Graduate Program Overview
Social Sciences - Social Justice and Equity Studies
Graduate Program Overview
“We are a community of graduate students and scholars working to address vital political and ethical questions concerning social injustice, globally and in our everyday lives.
Our research can be described in many ways: some of us would say progressive, others disruptive, still others cooperative, subversive, creative, queer, or transformative. We are united in our view that rigorous and original scholarship can advance social justice.
We aim to foster a culture of radical inquiry, generous mentoring and activism as we create spaces for learning and solidarity within the SJES program and beyond.” ~Mary-Beth Raddon, Graduate Program Director
Social Justice and Equity Studies is interdisciplinary, diverse and pluralistic in its theoretical traditions, substantive problematics, methods and approaches. Our program seeks to enact an emancipatory politics of knowledge in favouring voices and perspectives that have been historically marginalized and who are actively resisting domination. Our field of study is linked to ethicopolitical movements for progressive social change, and also reflects recognition of the links between power and knowledge in the university. These legacies and commitments inform our teaching and research, as well as the criteria for affiliation and admission to the program.
Field of Study
The SJES program trains students in critical analysis of social justice and equity issues as related to processes and struggles associated with age, ability, gender, sexuality, racism, speciesism, the environment, class and other patterns of inequality. Training in both theory and research methods links processes operating at and across a range of geographical scales, from the local to the global. Students will be equipped to pursue doctoral studies and to offer their expertise as policy makers or policy consultants to social advocacy and social movement organizations as well as a wider public.
We number over 50 faculty members from 16 academic departments at Brock University and 10 to 12 new students a year.
The SJES program offers:
- Instruction and mentoring by faculty from many areas of expertise
- Breadth of learning, diverse student projects and support for innovative graduate level work
- The ability for students to bridge traditional disciplinary divides
Independent Reviewers rank the MA in Social Justice and Equity Studies "Category 1 calibre: Good Quality with National Prominence"