.  Core Courses:

  • DSJS 1090 Special Topics in Diversity and Social Justice Studies
  • DSJS 4040 Theorizing Social Justice

2.  DSJS and cross-listed courses:

THEMATIC AREAS
Gender and Sexuality

DSJS 2050 - Sex and Culture
DSJS 2420 - Philosophies of Love and Sexuality (Philosophy 2420)
DSJS 2610 - Sex, Gender and Society (Sociology/Anthropology 2610)
DSJS 3850 - Women in 19th Century Canada (History 3850)
DSJS 3860 - Women in 20th Century Canada (History 3860)
DSJS 3910 - Psychology of Women (Psychology 3910)
DSJS 3950 - Gender and Violence (Psychology 3950)
DSJS 4060 - Queer Theory
DSJS 4350 - Gender and Sexuality (Psychology 4350)

Identities and Social Structures
DSJS 2630 - Global Youth Cultures (Sociology/Anthropology 2630)
DSJS 2750 - Social Inequality (Sociology/Anthropology 2750)
DSJS 2920 - Work and Society (Sociology 2920) 
DSJS 3020 - Constructing Difference and Identity (Sociology/Anthropology 3070)
DSJS 3030 - Psychology of Aging (Psychology 3030)
DSJS 3520 - Kinship and Family (Anthropology 3520)
DSJS 3550 - Globalization (Sociology/Anthropology 3550)
DSJS 3710 - Community Based Ethical Inquiry (Philosophy 3710)
DSJS 3810 - Women, Economics and the Economy (Economics 3810)
DSJS 3840 - Cultural Psychology (Psychology 3850)
DSJS 4010 - Medical Anthropology (Anthropology 4010)
DSJS 4310 - Minority/Ethnic Groups and Canadian Multiculturalism (Soc/Anth 4310)
DSJS 4510 - Women and Aging (Family Science 4510)
DSJS 4720 - Social Justice in Psychology (Psychology 4720)

Cultural Representation and Analysis
DSJS 2120 - Food and Cultural Studies (Foods & Nutrition 2310)
DSJS 2210 - Writings by Women (English 2210)
DSJS 3060 - Transgression, Resistance, Protest
DSJS 3110 - Identity and Popular Culture (Anthropology 3100/English 3140)
DSJS 3320 - Knowledge and Culture (Anthropology 3320)
DSJS 3740 - Qualitative Research Methods (Psychology 3740)
DSJS 4020 - Cybercultures (Anthropology 4030)
DSJS 4120 - Theories of the Body
DSJS 4560 - Visual Culture (Sociology/Anthropology 4560)
DSJS 4660 - Advanced Topics in Gender and Sexuality (English 4660)
DSJS 4730 - 18th Century English Society and Culture (History 4730)

 

Minor

A minor in DSJS will be recognized when a student has successfully completed twenty-one (21) semester hours of courses in DSJS, including 1090 and six additional courses from anywhere on the list of DSJS courses. At least six-semester hours must be at the 3000- or 4000-level.

Awards and Honours

Each year, Diversity and Social Justice Studies is pleased to be able to award three monetary prizes to deserving students in the program. The Elizabeth Fox Percival Memorial Scholarship is funded through a scholarship fund established in 2001 in memory of Dr. Percival, who taught at UPEI from 1971 to 2001, and who was one of the primary founders of the program at the University. The Bonnie MacPherson award is funded through an endowment made to the University by the family of former UPEI student Bonnie MacPherson. The Friends of Diversity and Social Justice Studies Award is made possible by the generous donations of a group of community and academic supporters, the Friends of Diversity and Social Justice Studies, started by Dr. Percival.

The Dr. Elizabeth Fox Percival Memorial Award

This award will be given to a returning UPEI student in high academic standing who demonstrates a focus on gender issues in Psychology and Diversity and Social Justice Studies and a commitment to advancing social justice across campus and/or in the larger community. A recipient will be chosen based on a recommendation from the Coordinator of Diversity and Social Justice Studies and the Chair of the Psychology Department, and will be approved by the UPEI Scholarships and Awards committee. This award is given out at Deans' Honours and Awards Night in the fall semester.

