Towards Equity Resources

Resource Spotlight

Economic reconciliation

For a comprehensive list of resources for learning about economic reconciliation and engaging more deeply with Indigenous histories and perspectives, check out these recommendations from Sxwpilemaát Siyám (Chief Leanne Joe), Lackett Joe Hereditary Chief of the Squamish Nation, and the transformative storyteller for economic reconciliation at SFU’s Community Economic Development Program.

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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?


An Evening with Robert Reich | 2013 Keynote Lecture

Social Inequality In The City

Beyond the Pandemic: Building a Just Recovery for the Arts | SFU Labour Studies

What does inequality really mean in Canada? | Krishna Pendakur

Learning From Gig Worker Organizing | SFU Labour Studies


Requiem for the American Dream (2015)

Parasite (2019)

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.


Academic Articles


SFU Classes

Communication and Social Change

CMNS 130

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

CMNS 240

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: Nine CMNS units with a minimum grade of C-.

Human Rights and Civil Liberties

CRIM 335

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.

Gendering Economy: Paid and Unpaid Labour

GSWS 305

Takes a broad approach to gender, placing it dialogue with race and ethnicity, class, nation, and space, to think through the complex dynamic between gender and labour from a variety of perspectives. Explores workers’ lived experiences of gender regimes while critically examining how gender ‘matters’ within the workplace. Students who have taken GSWS 308, LBST 305, LBST 331 under the title Gender - Paid & Unpaid, or WS 310 under the title Women and Work may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: 30 units including three units in GSWS or WS or GDST or LBST.

Race, Class and Gender

GSWS 314

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

HSCI 308

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.

Indigenous Women in Canada

INDG 327

Themes and issues relating to the historical and contemporary experiences of Indigenous women in Canada: Indigenous theories of gender; evolution and political function of stereotypes of Indigenous women in Canada; history of Canadian legislation regulating Indigenous identity; relevance of feminist analysis; and history of activism. Students who have taken INDG (or FNST) 322 under this topic may not take this course for further credit. INDG (or FNST) 327 and GSWS 327 (or WS 327) are identical and students may not take both courses for credit. Prerequisite: INDG (or FNST) 101 or INDG (or FNST) 201W.

Wealth and Poverty of Nations

IS 220

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.

Globalization, Poverty and Inequality

IS 427

Analyzes the origins and the economic consequences of globalization and the uneven process of economic development around the world in relation to poverty, by considering the measurement of poverty, its causes and dynamics, as well as public policy for poverty reduction. Prerequisite: 45 units.

Labour Research for Social Change: Methods and Approaches

LBST 202

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.

Global Justice

PHIL 121

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

POL 131

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.

Identity Politics

POL 310

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)

SA 150

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)

SA 302W

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.