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Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

Degrees Offered: Ph.D., M.A.

Members

Professors

G. Creese, D. Ferreira da Silva, A. Henry, B. Ross.

Associate Professors

D. Al-Kassim, L. Angeles, A. Chaudhry, L. Harris, S. Thobani.

Professors Emeriti

S. Gunew, V. Raoul, V. Strong-Boag.

Program Overview

Gender, race, sexuality and social justice (GRSJ) studies is an exciting interdisciplinary field of study with its own texts, journals, and methodologies. In many disciplines some of the most innovative, scholarly work in theory and research is being done by gender, race, sexuality and social justice specialists, and the interdisciplinary nature of this scholarship is an important feature of its success and promise. The Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at UBC offers courses in an open and mutually supportive atmosphere. The program has more than 90 well-qualified faculty and faculty associates from many departments and programs, whose expertise includes gender and development, critical studies in sexuality, decolonizing and post-colonial methodologies, race, gender and cultural studies (including Asia), critical race theory, gender and Canadian history and literature (in English and French), transgender studies, gender issues in health, and feminist legal studies. The program aims to maintain flexibility to accommodate the needs of individual students.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for consideration applicants must fulfill all the general requirements for admission to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. In addition, they must also:

  • demonstrate adequate preparation in gender, race, sexuality, and social justice and related methodologies, or be willing to take extra courses, as required, to gain such preparation;
  • submit a writing sample (such as an essay) demonstrating excellent research potential;
  • submit a statement explaining why s/he wishes to undertake doctoral work in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. The student may describe relevant non-academic experience, and explain any discrepancies in the academic record. This statement should also specify the areas of most interest to the applicant, to enable us to ascertain the likelihood of an appropriate research supervisor being available for the dissertation.

Students are selected by the Graduate Admissions Committee, which assesses the availability of appropriate courses and faculty to provide supervision.

Transfer from the M.A. to the Ph.D. program is permitted under regulations set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Program Requirements

The Ph.D. Program consists of 12 credits of course work, a comprehensive examination, and a research dissertation. Students must complete GRSJ 500, 501 (methodology) and 502 (theory), plus a minimum of 3 graduate-level elective credits approved by their supervisor. The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements. The program offers students the opportunity to focus their studies in areas such as Critical & Creative Social Justice Studies; Critical Gender, Race, and Sexuality Studies; and Memory and Justice Studies. For details visit the program website.

Master of Arts

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for consideration applicants must fulfill all the general requirements for admission to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. In addition, they must also:

  • demonstrate adequate preparation in gender, race, sexuality, and social justice and related methodologies, or be willing to take extra courses, as required, to gain such preparation;
  • submit a writing sample (such as an essay) demonstrating excellent research potential;
  • submit a statement explaining why s/he wishes to undertake M.A. work in gender, race, sexuality and social justice. The student may describe relevant non-academic experience, and explain any discrepancies in the academic record. This statement should also specify the areas of most interest to the applicant, to enable us to ascertain the likelihood of an appropriate research supervisor being available for the thesis.

Students are selected by the Graduate Admissions Committee, which assesses the availability of appropriate courses and faculty to provide supervision.

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice consists of 30 credits of course work including either a 9-credit thesis (GRSJ 520) or 3-credit extended essay (GRSJ 510). Students must complete GRSJ 500, 501 (methodology) and 502 (theory). The program offers students the opportunity to focus their studies in a variety of areas such as Critical & Creative Social Justice Studies; Critical Gender, Race, and Sexuality Studies; and Memory and Justice Studies. For details visit the program website.

Contact Information

Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice
Buchanan Tower
1097-1873 East Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z1
Tel: 604.822.9171
Fax: 604.822.9169
Email: grss.office@ubc.ca
Web: www.grsj.arts.ubc.ca

Page last updated: July 23, 2018

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