The Bonnie Lynne MacPherson Award in Diversity and Social Justice Studies

The Bonnie L. MacPherson Memorial Award is presented annually to a graduating student who has exemplified excellence in scholarship in the Diversity and Social Justice Studies Program. A recipient will be chosen based upon a recommendation from the Coordinator of Diversity and Social Justice Studies and will be approved by the UPEI Scholarships and Awards Committee.

The Friends of Diversity and Social Justice Studies Award

The Friends of Diversity and Social Justice Studies Award is presented annually, upon recommendation of the Coordinator of Diversity and Social Justice Studies, to a returning full-time student with an expressed interest in pursuing Diversity and Social Justice Studies through active participation in courses, and who has also demonstrated a strong commitment to social justice. This prize is awarded at the annual Deans’ Honours and Awards ceremony held each fall.

 

Faculty

Core Faculty

  • Ann Braithwaite, Diversity and Social Justice Studies, Coordinator

Faculty, cross-listed courses

  • Charles Adeyanju (Sociology/Anthropology)
  • Susan Brown (History)
  • Lisa Chilton (History)
  • Pam Courtenay-Hall (Philosophy)
  • Nicky Hyndman (Applied Human Sciences)
  • Udo Krautwurst (Sociology/Anthropology)
  • Colleen MacQuarrie (Psychology)
  • Jean Mitchell (Sociology/Anthropology)
  • Sharon Myers (History)
  • Nia Phillips (Psychology)
  • Jim Sentance (Economics)
Want more information about Diversity and Social Justice Studies (DSJS) (formerly Women's Studies)? Leave your email address and we'll get in touch!
First Name:
Last Name:
E-mail Address:
Careers: 
Non-profit Careers
Social Worker
Human Rights Advocate
Journalist
Lawyer
Course Level: 
1000 Level
Courses: 
DSJS-1090 - SPECIAL TOPICS Creation of a course code for special topics offered by Diversity and Social Justice Studies at the 1000 level. Visit the DSJS Special Topics page for a complete description.
3 hours credit
Course Level: 
2000 Level
Courses: 
DSJS-2050 - SEX AND CULTURE This course examines theories of sex and sexuality, and investigates how they are central to the construction and function of contemporary North American culture. It explores how boundaries between 'approved of ' and 'disapproved of ' sexual behaviours reflect larger social and cultural concerns, and challenges students to think beyond the more usual either/or ways of identifying sexuality. Topics covered include the social construction of heterosexuality, changing definitions of lesbian/gay/bisexual, challenges posed by intersexed and transgendered people, sex work, sado/masochism, pornography, monogamy, intergenerational sex, internet and 'cybersex,' and the 'feminist sex wars.' Three hours a week
3 hours credit
DSJS-2090 - SPECIAL TOPICS Creation of a course code for special topics offered by DSJS at the 2000 level.
3 hours credit
DSJS-2120 - FOOD AND CULTURAL STUDIES This course introduces students to the study of food and its relationships to identities (i.e., gender, race, class, national status), the body, community, popular culture, and politics. It explores how historical and contemporary food production and consumption practices both construct and reflect these relationships and examines such questions as how food is defined and how it circulates to both perpetuate and challenge power and privilege. Cross-listed with Foods & Nutrition (cf. Foods & Nutrition 2310)
3 hours credit
FN-2310 - FOOD AND CULTURAL STUDIES This course introduces students to the study of food and its relationships to identities (i.e., gender, race, class, national status), the body, community, popular culture, and politics. It explores how historical and contemporary food production and consumption practices both construct and reflect these relationships and examines such questions as how food is defined and how it circulates to both perpetuate and challenge power and privilege. Cross-listed with Diversity and Social Justice Studies (cf. DSJS 2120)
3 hours credit
Course Level: 
3000 Level
Courses: 
