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Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

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

Members

Professors

G. Creese, A. Henry, B. Ross.

Associate Professors

D. Al-Kassim, L. Angeles, A. Chaudhry, D. Ferreira da Silva, 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 allows qualified students to undertake doctoral work in the field of gender, race, sexuality, and social justice. Students who did not do their M.A. at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice must complete GRSJ 500, 501 and 502 in year one, plus a minimum of 3 additional credits of graduate-level coursework, to be approved by the Graduate Advisor.

Additional coursework may be required. Comprehensive examinations may take a variety of forms, to be approved by the Graduate Advisor, and must normally be completed by the end of the second year in the program. The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements (GRSJ 606).

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 allows qualified students to undertake graduate work in the field. Issues related to gender, race, sexuality, and social justice and related methodologies will be presented in diverse theoretical frameworks. The 30-credit M.A. is available on a full-time or part-time basis. There are two options: thesis (GRSJ 520) or course-based (GRSJ 510). Students in both options are required to complete core courses in methodology (GRSJ 501) and theory (GRSJ 502) and interact with visiting scholars at the Institute through a year-long seminar (GRSJ 500). There is considerable flexibility in the selection of other courses. Options may include a practicum or internship in the local community or abroad.

Part-time and full-time study options are available.

Contact Information

Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice
Jack Bell Building
038-2080 West Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2
Tel: 604.822.9171
Fax: 604.822.9169
Email: grss.office@ubc.ca
Web: www.grsj.arts.ubc.ca

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