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GRSJ 102 Global Issues in Social Justice
Intersectional feminist theory and practice, focusing on contemporary issues in a transnational context. Credit will be granted for only one of WMST 100 or GRSJ 102.
GRSJ 200 Gender and Environmental Justice
An interdisciplinary and cross-cultural overview of contemporary environmental issues, as they relate to gender equality and social justice challenges and initiatives that respond to ecological crises.
GRSJ 224B Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice in Literature: Young Adult Fiction and Social Justice: Stories for Changing the World
Techniques of literary study, with emphasis on intersectionality and the ways in which gender is represented in literature and contributions of feminism and gender studies to literary studies.>>> The genre of young adult fiction has grown in popularity in recent years and has become perhaps one of the most diverse and important genres of literature to focus on social justice issues. Along with successful television adaptations and film franchises, the appeal and significance of young adult fiction can’t be ignored.
This course will explore the common social justice themes in young adult fiction with a focus on contemporary literature and their adaptations. These themes include: gender identity and expression, friendship, coming of age, race and racism, technology, immigration, environmental justice, transphobia, xenophobia, reproductive justice, and dystopias.
In her work on female rebellion in dystopian fiction, Sarah Day suggests that young adult literature represent the liminal spaces of growing up, where coming of age means moving from childhood to adulthood but also brings about possibilities for other changes and explorations: the possibility to change yourself and the possibility to change the world.
We will explore how these liminal spaces in young adult fiction relate to contemporary feminist and social justice issues and how this genre provides hope and inspiration for a new generation of social justice activists.
Authors may include: Robin McKinley, Suzanne Collins, JK Rowling, Nnedi Okorafor Daniel José Older, Angie Thomas, Louise O’Neill, Sherman Alexie, Catherine Knutson, Jandy Nelson, Nicola Yoon, Meredith Russo, Cindy Pon.
Along with reading fiction we will also look at a variety of film and television adaptations and other media such as podcasts.
GRSJ 300 Intersectional Approaches to Thinking Gender
Interdisciplinary exploration of the multiple intersections between gender and (neo)colonialism, racism, poverty, ableism, and heterosexism in a globalized world; historical and cross-cultural aspects, and the social construction of sex and gender, masculinity and femininity.
GRSJ 303 Gender, Race, Social Justice and the Law
A survey of feminist legal thought and recent developments in feminism and law, with a focus on Canada.
GRSJ 305 Social Justice Issues in Community and International Organizing
Critical examination and practical applications of concepts, theories, methods, and strategies of gender-aware organizing at the community and international levels.
GRSJ 306 Globalization and Social Justice: Gender, Race, and Sexuality in International Politics
Critical examination of the gender dimension of globalization and the theories, discourse, and practices in international politics using gender analysis.
GRSJ 310 Gender, Race, Social Justice and Health
Interdisciplinary introduction to gender and health issues using selected theoretical frameworks.
GRSJ 326 The Politics of Gender, Families, and Nation-Building
Investigation of historical and contemporary scholarship on the diversity of families, focusing on differences of gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, and social class within and across national borders.
GRSJ 500 Intersectional Issues in Social Justice and Equality Studies
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GRSJ 515A Critical and Creative Social Justice Studies Seminars
The potential of creative work to disrupt ingrained ideas and representations by appealing to the senses. Study and engage with academics, artists, and activists interested in how art contributes to critical and engaged social justice work.
HGSE 312 Perspectives on Reconciliation
Notions of reconciliation and restitution that have emerged in Canada across space and time; key principles, discourses, legal and Constitutional mechanisms, actions and actors.
HGSE 313 Reconciliation and Resource Management
Relationships and reconciliation processes between First Nations and other governments in the context of land and sea governance.
HGSE 314 Reconciliation and Communities
In-depth exploration of the communities of Haida Gwaii through community-based experiences and community service learning.
HGSE 320A Special Topics on Ecology in Indigenous Contexts: Social-Ecological Change: An Introduction to Systems Thinking and Resilience
This course will be offered, as opportunities arise, by scientists visiting the Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society. The course is expected to be of a specialized nature and be at a level appropriate for upper level students.>>> As human beings in an interconnected world, we face a number of complex and seemingly intractable problems including such things as climate change, food security, global poverty and pandemic diseases. Understanding how to address such problems is the first step to solving them. Ultimately, we need to foster social and ecological resilience. Resilience is the ability of a linked social and ecological system to respond to stress and build the adaptive capacity of individuals and groups to respond to stress. This course provides an opportunity to learn and apply the conceptual tools of systems thinking and complexity theories for fostering social change and building adaptive capacity through application to cases on Haida Gwaii. Students are provided with an introduction to the conceptual tools of systems thinking, complexity and resilience that help understand the dynamics of social-ecological change and social innovation. The course will also involve additional local, community educators from Haida Gwaii and will incorporate local knowledge and local case examples to help elucidate and ground systems-based and complexity concepts.