DSJS-3020 - CONSTRUCTING DIFFERENCE AND IDENTITY This course examines some of the differences between and among women, exploring how claims to various identities and politics have transformed Diversity and Social Justice Studies. It analyzes essentialist assumptions about identity categories such as race, sex, gender, and sexuality, and examines their social construction and contemporary interconnections at the institutional level. Cross-listed with Sociology/Anthropology (cf. Soc/Anth 3070). Three hours a week.
PREREQUISITE: A DSJS Special Topics course at the 1000-level or permission of the instructor
3 hours credit
DSJS-3060 - TRANSGRESSION, RESISTANCE, PROTEST This course introduces students to concepts of 'transgression,' resistance, and protest, exploring what kinds of events, people, and objects are thought to constitute social, political, and cultural practices of these concepts in various times and places. It explores how gender, sexuality, race, national identity, class, age, and abilities have been central to social definitions of--and anxieties about-transgression, resistance, and protest. It also focuses on how people have used these concepts to productively push against the limits of their social positionings.
3 hours credit
SAN-3070 - CONSTRUCTING DIFFERENCE AND IDENTITY This course examines some of the differences between and among women, exploring how claims to various identities and politics have transformed Diversity and Social Justice Studies. It analyzes essentialist assumptions about identity categories such as race, sex, gender, and sexuality, and examines their social construction and contemporary interconnections at the institutional level. Cross-listed with Diversity and Social Justice Studies (cf. DSJS 3020) Three hours a week
PREREQUISITE: Anthropology 1050, Sociology 1010, and one 2000- level Anthropology, Sociology, or Sociology/Anthropology course
3 hours credit
DSJS-3090 - SPECIAL TOPICS Creation of a course code for special topics offered by DSJS at the 3000 level.
3 hours credit
ANTH-3100 - IDENTITY AND POPULAR CULTURE This course introduces students to approaches to the study of popular culture and cultural studies, asking what is meant by the term "pop culture" and exploring it as a site of struggle and negotiation for a variety of identity groups. It explores both how social identities (gender, race, sexuality, and class) are constructed and represented in popular cultural objects and practices, and examines how those can make a difference to how people then interact with and in that pop culture. Course materials are drawn from advertising, popular events and trends, news items, film, TV, fan culture, zines, pornography, and the new communications technologies. Cross-listed as English 3140 and DSJS 3110
PREREQUISITE: Anthropology 1050, Sociology 1010, and one 2000-level Anthropology, Sociology, or Sociology/Anthropology course
3 hours credit
DSJS-3110 - IDENTITY AND POPULAR CULTURE This course introduces students to approaches to the study of popular culture and cultural studies, asking what is meant by the term "pop culture" and exploring it as a site of struggle and negotiation for a variety of identity groups. It explores both how social identities (gender, race, sexuality, and class) are constructed and represented in popular cultural objects and practices, and examines how those can make a difference to how people then interact with and in that pop culture. Course materials are drawn from advertising, popular events and trends, news items, film, TV, fan culture, zines, pornography, and the new communications technologies. Cross-listed as English 3140 and Anthropology 3100. Three hours a week.
3 hours credit
ENG-3140 - IDENTITY AND POPULAR CULTURE This course introduces students to approaches to the study of popular culture and cultural studies, asking what is meant by the term "pop culture" and exploring it as a site of struggle and negotiation for a variety of identity groups. It explores both how social identities (gender, race, sexuality, and class) are constructed and represented in popular cultural objects and practices, and examines how those can make a difference to how people then interact with and in that pop culture. Course materials are drawn from advertising, popular events and trends, news items, film, TV, fan culture, zines, pornography, and the new communications technologies. Cross-listed as DSJS 3110 and Anthropology 3100 Three hours a week
