The Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (GRSJ) explores themes of diversity, equality, gender, race, sexuality, and community in a critical, intersectional feminist, and anti-colonial context. GRSJ offers an interdisciplinary program which incorporates research and theories from the social sciences, humanities, science, education, and law to provide students with an understanding of global and local social justice issues from a variety of perspectives. Areas of study include: critical race theory, indigenous studies, family, migration, sexuality, social policy, and community action. Within the GRSJ Institute, the affiliated Critical Studies in Sexuality (CSIS) program explores issues to do with gender and sexual diversities.
Community Based Research and Learning
Work and learn in community settings like non-profits and inner city schools. Take a course with a community-based experiential learning component and develop an understanding of community contexts and the systemic factors underlying community needs. Whether it is a course or signing up for Trek & Reading Week placements, International Service Learning,or a grant project in community, you’ll build skills in real-world settings and make invaluable connections with people in community.
Student Directed Seminars
Senior undergraduate students can either participate in, or initiate and coordinate small, collaborative, group learning experiences. Previous seminars have included GRSJ 425C, “Development of the Modern State and Sexuality” and GRSJ 425, “Lifting the Veil: Representations of Middle-Eastern Women.”
Degree Learning Outcomes
Through an examination of culture, politics, and public policy (locally, nationally and transnationally), students of the Institute for Social Justice gain the critical thinking, communication, problem solving, research, teamwork, leadership, and advocacy skills which will allow them to understand and engage with the ways systems of power and oppression shape how humans interact with each other and with broader society.
Alumni in GRSJ and CSIS have gone on to employment around the world. Their understanding of marginalization issues are assets in a broad range of fields, among them education and human resources. They report that GRSJ’s new perspectives on gender and sexuality also continue to benefit their work in other spheres from law to urban planning. Other career examples of alumni employment include advocacy work in government, the nonprofit sector, the health field and international development.
Social Policy Researcher conducts research, develops policy, and implements or administers programs in areas such as consumer affairs, employment, immigration, human rights, housing, labour, family services, foreign aid, and international development.
Lobbyists use excellent communication skills and experience in research and debate to influence government policy and legislation on behalf of clients or organizations.
Other Potential Careers
Community Development Coordinator
Gender Equity Advisor
Public Information Officer
Public Relations Officer
Community Relations Specialist
Social Compliance Advisor
Corporate Communications Coordinator
Human Resources Diversity Specialist
Crisis Worker/Intake/Referral Worker
Children’s Rights Advocate
Substance Abuse Counsellor
Consumer Affairs Advocate
Executive Director of a Non-Profit
Foreign Service Officer
Public Relations Specialist
Academic Next Steps
This interdisciplinary degree prepares students for further study in GRSJ and a variety of fields including:
International and Public Affairs
Population and Public Health