Course Descriptions

GRSJ 101

GRSJ 101: Introduction to Social Justice

An overview of intersectional feminist debates and theoretical traditions.

Section 001
Instructor: Dr. Kim Snowden

Section 002
Instructor: Dr. Rosanne Sia

Section 202
Instructor: TBA

Section 227 (CAP)
Instructor: Dr. Alifa Bandali
GRSJ 102

GRSJ 102: Global Issues in Social Justice

Intersectional feminist theory and practice, focusing on contemporary issues in a transnational context.

Section 001
Instructor: Litsa Chatzivasileiou

Section 002
Instructor: Dr. JP catungal
GRSJ 200

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

An interdisciplinary and cross-cultural overview of contemporary environmental issues, as they relate to gender equality and social justice challenges and initiatives that respond to ecological crises

Instructor: Litsa Chatzivasileiou
GRSJ 224A (001)

GRSJ 224A: Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice in Literature

Techniques of literary study, with emphasis on intersectionality and the ways in which gender is represented in literature and contributions of feminism and gender studies to literary studies.

Section 001
Instructor: TBA

Section 002
Instructor: Dr. Minelle Mahtani

GRSJ 224B: Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice in Literature

Techniques of literary study, with emphasis on intersectionality and the ways in which gender is represented in literature and contributions of feminism and gender studies to literary studies.

Section 002
Instructor: Dr. Litsa Chatzivasileiou

Section 101
Instructor: TBA
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 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.

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, and Neil Gaiman.We will also examine some fairy-tale films (including Disney) 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.

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

GRSJ 224C (003) Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice in Literature

Techniques of literary study, with emphasis on intersectionality and the ways in which gender is represented in literature and contributions of feminism and gender studies to literary studies.

Instructor: TBA
GRSJ 226

GRSJ 226 Human Rights and Artistic Expression: Thinking Beyond the Legal

How human rights are expressed in the Arts. Critical engagement with feminist, race and social justice scholarship, and activism.

Instructor: TBA
GRSJ 230

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

The complex relationships between mechanisms of power, gender, and representation in Asia in different spaces examined through an interdisciplinary lens.

Instructor: Dr. Nora Angeles
GRSJ 235

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

Now more than ever in human history we are seeing stronger and growing social and economic inequality, various forms of oppressions, and structural injustice particularly in poor and deeply divided countries and regions in Asia and beyond. Connected to GRSJ 230, which deals with “Representation,” this course focuses on “Structures” to explore and explain from interdisciplinary, intersectional, and spatial perspectives how the representational-ideological connect and intersect with, and are inseparable from material-structural realities. Learners will explore in interconnected modular topics examining the historical and contemporary continuities and changes in Asian capitalism, political economy of development, markets, states, nations, governments, family, institutions, politics, community dynamics, and the natural and built environments. Using interdisciplinary perspectives from humanities, public policy, critical development studies, social sciences and applied fields, we will examine the nexus of social, political and economic structures and intersecting axes of differences and oppressions within contemporary Asia, the complex and diverse regions where diasporic Asian migrants have resettled, and the transnational social spaces beyond Asia’s geographic borders.

Instructor: Dr. Dr. Nora Angeles
GRSJ 300

GRSJ 300: Intersectional Approaches to Thinking Gender

Interdisciplinary exploration of the multiple intersections between gender and (neo)colonialism, racism, poverty, ableism, and heterosexism in a globalized world; historical and cross-cultural aspects, and the social construction of sex and gender, masculinity and femininity.

Instructor: Dr. Alifa Bandali
GRSJ 301

GRSJ 301: Gender, Race & Indigeneity in Canada

Gender and indigeneity in the documented histories and narrated lives of Indigenous people in Canada.

Instructor: Dr. Dory Nason

GRSJ 302

GRSJ 302: Pedagogies of Social Justice

The intersections of gender, education, and work using sociological and economic frameworks.

Instructor: Dr. Litsa Chatzivasileiou
GRSJ 303

GRSJ 303: Gender, Law, and Social Justice

A survey of feminist legal thought and recent developments in feminism and law, with a focus on Canada.

Instructor: Dr. Mark Harris
GRSJ 304

GRSJ 304: Gaming the System: Digital Media, Social Justice, and Video Games

Notions of social progress have been indelibly tied to the growth of new technology and its impact on our daily habits, from how we identify ourselves within a community, to how we interact with the larger social structures of race, gender, class, sexuality, and nation. This course will seek a more critical view of emerging technology by asking more nuanced questions formed from the work of scholars in digital affect theory, cyborg feminism, critical digital humanities, critical race studies, surveillance studies, and queer game studies. This course seeks to confront the multiple discourses of new technology while remaining focused on the imperial and colonial infrastructure that has made information technology possible.

Instructor: Dr. Christopher Patterson
GRSJ 305

GRSJ 305: Social Justice Issues in Community and International Organizing

Critical examination and practical applications of concepts, theories, methods, and strategies of gender-aware organizing at the community and international levels.

Instructor: Dr. Litsa Chatzivasileiou
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

Critical examination of mainstream and alternative media images of gender, race, and sexuality in the context of networked social media, film, music, and television.