PREREQUISITE: At least one 1000-level English course and at least one 2000-level English course, or permission of the instructor
3 hours credit
DSJS-3330 - L.M. Montgomery This course investigates L.M. Montgomery's contributions as a writer of women's and children's fiction; as a diarist and poet; and as a regional and international writer. Readings include some of Montgomery's most popular works from the Anne and Emily series as well as her lesser-known works. Cross-listed with English 3330 Three hours a week
3 hours credit
Course Level: 
4000 Level
Courses: 
DSJS-4040 - THEORIZING SOCIAL JUSTICE This capstone course provides the opportunity for students to explore theories and practices of "social justice," broadly defined, across a number of contexts. It examines how social movements and identity groups have defined this concept, investigates, through a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches, processes towards this goal in addition to barriers inhibiting its attainment.
PREREQUISITE: A DSJS Special Topics course at the 1000-level and at least two other DSJS courses
3 hours credit
DSJS-4060 - QUEER THEORY This course introduces students to the body of academic thought known as "queer theory" and to the ways it challenges assumptions about sexuality, gender, and other identity categories. It focuses on queer theory's historical foundations, genealogies, and contributions, as well as on contemporary uses of and debates in the field.
PREREQUISITE: A DSJS Special Topics course at the 1000-level and at least one other DSJS course at the 2000-level or above, or permission of the instructor.
3 hours credit
DSJS-4090 - SPECIAL TOPICS Creation of a course code for special topics offered by DSJS at the 4000 level.
3 hours credit
DSJS-4120 - THEORIES OF THE BODY This course introduces students to what is often called "body studies," exploring a range of theoretical and cultural accounts of the body. Through a variety of interdisciplinary readings and materials, it investigates the centrality of definitions of the body to understandings of the self, identity, and embodiment. It also examines how different perceptions of the body have been central to conceptualizations of sex, gender, race, and sexuality, and looks at some of the social and political consequences of these different perceptions. Three hours a week
PREREQUISITE: At least one DSJS course, or permission of the instructor
3 hours credit
DSJS-4610 - Contending Approaches in Comparative Politics This course gives students a theoretical overview of the field of comparative politics, the different treatments of recurring questions in the discipline, and the historical and geographic frameworks within which contemporary polities have developed. The course is retrospective in its critical examination of various models and classification schemes. Cross-listed with Diversity and Social Justice Studies (cf. DSJS 461) PREREQUISITE: At least one course from the Comparative stream or permission of the instructor Note: Some background in the empirical literature of comparative politics is essential. Seminar: Three hours a week
3 hours credit
DSJS-4910 - DIRECTED STUDIES These advanced courses for qualified students (see Academic Regulation 9) provide for supervised independent or group study of specialized topics in DSJS. The topics offered must be approved by the Co-ordinator of DSJS and the Dean of the Faculty. Three hours a week
PREREQUISITE: At least three DSJS courses or approval of the instructor
3 hours credit
DSJS-4920 - DIRECTED STUDIES These advanced courses for qualified students (see Academic Regulation 9) provide for supervised independent or group study of specialized topics in DSJS. The topics offered must be approved by the Co-ordinator of DSJS and the Dean of the Faculty. Three hours a week
PREREQUISITE: At least three DSJS courses or approval of the instructor
3 hours credit

