Equity Studies Programs

Equity Studies Courses

2018-2019 Equity Studies Course Timetable (updated August 31, 2018)

2018-2019 Equity Studies Special Topics Courses

Instructions for Enrolling in 400-level Equity Studies Core Courses

Program Requirements

Equity Studies Major

Consult Program Co-ordinator, Dr. J. Larkin, 416-978-8282 or email june.larkin@utoronto.ca. For general inquiries call 416-978-5404 or email nc.undergradadmin@utoronto.ca.

(7 full courses or their equivalent, including two FCEs at the 300+level)

First Year:
No specific first-year courses required.
Higher Years
1. NEW240Y1
2. NEW341H1
3. JQR360H1
4. 1.5 additional full course equivalents from the core group, including at least 0.5 at the 400-level
5. 3.5 FCEs from Groups A, B, C, D (including one or more FCEs from at least three of the four groups)

Equity Studies Minor

Consult Program Co-ordinator, Dr. J. Larkin, 416-978-8282 or email june.larkin@utoronto.ca. For general inquiries, call 416-978-5404 or email nc.undergradadmin@utoronto.ca.

(4 full courses or their equivalent, including at least one FCE at the 300+ level)

First Year:
No specific first-year courses required.
Higher Years:
1. NEW240Y1
2. One FCE in any area from the core group
3. One additional FCE in any area from the core group or one FCE from Groups A, B, C, D.
4. An additional FCE from Groups A, B, C, D.

Although students may select from any of the core courses to fulfill the additional core group requirement, those who wish to focus on a specific area of emphasis can choose from the following series of course offerings:

Core Group:
Disability Studies: JNS450H1, NEW241Y1, NEW270H1, NEW344H1, NEW349H1, NEW448H1, NEW449H1;
Global Food Equity: NEW270H1, NEW315H1, NEW342H1, NEW442H1;
Social Advocacy: NEW270H1, NEW345H1, NEW346H1, NEW347H1, NEW444H1, NEW445H1, NEW446H1, NEW447H1
Special Topics: NEW340H1, NEW348H1, NEW440Y1, NEW441H1, NEW443H1, NEW469Y1

NOTE: If taken during the 2015-2016 academic year, SDS455H1 may be used to fulfill the core group requirement, including the requirement for 0.5 FCE at the 400+ level.  If taken during the 2015-2016, 2016-2017 or 2017-2018 academic years, NEW471H1 may also be used to fulfill the core group requirement, including the 0.5 FCE at the 400+ level.  Contact nc.undergradadmin@utoronto.ca to have your program adjusted on Degree Explorer if you choose to exercise this option.

Group A: Gender

ANT343H1, ANT460H1, CAS360H1, CLA219H1, CLA319H1, EAS388H1, ENG307H1, ENG355H1, FRE304H1, GGR320H1, GGR327H1, HIS202H1, HIS205H1, HIS297Y1, HIS348H1, HIS354H1, HIS363H1, HIS383Y1, HIS406H1, HIS417H1, HIS446H1, HIS448H1, HIS465Y1, HIS481H1, HIS486H1, ITA455H1, JAL355H1, NEW317H1, NEW325H1, NMC245H1, NMC284H1, NMC484H1, PHL367H1, POL303H1, POL351H1, POL432H1, POL450H1, PSY323H1, RLG235H1, RLG311H1, RLG312H1, RLG313H1, SLA248H1, SMC322H1, SOC265H1, SOC314H1, SOC365H1, SOC366H1, SOC383H1, SOC465H1, SPA382H1, VIC341H1, VIC342H1, VIC343Y1, WGS160Y1, WGS260H1, WGS271Y1, WGS273H1, WGS367H1, WGS372H1, WGS373H1

