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Welcome to the incoming grad MA student cohort for 2019 - we are very happy that you chose to join us!

Our MA students are focused, energetic and talented, and together with the faculty, make for a vibrant departmental life.

from Grad Studies, August 28 2020


If you are arriving from outside of Canada, the Government of Canada has implemented travel restrictions, including a 14 day mandatory self-isolation upon arrival. So if you are a student intending to travel to Canada you will need to arrange a 14-day self-isolation off-campus. We have an online guide available to support new and returning international students with this process.

If you are arriving for the Fall term from outside Canada, please register your plan with SFU. This information will help us support you before you arrive, as you prepare the correct information and documentation needed to satisfy government requirements. It will also help us support you after your arrival.


As of September 1, the U-Pass BC program will be resuming. (Since the decision was made to suspend the U-Pass BC program for the 2020 Summer semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Simon Fraser Student Society, Graduate Student Society and SFU have worked with TransLink, and the other public post-secondary institutions and student associations in Metro Vancouver, to reinstate the program with appropriate eligibility adjustments.) Deadline to apply for exemption is September 22.

Upcoming MA Defenses

Lauren Perry

Paper title: "Provoking Change: Debunking the Provocation Defence for Murder"

Supervisor: Evan Tiffany
Second Reader: Sam Rickless, UCSD

Date and Time: December 3rd, 1PM Pacific

Abstract: Provocation is a partial defence, which if successful reduces the charge of murder to manslaughter. The law treats a killing as provoked if the defendant killed because they lost control in anger caused by the victim’s wrongful act or insult. The defence is controversial: many feminists argue the defence should be revised or abolished, because it perpetuates undesirable masculine norms of violence and anger expression towards women. Others, while sympathetic to feminist arguments, defend provocation on the ground it acts as a “concession to human frailty.” This paper offers two debunking arguments against the “concession to human frailty.” The first is historical: provocation emerged not as a concession to human frailty but as mitigation for aristocratic men who acted to preserve their honour. Second, I argue the contemporary defence, despite a reconceptualization in terms of “loss-of-self-control,” functions analogously to the historical defence. Provocation should be abolished: it is a not a concession to human frailty, but mitigation for those who kill to preserve their social and moral status in an unjust system.



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