Calendar Courses

DSJS-1090 - SPECIAL TOPICS Creation of a course code for special topics offered by Diversity and Social Justice Studies at the 1000 level. Visit the DSJS Special Topics page for a complete description.
3 hours credit
DSJS-2050 - SEX AND CULTURE This course examines theories of sex and sexuality, and investigates how they are central to the construction and function of contemporary North American culture. It explores how boundaries between 'approved of ' and 'disapproved of ' sexual behaviours reflect larger social and cultural concerns, and challenges students to think beyond the more usual either/or ways of identifying sexuality. Topics covered include the social construction of heterosexuality, changing definitions of lesbian/gay/bisexual, challenges posed by intersexed and transgendered people, sex work, sado/masochism, pornography, monogamy, intergenerational sex, internet and 'cybersex,' and the 'feminist sex wars.' Three hours a week
3 hours credit
DSJS-2090 - SPECIAL TOPICS Creation of a course code for special topics offered by DSJS at the 2000 level.
3 hours credit
DSJS-2120 - FOOD AND CULTURAL STUDIES This course introduces students to the study of food and its relationships to identities (i.e., gender, race, class, national status), the body, community, popular culture, and politics. It explores how historical and contemporary food production and consumption practices both construct and reflect these relationships and examines such questions as how food is defined and how it circulates to both perpetuate and challenge power and privilege. Cross-listed with Foods & Nutrition (cf. Foods & Nutrition 2310)
3 hours credit
FN-2310 - FOOD AND CULTURAL STUDIES This course introduces students to the study of food and its relationships to identities (i.e., gender, race, class, national status), the body, community, popular culture, and politics. It explores how historical and contemporary food production and consumption practices both construct and reflect these relationships and examines such questions as how food is defined and how it circulates to both perpetuate and challenge power and privilege. Cross-listed with Diversity and Social Justice Studies (cf. DSJS 2120)
3 hours credit
DSJS-3020 - CONSTRUCTING DIFFERENCE AND IDENTITY This course examines some of the differences between and among women, exploring how claims to various identities and politics have transformed Diversity and Social Justice Studies. It analyzes essentialist assumptions about identity categories such as race, sex, gender, and sexuality, and examines their social construction and contemporary interconnections at the institutional level. Cross-listed with Sociology/Anthropology (cf. Soc/Anth 3070). Three hours a week.
PREREQUISITE: A DSJS Special Topics course at the 1000-level or permission of the instructor
3 hours credit
DSJS-3060 - TRANSGRESSION, RESISTANCE, PROTEST This course introduces students to concepts of 'transgression,' resistance, and protest, exploring what kinds of events, people, and objects are thought to constitute social, political, and cultural practices of these concepts in various times and places. It explores how gender, sexuality, race, national identity, class, age, and abilities have been central to social definitions of--and anxieties about-transgression, resistance, and protest. It also focuses on how people have used these concepts to productively push against the limits of their social positionings.
3 hours credit
SAN-3070 - CONSTRUCTING DIFFERENCE AND IDENTITY This course examines some of the differences between and among women, exploring how claims to various identities and politics have transformed Diversity and Social Justice Studies. It analyzes essentialist assumptions about identity categories such as race, sex, gender, and sexuality, and examines their social construction and contemporary interconnections at the institutional level. Cross-listed with Diversity and Social Justice Studies (cf. DSJS 3020) Three hours a week
PREREQUISITE: Anthropology 1050, Sociology 1010, and one 2000- level Anthropology, Sociology, or Sociology/Anthropology course
3 hours credit
DSJS-3090 - SPECIAL TOPICS Creation of a course code for special topics offered by DSJS at the 3000 level.
3 hours credit
ANTH-3100 - IDENTITY AND POPULAR CULTURE This course introduces students to approaches to the study of popular culture and cultural studies, asking what is meant by the term "pop culture" and exploring it as a site of struggle and negotiation for a variety of identity groups. It explores both how social identities (gender, race, sexuality, and class) are constructed and represented in popular cultural objects and practices, and examines how those can make a difference to how people then interact with and in that pop culture. Course materials are drawn from advertising, popular events and trends, news items, film, TV, fan culture, zines, pornography, and the new communications technologies. Cross-listed as English 3140 and DSJS 3110
PREREQUISITE: Anthropology 1050, Sociology 1010, and one 2000-level Anthropology, Sociology, or Sociology/Anthropology course
3 hours credit
