Course Descriptions

    
GRSJ 101

GRSJ 101 (001): Gender, Race, Sex and Power - #revolution: feminism and social justice

This course provides an introduction to intersectional feminist scholarship and an examination of social constructions of gender, race, and sexuality and how they are shaped by particular contexts, times, and places. We will explore the ways that intersecting and hierarchical relations of power, privilege, and marginalization are reproduced and how they shape social arrangements and everyday lives. In this course, students will engage critically with major issues, debates, and politics in feminist scholarship and activism through a social justice lens. Course readings and scholarship include gender studies, indigenous feminisms, trans studies, critical race studies, sexuality studies and queer theory, media and literary studies, and theories of the body. As well, we will read a variety of genres including academic scholarship, fiction, blogs, graphic novels, and essays.

This course will focus on the ways that contemporary feminist debates are reproduced and understood in media, popular culture, and social media. For example, what do feminist hashtag campaigns on Twitter contribute to discussions of social justice? How is feminism represented on sites like Tumblr or Instagram? How might we use social media effectively as a tool for social change? In exploring these various means of expression and activism, we will attempt to answer the question: how can we understand social justice in a social media world?

Instructor: Dr. Kim Snowden
GRSJ 102

GRSJ 102: Feminist and Decolonizing Perspectives from the Local to the Global - Social Differentiation as World Making

In this course, students will be asked to examine the world as we know it using principles drawn from feminist, queer, anti-racist and anti-colonial knowledges. These ways of thinking refuse to take the world for granted, insisting instead that the world is produced and thus can be thought and remade otherwise. These theories offer exciting, if challenging, possibilities for examining social in/justice from the local to the global scale, shining particular light on social differentiations as processes of world making. How gender, race, sexuality, nation, diaspora, religion and class take place in and shape the world will be a key focus of this course, as will the very principles and politics of feminist, queer, anti-racist and anti-colonial knowledges that will guide our analysis.

Through critical engagement with case study examples, key thinkers and popular media, students will examine their situatedness in worlds of social difference. From colonialism, war and humanitarianism to migration, development and tourism, global issues and their local manifestations will be the focus of our analysis. Assignments for this course will include applications of feminist, queer, anti-racist and anti-colonial theories to self-reflections on personal experiences of some of these global issues, along with assessments of their filmic, literary, commercial and media representations. By the end of the course, students will develop some curiosity about the world as it is, ask questions about how it has come to be, imagine better future worlds, and assess political projects that aim to shape the world otherwise.

Instructor: Dr. John Paul (JP) Catungal
GRSJ 200

GRSJ 200: Gender and Environmental Justice: Ecologies of Social Difference

In this course, students will be introduced to feminist, anti-racist, anti-colonial and queer contributions to scholarly, political and popular debates about nature, environment and ecology. Our focus will be on elucidating the diversity of ways that nature-society relations produce and are produced through processes of gendering, racialization, sexualization, political economy, nationalism and imperialism.

A wide array of local and international case studies will be used to examine these ‘ecologies of social difference’. We will draw on academic, literary, televisual, media and pop culture texts in this course. We will examine some of the following issues:

- The mobilization of wilderness in territorial and cultural constructions of nation, as exemplified in the idea, often attributed to the writer Pierre Berton, that “a Canadian is someone who knows how to make love in a canoe without tipping it”

- The environmental health effects of siting locally unwanted land uses in poor racialized neighbourhoods, as exemplified in the location of a garbage dump in Halifax’s Africville, a historically Black neighbourhood

- The proliferation of so-called environmentally conscious forms of corporate social responsibility and capitalist consumption – what some activists call “greenwashing” – as exemplified in the emergence of markets for carbon trading

- The linking of discourses of ‘un/natural’ and ‘ab/normal’ in the production of social difference, as exemplified in the popularity of “born this way” discourses in contemporary queer politics and in late 19th century racial scientific discourses that tie peoples’ intellects to physical geography.

Instructor: TBA
GRSJ 224A (002)

GRSJ 224A (002): Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice in Literature - Feminist Futures: Science Fiction & Fantasy

In the introduction to Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, Walidah Imarisha says that “whenever we try to envision a world without war, without violence, without prisons, without capitalism, we are engaging in speculative fiction. All organizing is science fiction. Organizers and activists dedicate their lives to creating and envisioning another world, or many other worlds.” Likewise, writers of science fiction and fantasy create other worlds; worlds that imagine a future of global transformation, a future free from oppression and marginalization. Like social justice movements, science fiction and fantasy offer us the possibility for change and the promise of revolution.

