Equity Studies Programs

Equity Studies Courses

2019-2020 Equity Studies Course TimetableUpdated August 8, 2019

2019-2020 Equity Studies Special Topics Courses

2019 Summer Equity Studies Special Topics Course

Instructions for Enrolling in 400-level Equity Studies Courses

Program Requirements

Equity Studies Major

Consult Program Co-ordinator, Prof. S. Mojab, 416-978-0829 or email shahrzad.mojab@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. S. Mojab, 416-978-0829 or email shahrzad.mojab@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, EAS380H1EAS388H1, ENG355Y1, FRE304H1, GGR320H1, GGR327H1, HIS202H1, HIS205H1, HIS297Y1, HIS348H1, HIS354H1, HIS363H1, HIS383Y1, HIS406H1, HIS417Y1, HIS446H1, 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, ENG270H1, ENG355Y1, ENG356Y1ENG367H1,  ENG368H1, ENG369H1, ENG370Y1, FIN320H1, FRE336H1, HIS107Y1, HIS208Y1, HIS221H1, HIS222H1, HIS230H1, HIS231H1, HIS245H1, HIS282Y1, HIS297Y1, HIS303H1, HIS305H1, HIS338H1, HIS359H1, HIS360H1, HIS361H1, HIS391Y1, HIS392Y1, HIS402H1, 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, POL424H1, POL467H1, RLG313H1RLG315H1, RLG344H1, RLG352H1, RLG353H1, SLA222H1, SOC210H1, SPA486H1

Group C: Sexual Diversities

ANT441H1, ANT456H1, ENG273Y1, ENG384Y1, JPS315H1, JSU325H1, PHL243H1,  SDS255H1, SDS256H1, SDS345H1, SDS346H1, SDS354H1, SDS355H1, SDS365H1, SDS377H1, SDS378H1, SDS379H1, SDS380H1, SDS381H1, SDS382H1,  SDS390H1, SDS455H1, SDS470H1, SDS475H1, SDS477H1, UNI104H1, 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, ENG254H1, ENV430H1, GGR107H1, GGR112H1, GGR240H1, GGR241H1, GGR321H1, GGR328H1, GGR329H1, GGR338H1, GGR339H1, GGR357H1, GGR363H1, GGR418H1, GGR419H1, GGR420H1, GGR434H1, GGR452H1, GGR457H1, HAJ453H1, HIS106Y1, HIS318H1, HIS323H1, HIS366H1, HIS369H1, 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, PHL273H1, PHL281H1, PHL380H1, PHL383H1, PHL384H1, POL201Y1, POL344H1, POL412H1, POL421H1, POL439H1, POL480H1, RLG317H1, SAS318H1, SOC207H1, SOC220H1, SOC282H1, SOC309H1, SOC355H1, SOC363H1, SOC364H1, SOC367H1, SOC479H1, UNI101H1, 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 2019-2020 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
  • NEW344Y1Y – Equity and the Body
  • NEW345H1F – Equity and Activism in Education
  • NEW346H1S – Community Organizing and Global Solidarity
  • NEW347H1F – Critical Racism and Anti-Racism Studies
  • NEW348H1F – Special Topics in Equity Studies: Mad Studies: Theories and Politics
  • NEW348H1S – Special Topics in Equity Studies:  Indigenous Relationships with Place in Urban Centres
  • NEW349H1F – Disability and Representation
  • JQR360H1S – The Canadian Census : Populations, Migrations and Demographics
  • NEW441H1F – Advanced Topics in Equity Studies: Art, Cultural Production & Resistance
  • NEW441H1S – Advanced Topics in Equity Studies – Reclaiming Justice:  Memory, Memorialization and Violence
  • NEW442H1S – Food Systems and the Politics of Resistance – download the NEW442H1S ballot form here!
  • NEW443H1S – Advanced Special Topics in Equity Studies:  Figures of Dissent
  • 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!

For the 2019 Summer Session, the program is offering the following courses:

  • JQR360H1S – The Canadian Census : Populations, Migrations and Demographics
  • NEW443H1S – Advanced Special Topics in Equity Studies:  Pedagogies of Solidarity – download the NEW443H1S ballot form here!
  • NEW444H1F – Social Change and Non-Violence

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 2019-2020 Equity Studies timetable! (Updated August 8, 2019)

2019-2020 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.

NEW348H1S – Special Topics in Equity Studies:  Indigenous Relationships with Place in Urban Centres

This course looks at how Indigenous perspectives inform our relationships with place, with a focus on cities, where over half of Indigenous people in Canada now live.  What are the implications of these perspectives for large, multicultural urban contexts?  How might this play out ethically in the potential evolution of “modern civilization”?  We will explore these questions through readings, lectures, discussion and visits to the land and water in Toronto.

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.

NEW441H1S – Advanced Topics in Equity Studies – Reclaiming Justice:  Memory, Memorialization and Violence

This course offers a historical and contemporary study of the contested relationship between state violence and ways it is remembered and memorialized.  In the study of history, the course focuses on structural violence of colonial, capitalist and imperialist power.  The act of memory, memorialization and remembering is studied in relation to indignity, racialization, gender, class, disability and sexuality.  These topics will be explored through theory, archives, arts, literature, and mode of resistance to ‘reclaim justice’ in transnational contexts.

NEW443H1S – Advanced Topics in Equity Studies: Figures of Dissent

This course is an introduction to actors and movements who defy injustice and dream a better world.  The ‘figures’ covered in the course are individuals or a collective of writers, artists, intellectuals or activists.  The history and theory of the struggle of justice and equity seeking movements is covered.  The ‘dissent’ and its different forms of resistance is discussed through theory, film, fiction, poetry and literature

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?

2019 Summer Special Topics Course

NEW443H1S – Pedagogies of Solidarity

Taking as a starting point a conception of pedagogy that centres relational encounters, this course seeks to consider the question of how to enter into relationships with others that seek to transform the very terms that define such relationships. The course explores how the concept of solidarity has been used to both explain the nature of social relationships between groups and individuals, as well as how it has been mobilized as a strategy for political work. In both counts, solidarity plays a key pedagogical role because it seeks to either sustain or challenge particular social arrangements. The course takes education and educational experience as a particular site for thinking through solidarity as both explanation and strategy, and considers a range of educational situations, including the classroom, to consider the complexities of solidarity as ethical encounters in pedagogical relations.

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