DSJS-3110 - IDENTITY AND POPULAR CULTURE This course introduces students to approaches to the study of popular culture and cultural studies, asking what is meant by the term "pop culture" and exploring it as a site of struggle and negotiation for a variety of identity groups. It explores both how social identities (gender, race, sexuality, and class) are constructed and represented in popular cultural objects and practices, and examines how those can make a difference to how people then interact with and in that pop culture. Course materials are drawn from advertising, popular events and trends, news items, film, TV, fan culture, zines, pornography, and the new communications technologies. Cross-listed as English 3140 and Anthropology 3100. Three hours a week.
3 hours credit
ENG-3140 - IDENTITY AND POPULAR CULTURE This course introduces students to approaches to the study of popular culture and cultural studies, asking what is meant by the term "pop culture" and exploring it as a site of struggle and negotiation for a variety of identity groups. It explores both how social identities (gender, race, sexuality, and class) are constructed and represented in popular cultural objects and practices, and examines how those can make a difference to how people then interact with and in that pop culture. Course materials are drawn from advertising, popular events and trends, news items, film, TV, fan culture, zines, pornography, and the new communications technologies. Cross-listed as DSJS 3110 and Anthropology 3100 Three hours a week
PREREQUISITE: At least one 1000-level English course and at least one 2000-level English course, or permission of the instructor
3 hours credit
DSJS-3330 - L.M. Montgomery This course investigates L.M. Montgomery's contributions as a writer of women's and children's fiction; as a diarist and poet; and as a regional and international writer. Readings include some of Montgomery's most popular works from the Anne and Emily series as well as her lesser-known works. Cross-listed with English 3330 Three hours a week
3 hours credit
DSJS-4040 - THEORIZING SOCIAL JUSTICE This capstone course provides the opportunity for students to explore theories and practices of "social justice," broadly defined, across a number of contexts. It examines how social movements and identity groups have defined this concept, investigates, through a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches, processes towards this goal in addition to barriers inhibiting its attainment.
PREREQUISITE: A DSJS Special Topics course at the 1000-level and at least two other DSJS courses
3 hours credit
DSJS-4060 - QUEER THEORY This course introduces students to the body of academic thought known as "queer theory" and to the ways it challenges assumptions about sexuality, gender, and other identity categories. It focuses on queer theory's historical foundations, genealogies, and contributions, as well as on contemporary uses of and debates in the field.
PREREQUISITE: A DSJS Special Topics course at the 1000-level and at least one other DSJS course at the 2000-level or above, or permission of the instructor.
3 hours credit
DSJS-4090 - SPECIAL TOPICS Creation of a course code for special topics offered by DSJS at the 4000 level.
3 hours credit
DSJS-4120 - THEORIES OF THE BODY This course introduces students to what is often called "body studies," exploring a range of theoretical and cultural accounts of the body. Through a variety of interdisciplinary readings and materials, it investigates the centrality of definitions of the body to understandings of the self, identity, and embodiment. It also examines how different perceptions of the body have been central to conceptualizations of sex, gender, race, and sexuality, and looks at some of the social and political consequences of these different perceptions. Three hours a week
PREREQUISITE: At least one DSJS course, or permission of the instructor
3 hours credit
DSJS-4610 - Contending Approaches in Comparative Politics This course gives students a theoretical overview of the field of comparative politics, the different treatments of recurring questions in the discipline, and the historical and geographic frameworks within which contemporary polities have developed. The course is retrospective in its critical examination of various models and classification schemes. Cross-listed with Diversity and Social Justice Studies (cf. DSJS 461) PREREQUISITE: At least one course from the Comparative stream or permission of the instructor Note: Some background in the empirical literature of comparative politics is essential. Seminar: Three hours a week
3 hours credit
DSJS-4910 - DIRECTED STUDIES These advanced courses for qualified students (see Academic Regulation 9) provide for supervised independent or group study of specialized topics in DSJS. The topics offered must be approved by the Co-ordinator of DSJS and the Dean of the Faculty. Three hours a week
PREREQUISITE: At least three DSJS courses or approval of the instructor
3 hours credit
DSJS-4920 - DIRECTED STUDIES These advanced courses for qualified students (see Academic Regulation 9) provide for supervised independent or group study of specialized topics in DSJS. The topics offered must be approved by the Co-ordinator of DSJS and the Dean of the Faculty. Three hours a week
PREREQUISITE: At least three DSJS courses or approval of the instructor
3 hours credit