This course will explore the connections between science fiction, fantasy, young adult literature and feminist, social justice activism. How can social justice movements benefit from reading science fiction and fantasy from an intersectional feminist perspective? In answering this question, we will look at the characteristics of science fiction and fantasy and define the genres in relation to intersectional feminism. We will then explore the popularity of science fiction and fantasy in film and television by exploring series and films such as Bladerunner, Westworld, The 100, Sense8, Orphan Black, and Game of Thrones.

Texts and authors also include: Ursula K. Le Guin, Hiromi Goto, Octavia Butler, Vandana Singh, Eden Robinson, Larissa Lai, Wayde Compton, Nalo Hopkinson, Marie Lu, Malinda Lo, Kazuo Ishiguro, NK Jemisin, Nnedi Okorafor, selections from Octavia’s Brood and the recent graphic novel version of Octavia Butler’s Kindred.

Instructor: Dr. Kim Snowden
GRSJ 224B (002)

GRSJ 224B (002): Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice in Literature - Young Adult Fiction and Social Justice: Stories for Changing the World

The genre of young adult fiction has grown in popularity in recent years and has become perhaps one of the most diverse and important genres of literature to focus on social justice issues. Along with successful television adaptations and film franchises, the appeal and significance of young adult fiction can’t be ignored.

This course will explore the common social justice themes in young adult fiction with a focus on contemporary literature and their adaptations. These themes include: gender identity and expression, friendship, coming of age, race and racism, technology, immigration, environmental justice, transphobia, xenophobia, reproductive justice, and dystopias.

In her work on female rebellion in dystopian fiction, Sarah Day suggests that young adult literature represent the liminal spaces of growing up, where coming of age means moving from childhood to adulthood but also brings about possibilities for other changes and explorations: the possibility to change yourself and the possibility to change the world.

We will explore how these liminal spaces in young adult fiction relate to contemporary feminist and social justice issues and how this genre provides hope and inspiration for a new generation of social justice activists.

Authors may include: Robin McKinley, Suzanne Collins, JK Rowling, Nnedi Okorafor Daniel José Older, Angie Thomas, Louise O’Neill, Sherman Alexie, Catherine Knutson, Jandy Nelson, Nicola Yoon, Meredith Russo, Cindy Pon.

Along with reading fiction we will also look at a variety of film and television adaptations and other media such as podcasts.

Instructor: Dr. Kim Snowden
GRSJ 224C (001)

GRSJ 224C (001) Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice in Literature - Feminist Re/visions: Folk & Fairy Tales

In this year-long course we will examine the history of the fairy tale across cultures, read some traditional tales, and consider the representation of gender, sexuality, and race in contemporary fairy tales from an intersectional feminist perspective and with a focus on decolonizing knowledge about storytelling and fairy-tale scholarship. Together we will address the variety and complexities of themes, narratives and cultural issues that are constructed and represented in the genre of fairy tales and explore how fairy tales can effectively be used in a feminist, social justice classroom.

Readings will include a selection of essays and articles from feminist and fairy-tale scholarship, a variety of traditional fairy tales, and fairy-tale retellings from contemporary authors such as Angela Carter, Nalo Hopkinson, Emma Donoghue, Helen Oyeyemi, Francesca Lia Block, Kim Addonizio, Julia Alvarez, Midori Snyder and Malinda Lo. We will also examine some fairy-tale films (including Disney) and fairy-tale television in relation to their literary counterparts.

As well, we will explore the use of fairy motifs in popular culture, film, and television taking vampires as a case study and using examples from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, and various reworkings of Dracula.

Course assignments include blog posts, academic speed dating, a research proposal and paper, and the option for creative projects.

Instructor: Dr. Kim Snowden
GRSJ 224C (002)

GRSJ 224C (002) Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice in Literature - Love, Violence, and Body: Narrative Constructions

Critically engaging with novels and films from the last twenty-five years that examine love, sex and violence and transgression. Our texts will focus on gender and sexuality, and race, social justice and their representations. We will delve into love and hate and the redemptive role of art. Love has the power to make us feel extraordinarily happy and utterly devastated. Why? What is love, and why does it have this power over us?