Group B: Race, Creed, Ethnicity

ANT204H1, ANT351H1, ANT458H1, CAS310H1, CDN230H1, CDN280H1, CDN307H1, CDN335H1, EAS497H1, ENG270Y1, ENG355H1, ENG359H1, ENG366H1, ENG367H1,  ENG368H1, ENG369H1, ENG370H1, ENG375H1, FIN320H1, FRE336H1, HIS107Y1, HIS208Y1, HIS221H1, HIS222H1, HIS230H1, HIS231H1, HIS245H1, HIS282Y1, HIS284Y1, HIS297Y1, HIS303H1, HIS305H1, HIS312H1, HIS338H1, HIS359H1, HIS360H1, HIS361H1, HIS391Y1, HIS392Y1, HIS402H1, HIS412Y1, HIS413H1, HIS416H1, HIS467H1, HIS470H1, HIS474H1, JHN323H1, JLN327H1, INS261H1, LAS301H1, LAS302H1, LAS401H1, NEW150Y1, NEW225H1, NEW226H1, NEW250Y1, NEW322H1, NEW324H1, NEW328H1, NEW351Y1, NEW352H1, NEW429H1, NEW453Y1, NMC484H1, POL301Y1, POL308H1, POL321H1, POL424H1, POL467H1, RLG220H1, RLG243H1, RLG250H1, RLG313H1,   RLG315H1, RLG344H1, RLG352H1, SLA222H1, SOC210H1, SPA486H1

Group C: Sexual Diversities

ANT441H1, ANT456H1, ENG273Y1, ENG384Y1, JPS315H1, JSU325H1, PHL243H1,  SDS255H1, SDS256H1, SDS345H1, SDS346H1, SDS354H1, SDS355H1, SDS365H1, SDS375H1, SDS377H1, SDS378H1, SDS379H1, SDS380H1, SDS381H1, SDS382H1,  SDS390H1, SDS455H1, SDS470H1, SDS475H1, SDS477H1, UNI104Y1, WGS374H1,  WGS376H1

Group D: General Equity

ANT204H1, ANT324H1, ANT327H1, ANT329H1, ANT346H1, ANT348H1, ANT358H1, ANT364H1, ANT366H1, ANT388H1, ANT420H1, ANT426H1, ANT427H1, ANT452H1, ANT472H1, ANT474H1, ARC233H1, CAS350H1, CAS420H1, CDN267H1, CDN367H1, CRI487H1, DTS200Y1, DTS401H1, DTS402H1, EAS315H1, EAS439H1, ENG254Y1, ENV430H1, GGR107H1, GGR112H1, GGR216H1, GGR240H1, GGR241H1, GGR321H1, GGR328H1, GGR329H1, GGR338H1, GGR339H1, GGR357H1, GGR363H1, GGR418H1, GGR419H1, GGR420H1, GGR434H1, GGR452H1, GGR457H1, HAJ453H1, HIS106Y1, HIS313H1, HIS318H1, HIS323H1, HIS366H1, HIS369H1, HIS375H1, HIS424H1, HIS459H1, HIS472H1, HIS480H1, HIS489H1, HMB203H1, HMB303H1, HMB443H1, HPS324H1, HST330H1, HST411H1, INS200H1, INS201Y1, INS240Y1, INS250H1, INS261H1, INS300Y1, INS301Y1, INS302H1, INS322H1, INS340Y1, INS341H1, INS350H1, INS351Y1, INS353H1, INS354H1, INS360Y1, INS402H1, INS403H1, INS405H1, JFP450H1, JGI216H1, JNH350H1, JSU237H1, JUG325H1, NEW214H1, NEW214Y1, PHL273H1, PHL281H1, PHL380H1, PHL383H1, PHL384H1, POL201Y1, POL344H1, POL412H1, POL421H1, POL439H1, POL480H1, RLG317H1, SAS318H1, SOC207H1, SOC220H1, SOC282H1, SOC309H1, SOC355H1, SOC363H1, SOC364H1, SOC367H1, SOC479H1, UNI101Y1, VIC260H1

Note: students are responsible for checking the co- and prerequisites for all courses in Groups A,B,C, and D

Equity Studies Course Descriptions

For the 2018-2019 academic year, the program is offering the following courses:

  • NEW240Y1Y – Introduction to Equity Studies
  • NEW241Y1Y – Introduction to Disability Studies
  • NEW270H1F – Foundations for Community Development
  • NEW315H1S – Caribbean Foodways Across History, Culture and Diaspora
  • NEW340H1F – Special Topics in Equity Studies:  Youth, Activism and Social Change
  • NEW341H1S – Theorizing Equity
  • NEW342H1F – Theory and Praxis in Food Security
  • NEW345H1F – Equity and Activism in Education
  • NEW346H1S – Community Development in Local and Global Contexts
  • NEW347H1F – Critical Racism and Anti-Racism Studies
  • NEW348H1F – Special Topics in Equity Studies: Mad Studies: Theories and Politics
  • NEW349H1F – Disability and Representation
  • JQR360H1S – The Canadian Census : Populations, Migrations and Demographics
  • NEW441H1S – Advanced Topics in Equity Studies: Art, Cultural Production & Resistance
  • NEW442H1S – Food Systems and the Politics of Resistance – download the NEW442H1S ballot form here!
  • NEW443H1F – Advanced Special Topics in Equity Studies:  Anti-Colonial Thought and Pedagogical Challenges – download the NEW443H1F ballot form here!
  • NEW443H1S – Advanced Special Topics in Equity Studies:  Youth, Community & Revolution in Transnational Contexts
  • NEW444H1S – Social Change and Non-Violence
  • NEW446H1F – Community Development and Social Change – download the NEW446H1F ballot form here!
  • NEW448H1S – Advanced Topics in Disability Studies: Disability and the Child
  • NEW449H1S – Contemporary Theories in Disability Studies
  • JNS450H1F – Sexuality and Disability
  • NEW469Y1Y – Major Research Project in Equity Studies – download the NEW469Y1Y ballot form here!

Instructions for Enrolling in 400-level Core Courses

400-level Equity Studies courses are generally small with high enrolment pressure.  As all Equity Studies Majors are required to complete a 400-level half course, we have changed the enrolment process to ensure that all students in this POSt have access to at least one 400-level Equity Studies half course.   Instructions for enrolling in a 400-level Equity Studies core course can be found here.

Course Timetable

Click here to download the 2018-2019 Equity Studies timetable! (Updated August 31, 2018)

2018-2019 Special Topics Courses

NEW340H1F – Special Topics in Equity Studies:  Youth, Activism and Social Change

“Youth” is a socio-historical construction like other categories of differentiation such as race, class, gender and sexuality that are implicated in contestations over power, identity, knowledge, belonging and exclusion.  This class will examine the limits and usefulness of the category “youth” in relation to social movements.  Specifically, this course will focus on how youth across the world envision and engage in analytic politics that defines, redefines, imagines and dreams freedom and community – as praxis – without exploitation, oppression and war.  The course will examine how youth understand theories of resistance in struggle and the ways this has shaped their formations (e.g., oppositional, rebellious and revolutionary).  The course also questions the role and inclusion of youth, specifically women and girls, in the visions of political movements across geographies and investigates how the make-up of movement infrastructures shapes the direction of youth activism for social change.

NEW348H1F – Special Topics in Equity Studies: Mad Studies: Theories and Politics

Introduces students to the theory and politics of Mad Studies.  Key ideas to be addressed over the term include:  the history of mad politics in Canada; critiques of psychiatric theory and practice; intersectional analyses of mental health and illness; cultural and artistic modes of representation and resistance and Mad Pride.

NEW441H1F – Advanced Topics in Equity Studies: Art, Cultural Production & Resistance

From global Indigenous struggles, the Black power, anti-globalization, anti-prison and feminist movements, to liberation struggles and uprisings (intifadas) in the Middle East, social movements have shaped history.  This course examines the historical, political, economic and social conditions that produced various resistance movements across the world with a particular focus on youth, through an anti-colonial, anti-capitalist, anti-racist, anti-imperialist, feminist lens.  The course will examine the centrality of cultural production within various resistance/liberation movements, and the ways in which radical arts traditions of music, poetry, film and theatre have been used to raise critical consciousness, politically mobilize people, and archive historical memory of place and space.  The course will consider the mutual impact that arts and social movements have on each other.  The course encourages students, educators, artists and activists to consider the role of cultural production within contemporary social movements, particularly decolonization struggles, both locally and globally.  The course will also explore various methodologies that integrate the arts/cultural production.