Calendar Courses

1000 Level

DSJS-1090 - SPECIAL TOPICS Creation of a course code for special topics offered by Diversity and Social Justice Studies at the 1000 level. Visit the DSJS Special Topics page for a complete description.
3 hours credit

2000 Level

DSJS-2050 - SEX AND CULTURE This course examines theories of sex and sexuality, and investigates how they are central to the construction and function of contemporary North American culture. It explores how boundaries between 'approved of ' and 'disapproved of ' sexual behaviours reflect larger social and cultural concerns, and challenges students to think beyond the more usual either/or ways of identifying sexuality. Topics covered include the social construction of heterosexuality, changing definitions of lesbian/gay/bisexual, challenges posed by intersexed and transgendered people, sex work, sado/masochism, pornography, monogamy, intergenerational sex, internet and 'cybersex,' and the 'feminist sex wars.' Three hours a week
3 hours credit
DSJS-2090 - SPECIAL TOPICS Creation of a course code for special topics offered by DSJS at the 2000 level.
3 hours credit
DSJS-2120 - FOOD AND CULTURAL STUDIES This course introduces students to the study of food and its relationships to identities (i.e., gender, race, class, national status), the body, community, popular culture, and politics. It explores how historical and contemporary food production and consumption practices both construct and reflect these relationships and examines such questions as how food is defined and how it circulates to both perpetuate and challenge power and privilege. Cross-listed with Foods & Nutrition (cf. Foods & Nutrition 2310)
3 hours credit
FN-2310 - FOOD AND CULTURAL STUDIES This course introduces students to the study of food and its relationships to identities (i.e., gender, race, class, national status), the body, community, popular culture, and politics. It explores how historical and contemporary food production and consumption practices both construct and reflect these relationships and examines such questions as how food is defined and how it circulates to both perpetuate and challenge power and privilege. Cross-listed with Diversity and Social Justice Studies (cf. DSJS 2120)
3 hours credit

3000 Level

DSJS-3020 - CONSTRUCTING DIFFERENCE AND IDENTITY This course examines some of the differences between and among women, exploring how claims to various identities and politics have transformed Diversity and Social Justice Studies. It analyzes essentialist assumptions about identity categories such as race, sex, gender, and sexuality, and examines their social construction and contemporary interconnections at the institutional level. Cross-listed with Sociology/Anthropology (cf. Soc/Anth 3070). Three hours a week.
PREREQUISITE: A DSJS Special Topics course at the 1000-level or permission of the instructor
3 hours credit
DSJS-3060 - TRANSGRESSION, RESISTANCE, PROTEST This course introduces students to concepts of 'transgression,' resistance, and protest, exploring what kinds of events, people, and objects are thought to constitute social, political, and cultural practices of these concepts in various times and places. It explores how gender, sexuality, race, national identity, class, age, and abilities have been central to social definitions of--and anxieties about-transgression, resistance, and protest. It also focuses on how people have used these concepts to productively push against the limits of their social positionings.
3 hours credit
SAN-3070 - CONSTRUCTING DIFFERENCE AND IDENTITY This course examines some of the differences between and among women, exploring how claims to various identities and politics have transformed Diversity and Social Justice Studies. It analyzes essentialist assumptions about identity categories such as race, sex, gender, and sexuality, and examines their social construction and contemporary interconnections at the institutional level. Cross-listed with Diversity and Social Justice Studies (cf. DSJS 3020) Three hours a week
PREREQUISITE: Anthropology 1050, Sociology 1010, and one 2000- level Anthropology, Sociology, or Sociology/Anthropology course
3 hours credit
DSJS-3090 - SPECIAL TOPICS Creation of a course code for special topics offered by DSJS at the 3000 level.
3 hours credit
ANTH-3100 - IDENTITY AND POPULAR CULTURE This course introduces students to approaches to the study of popular culture and cultural studies, asking what is meant by the term "pop culture" and exploring it as a site of struggle and negotiation for a variety of identity groups. It explores both how social identities (gender, race, sexuality, and class) are constructed and represented in popular cultural objects and practices, and examines how those can make a difference to how people then interact with and in that pop culture. Course materials are drawn from advertising, popular events and trends, news items, film, TV, fan culture, zines, pornography, and the new communications technologies. Cross-listed as English 3140 and DSJS 3110
PREREQUISITE: Anthropology 1050, Sociology 1010, and one 2000-level Anthropology, Sociology, or Sociology/Anthropology course
3 hours credit
DSJS-3110 - IDENTITY AND POPULAR CULTURE This course introduces students to approaches to the study of popular culture and cultural studies, asking what is meant by the term "pop culture" and exploring it as a site of struggle and negotiation for a variety of identity groups. It explores both how social identities (gender, race, sexuality, and class) are constructed and represented in popular cultural objects and practices, and examines how those can make a difference to how people then interact with and in that pop culture. Course materials are drawn from advertising, popular events and trends, news items, film, TV, fan culture, zines, pornography, and the new communications technologies. Cross-listed as English 3140 and Anthropology 3100. Three hours a week.
3 hours credit
ENG-3140 - IDENTITY AND POPULAR CULTURE This course introduces students to approaches to the study of popular culture and cultural studies, asking what is meant by the term "pop culture" and exploring it as a site of struggle and negotiation for a variety of identity groups. It explores both how social identities (gender, race, sexuality, and class) are constructed and represented in popular cultural objects and practices, and examines how those can make a difference to how people then interact with and in that pop culture. Course materials are drawn from advertising, popular events and trends, news items, film, TV, fan culture, zines, pornography, and the new communications technologies. Cross-listed as DSJS 3110 and Anthropology 3100 Three hours a week
PREREQUISITE: At least one 1000-level English course and at least one 2000-level English course, or permission of the instructor
3 hours credit
DSJS-3330 - L.M. Montgomery This course investigates L.M. Montgomery's contributions as a writer of women's and children's fiction; as a diarist and poet; and as a regional and international writer. Readings include some of Montgomery's most popular works from the Anne and Emily series as well as her lesser-known works. Cross-listed with English 3330 Three hours a week
3 hours credit