We will examine affective questions about sensation, fear, disgust, and shock; and problems of torture, pain, and the unrepresentable. We will ask whether these texts help us understand violence, or whether they frame violence as something that resists comprehension; we will consider whether form mitigates or colludes with violence.

Instructor: Dr. Janice Stewart
GRSJ 230

GRSJ 230: Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Representation in Modern Asia

This course explores the complex relationships between gender, race, sexuality and representations of “Asianness” through an interdisciplinary lens.

We begin two with deceptively simple questions: who is this course “for” and who is this course “about”? In order to answer this question about positionality, we will draw from guest speakers who are differently positioned relative to categories of gender, race, and sexuality in order to produce working definitions of what counts as “Asianness,” including the category of “Asian Canadian.” We will consume representations from literature, visual art, video, and music on the internet and contribute to these representations by creating blogs that allow us to explore “Asianness” in relation to “public” readerships.

What do we “know” about gender, race, sexuality and representations of Asianness today? The final portfolio will consist of a blog engaging with an audience in a “niche” relevant to this course.

Instructor: TBA
GRSJ 235

GRSJ 235 - Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Structures in Modern Asia

This course examines intersections of gender, sexuality, and social structures in modern Asia through a transnational lens. We will consider how globalization and migration have influenced gender roles in the region, and how different state policies and projects have addressed these shifts. We will also engage with how different transnational affiliations have produced artistic and activist projects that address these issues. Throughout this course, we’ll consider the distinctions and similarities between how these histories are narrated through different forms: through novels, films, historical texts, and other multimedia projects. We will also return to the question of how these themes connect to issues of race, gender, and “Asias” in settler-colonial Canada.

This seminar reflects the history of gender studies of (and in) this region as a diverse and interdisciplinary endeavor, and will draw from history, literature and literary criticism, sociology, film and media studies, and social media.

Instructor: TBA
GRSJ 300

GRSJ 300: Intersectionality

This course examines intersectional approaches to gender, race, class, sexuality and related social relations. Studying how intersectionality was first developed within Black feminist theory, we will examine how Indigenous women and women of colour have engaged this framework in their knowledge production and social justice activism.

Instructor: Dr. Sunera Thobani
GRSJ 301

GRSJ 301: Gender & Indigeneity in Canada

In this course, we will engage the history, politics, and literature of Indigenous Feminisms, Queer Studies, Two-Spirit Studies, and Masculinities in Canada and throughout Indigenous North America through scholarly texts, film, personal narratives, and fiction.

Instructor: TBA

GRSJ 303

GRSJ 303: Gender, Law, and Social Justice

Instructor: Dr. Mark Harris
GRSJ 305

GRSJ 305: Issues in Community and International Organizing

This course examines the significance, dynamics and strategies of critical participation and awareness in community and international organizing efforts. Using a critical feminist intersectional framework, this course introduces analytical perspectives, practical principles and examples in feminist organizing at the macro (international/national/regional) and micro (institutions/project/local/community) levels. This course is particularly useful in expanding the understanding of transgressing organizing spaces of social change while exploring the dilemmas and negotiations of feminist organizing efforts at the community and international levels. This term's theme will draw on the works of critical development scholars and investigate the West's "desire for development" while interrogating "helping narratives".

This course is also an attempt to address the gap in theories of social change by specifically focusing on critical race and critical whiteness studies' scholars regarding theoretical themes and tactics of protest, resistance, refusal, struggle, reform, and coalition-building. The course engages with both an interdisciplinary and an intersectional framework by using multiple medium of teaching while combining reading, archival, and audio-visual materials.

Instructor: Dr. Mark Harris
GRSJ 306

GRSJ 306: Globalization and Social Justice: Gender, Race, and Sexuality in International Politics

What were the factors that sparked the Occupy Wall Street and Idle No More movements? How have communities and organisations mobilized to protest against discrimination based upon gender, sexuality, race or cultural identity?

This course will examine how the concepts of law and social justice are deployed within the framework of globalization and whether they are effective vehicles to achieve change or, as Douzinas suggests, they have been co-opted as ‘tools of public power and individual desire’ that actually work against marginalized and oppressed communities. Focusing upon the role of social movements we will consider what mechanisms and strategies are deployed to challenge structural and hegemonic oppression from a range of perspectives.

