The Dark Side of the Nation: Essays on Multiculturalism, Nationalism and Gender
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Histories of Global Inequality: New Perspectives
edited by Christian Olaf Christiansen & Steven L. B. Jensen (2019)
Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine and the Foundations of a Movement
Angela Y. Davis (2016)
Rising Up: The Fight for Living Wage Work in Canada
edited by Bryan Evans, Carlo Fanelli & Tom McDowell (2021)
Is Everyone Really Equal? An Introduction to Key Concepts in Social Justice Education
Özlem Sensoy & Robin DiAngelo (2017)
The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better
Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett (2009)
The Inner Level: How More Equal Societies Reduce Stress, Restore Sanity and Improve Everyone’s Well-Being
Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett (2019)
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Income and Wealth Inequality: Crash Course Economics
Tanya Talaga: Indigenous Youth in Peril
World Inequality Report 2018
Combating racism in Europe: What role do legislators play?
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Social Inequality In The City
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What does inequality really mean in Canada? | Krishna Pendakur
Learning From Gig Worker Organizing | SFU Labour Studies
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The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (2019)
A new poverty simulation game developed at Simon Fraser University, to help people understand how poverty arises, and how it can be stopped.
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Communication and Social Change
An introduction to the forms, theories and institutions of communication as they relate to broader social change, with a focus on the political, economic and regulatory shifts characterizing Canadian and transnational media systems. This course is required for a major, honours or minor in communication.
The Political Economy of Communication
Examination of the political and economic processes that have generated the policies and structures of mass media, telecommunications and related industries; the relationship between the dichotomies of state and market, citizen and consumer, capitalism and democracy, global and local, and sovereignty and globalization in media industries and policies; overview of influences on State and international policies towards the media. Prerequisite: CMNS 110 and 130, with a minimum grade of C-.
Human Rights and Civil Liberties
A study of the relationship between the government and the individual. Focus upon the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and its interpretation by the judiciary. Examination of the issues of equality before the law, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of expression. A study of human rights at the international, federal and provincial levels. Prerequisite: CRIM 101 and CRIM 135.
Race, Class and Gender
An examination of feminist, Marxist and anti-racist theories pertaining to the historical development, social construction, and interactive nature of race, class and gender relations. Students with credit for either GSWS 301 (or WS 301) or GSWS 310 (or WS 310) as Special Topics: Race, Class and Gender may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: 15 units.
Sickness and Wealth: Health in Global Perspective
New formations of wealth and power that contribute to international health disparities and consideration of the relations of power both between and within nation-states that make some people sick and keep others well. Economic and political collusions that make people sick. Infectious disease and child survival, health implications of war, biotech, and the politics of food and water. Prerequisite: 45 units. Recommended: HSCI 130.
Wealth and Poverty of Nations
Analyzes some of the historical reasons for the great divergence in world economic development, and undertakes a cross-country, cross-regional perspective of world economic development using a historical approach to long-run economic growth. Breadth-Social Sciences.
Labour Research for Social Change: Methods and Approaches
Introduces students to labour research through methodology and research methods for social change. By exploring what methodology is, the methods common in labour research, and understandings of social justice, students gain experience of quantitative and qualitative approaches, including survey research. Focuses on using and interpreting quantitative data and statistics for social justice and social change. Prerequisite: LBST 100 or LBST 101 or with permission of instructor. Quantitative.
An introduction to the ethical issues arising from interactions of states, NGOs and other international agents. Topics may include international human rights, terrorism, war, gender justice, climate justice, fairness in international trade, cultural diversity and conflict, the rights of indigenous peoples, collective responsibility and restitution for historical wrongdoing, among others. Students who have received credit for PHIL 220 cannot receive credit for this course. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.
Politics of Prosperity and Inequality
Introduces how politics shapes economic inequality and development. Focuses on how government policy and the struggle for power offer solutions to major social and economic problems. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.
Examines the impact of identity politics on the dynamics and organization of political systems. Topics include the impact of ethnic, racial and/or religious diversity on modes of political representation, the formation of public policy, and the quest for political stability and national identity. Student with credit for POL 481 may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: Six lower division units in political science or permission of the department.
Introduction to Sociology (S)
Explores how sociologists study, describe, and explain social life. Introduces the sociological perspective and applies it to fundamental social process and everyday issues. As we consider phenomena ranging from interactions among individuals to societal and global inequalities, students critically examine social issues to build their understanding of the world. Breadth-Social Sciences.
Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism (SA)
An introduction to the political economy and culture of capitalism in relation to global problems. Case studies may focus on issues of population, famine, disease, poverty, environmental destruction, social inequality, and nation-state violence. Resistance, rebellion and social movements in response to these problems also will be addressed. Writing/Breadth-Social Sci.