Instructor: Dr. Alifa Bandali
GRSJ 308

GRSJ 308: Creativity from the Margins

For many marginalized artists and writers, the act of creative writing can produce anxiety and self-doubt, while places like writing workshops and the processes of editing and publication can feel hostile. In this course we will focus on the creative process by keeping in mind how “creativity” and the industry of literature have been foundational to nationalist, capitalist, and colonial projects, while also exploring forms of creativity that are driven by community activism, as well as anti-racist and queer worldmaking. Students will be given opportunities to write poetry, prose, and nonfiction within a creative community that is attendant to multiple histories, theories, politics, and ways of being.

Instructor: Dr. Christopher Patterson
GRSJ 310

GRSJ 310: Gender, Race, Social Justice and Health

Interdisciplinary introduction to gender and health issues using selected theoretical frameworks.

Instructor: TBA
GRSJ 311

GRSJ 311: African/Black Women in the Americas

An interdisciplinary survey of gender studies and histories of African/Black women in the Americas from the beginning of the slave trade to the present.

GRSJ 315

GRSJ 315: Critical Racial Theories - Transpacific Theories of Race

This course will explore theories of race from the purview of transpacific encounter, focusing on how race has been produced through colonial gazes in Asia, and how race has been manufactured through capitalist commodification of migrant Asian bodies.

Instructor: TBA
GRSJ 316 (101)

GRSJ 316 (101): Queer and Trans of Colour Theorizing

The intellectual and political interventions of queer of colour theorizing in the gender and sexual politics of racial and imperial projects, including its engagements with women of colour feminisms, settler colonial and indigenous studies, and immigration and diaspora studies.

Instructor: Dr. Rosanne Sia
GRSJ 320

GRSJ 320: Anti-racist Feminist Pedagogies

This course begins with the assumption that all Western forms of knowledge production and pedagogy are Eurocentric and rooted in earlier colonial processes of knowledge extraction from Indigenous cultures. Imperial learning has imposed complete disorder on colonized peoples disconnecting them from their histories, their landscapes, their languages, their social relations and their own ways of thinking, feeling and interacting with the world. This systematic fragmentation can still be seen in the disciplinary carve up of the Indigenous world: bones, mummies and skulls to the museums, art work to private collectors, languages to linguistics, customs to anthropologists, beliefs and behaviors to psychologists. Thus we examine the role of museums, art collections, human zoos, science and disciplines such as anthropology and ethnography in the production of colonial knowledge in early modern European history of education till the present moment. We also explore anti-racist, decolonial ways of researching, teaching and learning that are guided by radical Indigenous methodologies and activist, intersectional grass root anti-oppression work.

Instructor: Litsa Chatzivasileiou
GRSJ 325

GRSJ 325: Anti-Colonial and Feminist Qualitative Methods

Data collection techniques, the politics of interpretation, and the formulation of a research proposal using a feminist, anti-racist framework.

Instructor: Dr. Rosanne Sia
GRSJ 326

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

Investigation of historical and contemporary scholarship on the diversity of families, focusing on differences of gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, and social class within and across national borders.

Instructor: Dr. Alifa Bandali
GRSJ 327

GRSJ 327: Feminist Theories of Representation and Difference

Feminist scholarship emphasizing languages and processes of representation and the construction of difference in cultural discourses and institutions.

Instructor: Dr. Tara Mayer
GRSJ 328

GRSJ 328: Theories of Subjectivity

How feminist scholarship has shaped and reinterpreted accounts of the subject, drawing on such traditions as structuralism, poststructuralism, psychoanalysis, postcolonialism, postmodernism, and Queer Theory.

Instructor: Dr. JP catungal
GRSJ 401

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. We will read and analyze a number of novels, short stories, speculative fiction, science fiction, horror, and young adult fiction and watch a number of films and excerpts from television. Scholarly readings and theory includes: feminist theories of monstrosity and abjection, somatechnics, cyborg feminism, afrofuturist feminism, Indigenous futurisms, queer theory, and feminist disability studies.

Texts and film may include: Octavia Butler’s “Bloodchild” andFledgling, Rebecca Roanhorse’s Trail of Lightning, Alien, Mad Max, Ex-Machina, Ginger Snaps.

Instructor: Dr. Kim Snowden
GRSJ 410

GRSJ 410 (201): Religious Feminisms

Examines religious feminisms from three Abrahamic traditions. An in-depth study of challenges various doctrinal discourses and practices pose for feminist projects

Instructor: Dr. Ayesha Chaudhry
GRSJ 415

GRSJ 415 (201): Critical Racial and Anti-Colonial Feminist Approaches

Critical anti-colonial and feminist analyses of colonial and racial subjugation, as well as the many modalities of indigenous and minority resistance.

Instructor: TBA
GRSJ 422

GRSJ 422 (001): Advanced Research Seminar

Critical theories, methodologies, ethics and practices appropriate for advanced feminist research.

Instructor: Dr. Pilar Riano-Alcala
GRSJ 480

GRSJ 480: Decolonizing Praxis: A Practicum in Social Justice

Connects feminist and critical race theory and practice through placement in a community organization. As is the case with all UBC practice-related courses, this course requires a Criminal Record Check.

Open to GRSJ Majors.

This course is graded Pass/Fail

Instructor: Dr. Rosanne Sia