Instructor: Dr. Mark Harris
GRSJ 307

GRSJ 307: Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Popular Culture - The Schooled Subject

To what extent do the media lead or follow trends in popular culture? The emphasis in the course is on examining cultural artifacts as artistic objects seen in the light of various socio-political contexts. Cultural analysis will be studied to connect what’s ‘popular’ to what’s going on in our society. By taking a closer look at the movies and television shows you are watching, the clothes you are wearing, and the music you listen to, students will endeavour to understand the role of popular culture in maintaining and reproducing the kind of society we live in. We will explore the ways in which each of us is both a user of and is used by popular culture. Popular culture is all around us, influencing how we think, how we feel, how we relate, how we live our lives in countless ways. This course will use your own expertise as consumers of popular culture as a take-off point for exploring the various roles played by mass-mediated popular culture in our lives. We will look primarily at television, film, advertising, and popular music, with occasional forays into other types of pop culture. We will analyze how such critical factors as ethnicity, race, gender, class, age, and sexuality are shaped by and reshaped in popular culture.

Instructor: Dr. Janice Stewart
GRSJ 310

GRSJ 310: Restraint, Regulation, Representation, Resistance: Issues in Gender, Race and Health

GRSJ 310 takes a social justice approach to issues in gender, race and health. It examines the contributions of social justice theories, as sites of academic and activist inquiry, to health research, and focuses on topics such as biopower and reproduction, midwifery and institutionalized medicine, violence and health inequalities, the medicalization the body, racism and access to health services, sexuality and power, and representational politics.

In the first seven weeks, we will examine “the body” as a topic of inquiry and study, focusing on the role of Western science and medicine in regulating bodies, discussing the rise of biopolitics and biopower, and examining the social determinants of health. These topics will introduce you to the course’s two major intertwined questions of inquiry: first, what is health, and how is it related to power and regulation? And second, how do gender and other intersecting social processes/social locations including sexuality, poverty, racialization, colonialism and geographic location influence health? From there, we will turn to two specific “case studies” to further and more deeply examine theoretical approaches to health inequities: 1) reproductive health and politics 2) cancer activism and politics.

Instructor: TBA
GRSJ 311

GRSJ 311: African/Black Women in the Americas

"…black matters are spatial matters. The displacement of difference, geographic domination, transatlantic slavery, and the black Atlantic Ocean differently contribute to mapping out the real and imaginative geographies of black women; they are understood here as social processes that make geography a racial-sexual terrain" (Katherine McKittrick, 2006, Demonic grounds, p. xiv).

This course is an interdisciplinary survey of African/Black women in the Americas; it begins from the historic triangular trade which dispersed large numbers of African women in captivity and continues to the present. The term African/Black is used to denote both the continent of original identities and the racialized transformation of identities under slavery.

This course examine how this history has led to the presence of African/Black women across the Atlantic - in Canada, Britain, the Caribbean, the U.S. and Africa. Drawing from critical race and feminist scholarship, cultural studies and sociology, the materials consider how history, economic conditions, geography, class, and culture shape African/Black women’s lives within and across historical and national boundaries/borders. Some of the themes/issues examined include: enslavement and colonialism, black female embodiment, black sexual politics, sites of memory, the legacies of the past in the present, representation, and sport.

This course encourages students to explore the complexity, diversity and politics of African/Black women's lives so that we might develop a more dynamic and complicated understanding of these women and their struggles for autonomy and dignity and their roles as both producers of knowledge and agents of resistance and transformation.

Instructor: Dr. Delia Douglas
GRSJ 320

GRSJ 320: Anti-racist Feminist Pedagogies

Feminist pedagogies and feminist debates about pedagogy in formal, nonformal, and informal educational settings.

Instructor: TBA
GRSJ 325

GRSJ 325: Anti-Colonial and Feminist Qualitative Methods

This 3-credit third-year course introduces students to feminist anti-racist and decolonial critiques of qualitative research practice. We are concerned with the politics of knowledge production on the ancestral, unceded, and occupied territory of the Musqueam nation. We will examine the biases and assumptions that have informed the ‘natural’ and ‘social’ scientific study of ‘race’, space, ethnicity, gender, dis/ability, class, and sexuality. ‘Common sense’ scientific truths about ‘normal’ and ‘natural’ bodies are scrutinized and unpacked. We examine feminist anti-colonial, and queer deconstruction of binaries: nature/culture, cis/trans, man/woman, wealthy/low income, production/reproduction, public/private, state/civil society, dis/abled, white/non-white, healthy/‘feeble-minded’, heterosexual/homosexual, etc.