NEW443H1F – Advanced Topics in Equity Studies:  Anti-Colonial Thought and Pedagogical Challenges

This advanced seminar will examine the anti-colonial framework as an approach to theorizing  issues emerging from colonial and colonized relations. It will use radical/subversive pedagogy and instruction as important entry points to critical social praxis.  Focussing on the writings and commentaries of revolutionary/radical thinkers like Memmi, Fanon, Cesaire, Cabral, Gandhi, Machel, Che Guevera, Mao Tse-Tung, Nyerere, Toure and Nkrumah, the course will interrogate the theoretical  distinctions and connections between anti-colonial thought  and post-colonial theory, and identify the particular implications/lessons for critical educational practice. Among the issues explored will be: the challenge of articulating anti-colonial theory as an epistemology of the colonized anchored in the indigenous sense of collective and common colonial consciousness; the conceptualization of power configurations embedded in ideas, cultures and histories of marginalized communities; the understanding of Indigeneity as pedagogical practice; the pursuit of agency, resistance and subjective politics through anti-colonial learning; the investigation of the power and meaning of local social practice/action in surviving colonial and colonized encounters; and the identification of the historical and institutional structures and contexts which sustain intellectual pursuits. Students and instructor will engage in critical dialogues around intellectual assertions that the anti-colonial is intimately connected to decolonization, and by extension, decolonization cannot happen solely through Western scholarship. We will ask:  How can educators provide anti-colonial education that develop in learners a strong sense of identity, self and collective respect, agency, and the kind of individual empowerment that is accountable to community empowerment?   How do we subvert colonial hierarchies embedded in conventional schooling? And, how do we re-envision schooling and education to espouse at its centre such values as social justice, equity, fairness, resistance and decolonial responsibility?

NOTE: This is a joint graduate/undergraduate course. Enrolment is via a balloting process; the ballot form can be found here.

NEW443H1S – Advanced Topics in Equity Studies: Youth, Community & Revolution in Transnational Contexts

This course introduces critical literature on youth that underscore how youth are represented, categorized, discussed, controlled, surveilled and incarcerated by the nation-state, international bodies, law and educational institutions globally.  The course also examines youth power, resistance and agency through literature that features their involvement in social movements and revolutions transnationally such as the Arab uprisings, Fees Must Fall student movement, the Movement for Black Lives, im(migrant) and Indigenous struggles from Palestine to Turtle Island.  This course examines the transnational commonalities and contradictions in the study of youth and community through an anti-colonial, anti-imperialist, anti-racist, Marxist feminist lens and introduces critical methodological approaches of research with youth, community and activism, and social movements for advancing a praxis to achieve justice and freedom.

NEW448H1F – Advanced Topics in Disability Studies: Disability and the Child

This advanced disability studies seminar examines a range of historical and present-day meanings associated with the figure of the disabled child and asks how these are grounding the contemporary cultural category of the human. Drawing on work emanating from a variety of disciplines, including history, psychology, neuroscience, policy studies, visual arts, film and literature, and engaging with critical theories of race, class, gender, sexuality and disability, we will discuss ideas and issues relevant to the construction of 21st century disabled childhood. Together, we will explore: the social construction of the child and childhood, accounts of normal/abnormal/extranormal development; narratives of childhood vulnerability, risk and futurity; questions concerning ideological and technological processes of disability screening and identification; current debates about (special) education and preventative/therapeutic interventions; neoliberal investments in the (disabled) child; the politics of disability and reproductive justice and emergent concerns surrounding human engineering and enhancement. Vis-à-vis the near monolithic story of disability as threat to the presumed goodness of normative childhood, together we will ask: what alternate depictions and narratives of disabled childhood exist and what can they teach us?