4000 Level

DSJS-4040 - THEORIZING SOCIAL JUSTICE This capstone course provides the opportunity for students to explore theories and practices of "social justice," broadly defined, across a number of contexts. It examines how social movements and identity groups have defined this concept, investigates, through a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches, processes towards this goal in addition to barriers inhibiting its attainment.
PREREQUISITE: A DSJS Special Topics course at the 1000-level and at least two other DSJS courses
3 hours credit
DSJS-4060 - QUEER THEORY This course introduces students to the body of academic thought known as "queer theory" and to the ways it challenges assumptions about sexuality, gender, and other identity categories. It focuses on queer theory's historical foundations, genealogies, and contributions, as well as on contemporary uses of and debates in the field.
PREREQUISITE: A DSJS Special Topics course at the 1000-level and at least one other DSJS course at the 2000-level or above, or permission of the instructor.
3 hours credit
DSJS-4090 - SPECIAL TOPICS Creation of a course code for special topics offered by DSJS at the 4000 level.
3 hours credit
DSJS-4120 - THEORIES OF THE BODY This course introduces students to what is often called "body studies," exploring a range of theoretical and cultural accounts of the body. Through a variety of interdisciplinary readings and materials, it investigates the centrality of definitions of the body to understandings of the self, identity, and embodiment. It also examines how different perceptions of the body have been central to conceptualizations of sex, gender, race, and sexuality, and looks at some of the social and political consequences of these different perceptions. Three hours a week
PREREQUISITE: At least one DSJS course, or permission of the instructor
3 hours credit
DSJS-4610 - Contending Approaches in Comparative Politics This course gives students a theoretical overview of the field of comparative politics, the different treatments of recurring questions in the discipline, and the historical and geographic frameworks within which contemporary polities have developed. The course is retrospective in its critical examination of various models and classification schemes. Cross-listed with Diversity and Social Justice Studies (cf. DSJS 461) PREREQUISITE: At least one course from the Comparative stream or permission of the instructor Note: Some background in the empirical literature of comparative politics is essential. Seminar: Three hours a week
3 hours credit
DSJS-4910 - DIRECTED STUDIES These advanced courses for qualified students (see Academic Regulation 9) provide for supervised independent or group study of specialized topics in DSJS. The topics offered must be approved by the Co-ordinator of DSJS and the Dean of the Faculty. Three hours a week
PREREQUISITE: At least three DSJS courses or approval of the instructor
3 hours credit
DSJS-4920 - DIRECTED STUDIES These advanced courses for qualified students (see Academic Regulation 9) provide for supervised independent or group study of specialized topics in DSJS. The topics offered must be approved by the Co-ordinator of DSJS and the Dean of the Faculty. Three hours a week
PREREQUISITE: At least three DSJS courses or approval of the instructor
3 hours credit
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