In terms of skills training, we will learn how to conduct historical/archival research, discourse analysis, focus groups, interviewing, Institutional Ethnography, and Participant Action Research (PAR). Ethical dilemmas of power differentials, ‘objectivity’, voice, appropriation, and collaboration feature centrally, as does the challenge of creating knowledge for social justice and social change. Rather than solely consuming knowledge, students are encouraged to develop the consciousness and skills of a knowledge producer. Assignments include weekly participation in group work and in-class discussion, one collaborative seminar presentation, mid-term exam, 2-page research outline, and an original research proposal (incorporating intervewing as one method).

Instructor: Dr. Becki Ross
GRSJ 326

GRSJ 326: The Politics of Gender, Families, and Nation-Making

Our three-credit course interrogates two major social institutions: the ‘family’ and the ‘state’. Here, our focus is twentieth and twenty-first century Canada and the United States, with some integration of cross-cultural studies. We examine feminist anti-racist research on families under settler colonialism, neo-liberal state formation, hetero-gendered and racial nationalisms, and late capitalist consumerism. Rather than a private, personal realm, family has been, and continues to be penetrated by state and extra-state discourses and practices of ruling and social organization. For instance, legacies of colonization, racist, sexist, and heterosexist state policies of inclusion & exclusion haunt and shape quests for belonging, ‘home’, intimacy, and citizenship rights, both formal and substantive.

Interdisciplinay course readings are drawn from sociology, anthropology, Indigenous studies, geography, gender and sexuality studies, history, law, and social work. We probe the privileging of what sociologist Dorothy E. Smith terms the post WW II ‘Standard North American Family’ (SNAF): the white middle class, monogamous, cis-gendered, consumption-oriented, hetero-nuclear family with children. At the same time, we examine the diversity of Indigenous, single parent-led, non-Anglo/immigrant, queer, trans, and transnational families. We interrogate institutions and (often contradictory) discourses of intimacy, marriage, mothering, fathering, parenting, childcare, unpaid and paid household labour, and migrant domestic work globally. Assignments include a mid-term exam, short outline, auto-ethnography research paper, small-group seminar presentation, and in-class discussion. We acknowledge that our course meets on the ancestral, unceded, and occupied territory of the Musqueam Nation.

Instructor: Dr. Becki Ross
GRSJ 327

GRSJ 327: Feminist Theories of Representation and Difference - The Difference that Feminisms Make

In a 1982 speech at Harvard University, the preeminent Black feminist scholar Audre Lorde powerfully noted that “[t]here is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives”. This course will examine the very question of difference as a productive, if painful, point of contention in spaces of feminist theorizing and organizing. Our focus will be on the expansive feminist politics of Black, Indigenous, Latinx and Asian scholars and activists, and their contributions to our understandings of the production and politics of racial, gender and sexual difference as well as the institutions, ideologies and practices that sustain them.

Taking a broad historical approach, we will revisit earlier interventions by Black, Indigenous, Latinx and Asian feminist thinkers, paying particular attention to the challenges they posed to the epistemological, methodological and political projects of mainstream feminism. We will re-examine feminist debates about history, voice, positionality, representation, knowledge, visibility, emotion, desire and agency, along with feminist engagements with imperial, national and capitalist projects of citizenship, rescue and violence. In revisiting these earlier conversations, this course also aims to mine them for the lessons they offer towards a critical appraisal of the current state of feminist thought and organizing. They also thus open up an opportunity to examine what is at stake in a contemporary moment when (certain forms of) feminist politics continue to become part of the language of the state, the academy and the market.

Instructor: Dr. John Paul (JP) Catungal
GRSJ 328

GRSJ 328: Feminist Theories of Subjectivity - Disturbing Subjectivities

Rene Descartes’ cogito ergo sum (“I think, therefore I am”) elevates the primacy of the thinking individual, whose knowledge is self-evident, as the model of the Western liberal subject. This course queers the Cartesian subject, historically read as white and male, by insisting that his individualism masks his embeddedness in socio-historical relations and by asking questions about the kinds of knowledge that are privileged as his defining feature.

This course asks what can be gained by reading the production of the Cartesian subject alongside and through historical and contemporary practices of imperialism, patriarchy, capitalism, racism, colonialism, cis-heteronormativity and ableism. ‘Disturbing subjectivities’ is thus the focus of the course: disturbing in both its adjectival and verb forms. Five substantive modules, each focused on a ‘disturbing subject’ vis-à-vis the Cartesian ideal, serve to structure the course. They include: the settler, the child, the trans* person, the criminal and the more-than-human. A consideration of each of these subjects – and how they relate to each other – will offer the opportunity to examine the place of normalization, abjection, power, violence and the state in the production of subjects.

Along with engaging with scholarly texts, lectures and news articles on these subjects, students will also produce writings that reflect on the production of their own subjectivities through their own relations to and encounters with these ‘disturbing subjects’. This course is also, thus, an opportunity for students to consider how they come to know themselves as subjects through their embeddedness in uneven social, political and historical worlds.

Instructor: Dr. John Paul (JP) Catungal
GRSJ 401 (202)

GRSJ 401 (202): Gender, Body, and Society - Monstrous bodies/Monstrous texts

This course will address the ways that the body is rendered monstrous through discourses of misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, and racism with a focus on representations of monstrous bodies in literature, film, and popular culture. The readings are loosely themed around concepts of reproduction in three ways: 1) an examination of the ways in which reproduction and reproductive politics are represented in fiction and film; 2) an exploration of monstrous bodies in textual reproductions; 3) a critical analysis of the posthuman monster and its reproduction through technology, media, and popular culture. We will read and analyze a number of novels, short stories, speculative fiction, science fiction, horror, and young adult fiction, watch a number of films and excerpts from television, and read a variety of feminist scholarship.

Monsters include: aliens, vampires, zombies, werewolves, clones, and cyborgs.

Texts include: Octavia Butler’s Fledgling, Marjorie Liu’s Monstress and Neal Schusterman’s Unwind and short stories by Nalo Hopkinson, Octavia Butler, and Hiromi Goto.

Films and television include: Alien, Mad Max: Fury Road, Ex-Machina, Ginger Snaps, The Walking Dead, Jessica Jones, Humans (BBC), Orphan Black.

Scholarship includes: feminist theories of monstrosity and abjection, cyborg feminism, afrofuturist feminism, feminist diaspora studies, bare life and states of exception, and queer and feminist disability studies.

Instructor: Dr. Kim Snowden
GRSJ 425A (001)

GRSJ 425A (001): Queer of Colour Theorizing

This course critically engages queer of colour theorizing as a mode of scholarly inquiry and a political project. At base, queer of colour theorizing examines the mutual constitution of racial and imperial projects and the normalizing practices of gender and sexual differentiation. It was developed in response to the intellectual and political isolation of issues of race and empire from issues of gender and sexuality in the academy and in social movements. Forcefully interdisciplinary, queer of colour theorizing is located at the nexus of queer studies, critical race and ethnic studies, trans studies, postcolonial studies and intersectional feminisms.

This course has three main tasks. First, we will engage in a genealogical analysis of the scholarly and political foundations of queer of colour theorizing. We will unpack its foundational critiques of white normativity in queer studies and activism and of cisheteronormativity in critical race studies and in communities of colour, as well map out its the genealogical linkages to women of colour feminisms. Second, we will engage queer of colour theorizing’s complicated relationship to settler colonialism and to settler colonial studies. We will pay particular attention to the ways that indigenous scholars, including Two-Spirit thinkers, have named and exceeded the limits of this body of knowledge. Third, we will bring queer of colour theorizing into conversation with critical studies of nation, citizenship and diaspora by examining to what extend the former has engaged questions of mobilities, borders, nationalisms, migrations and transnationalisms in its examination of the nexus of racial, sexual and gender politics. Taken together, an examination of these issues will enable students to apply queer of colour insights to understanding local sexual and racial politics as well as to specific media and literary representations of their choosing.

Instructor: Dr. John Paul (JP) Catungal
GRSJ 480

GRSJ 480: Thinking / Doing Social Justice: A Practicum

This course offers a unique experiential learning opportunity to actively engage the connections between anti-colonial and social justice theorizing and activism. Students will draw on the theoretical knowledge they have acquired at UBC to volunteer with a range of diverse community organizations working for socio-political, economic and anti-racist transformation.

Instructor: Dr. Kim Snowden