HGSE 320B Special Topics on Ecology in Indigenous Contexts: Environmental Assessment in Cross-Cultural and Indigenous Contexts
This course will be offered, as opportunities arise, by scientists visiting the Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society. The course is expected to be of a specialized nature and be at a level appropriate for upper level students.>>> This course is an introduction to the field and practice of environmental assessment (EA) in Canada with specific reference to EA processes in cross-cultural and Indigenous contexts. This course will make specific references to cases on Haida Gwaii and will involved additional local, community educators from Haida Gwaii. We will explore processes and techniques for incorporating environmental considerations in planning and evaluating proposals for future undertakings that may have significant social and ecological effects. The course provides an overview of the methodologies for the design and conduct of environmental impact studies that adhere to the Crown s legal and constitutional obligations to Indigenous People s. The main objective of this course is to introduce students to environmental assessment, with a focus on the origins, purposes, processes and gradual evolution of EA toward a sustainability-oriented framework, with particular reference to the Canadian federal environmental assessment regime. In particular, the course will make specific reference to the incorporation of Indigenous Knowledge into EA practice and the implications of such decision-making processes in light of the Crown s Duty to Consult and Accommodate, self-governance, self-determination and reconciliation.
HGSE 320C Special Topics on Ecology in Indigenous Contexts: Plant Ecology and Diversity
This course will be offered, as opportunities arise, by scientists visiting the Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society. The course is expected to be of a specialized nature and be at a level appropriate for upper level students.>>> Plant ecology is the study of the distribution and abundance of plants, the effects of environmental factors upon the abundance of plants, and the interactions among and between plants and other organisms. In this course we address these topics within the ecosystems of the coastal temperate rainforest in general, and of Haida Gwaii in particular. We will discuss the history of botanical exploration, and of ecosystem classification and mapping, on Haida Gwaii. We will learn to identify key plants and ecosystems and their ecological importance. We will meet Haida botanists and land managers, will hear some of their stories about economic, social and cultural use of plants. We ll also spend time with wildlife biologists and recreation and tourism experts, and learn about the importance of forested and non-forested ecosystems and their plants to wildlife and humans. We will undertake experiential learning on Haida territory.
HGSE 320D Special Topics on Ecology in Indigenous Contexts: Ethnoecology and Ethnobotany
This course will be offered, as opportunities arise, by scientists visiting the Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society. The course is expected to be of a specialized nature and be at a level appropriate for upper level students.>>> Ethnoecology is the study of cultural ecological knowledge and of the interactions between human societies and their environments, including other species. Ethnobotany is the study of the direct interrelationships between people and the plants, past, present and future. In this course we address these topics within the context of Haida culture and language and the ecosystems of Haida Gwaii. We will discuss the historical roots of ethnoecology and ethnobotany, the directions & trends in these fields over the past century, and their relevance in today's world. We will learn to identify key plants and ecosystems and their cultural importance, will focus on traditional land and resource management systems, and discuss issues of ethics and intellectual properties rights in relation to Indigenous Peoples' knowledge. We will meet Haida knowledge holders and language experts, will hear some of the ancient stories that bind people with their environments, learn about cultural practices and taboos, and undertake experiential learning on Haida territory. We will also interact with secondary school students from Haida Gwaii, undertake a collaborative ethnobotany project at the Haida Heritage Centre at 4ay Llnagaay, and participate in a field trip with botanists attending the Botany BC* meetings on Haida Gwaii.
HGSE 350 Case Studies in Haida Gwaii
Integration of concepts of history, politics, First Nations, rural development, and forest ecology in natural resources management in Haida Gwaii. A core element of the Haida Gwaii Semester.
HGSE 351 History and Politics of Resource Management
Historical examination of resource management in Canada and conflicts arising therefrom, with emphasis on forests. A core element of the Haida Gwaii Semester.
HGSE 352 First Nations Governance and Natural Resource Management
The political, economic, and legal environment of Aboriginal-Canadian relations and its influence on resource use and management; review of historic relationships, emerging case law, and new reconciliation frameworks. A core element of the Haida Gwaii Semester.
HGSE 353 Rainforest Ecology and Management
Ecology of the temperate rainforests of Haida Gwaii. A core element of the Haida Gwaii Semester.
HGSE 354 Diversifying Resource-Dependent Communities
Examination of the forces that restructure local economies, both historically and contemporarily; link between rural economic development and the legacy of resource development in Aboriginal communities across British Columbia. A core element of the Haida Gwaii Semester.
HGSE 355 Applied Ecology of Coastal Terrestrial Ecosystems
Processes that shape coastal terrestrial ecosystems through time and applications to current ecological reality. Part of the Haida Gwaii Fall Semester.
HGSE 356 Biophysical Dynamics of the Marine-Terrestrial Interface
Nutrient cycling between the marine environment and coastal forest ecosystems; how the physical characteristics of this interface affect inputs; which species play a pivotal role in driving interactions. Part of the Haida Gwaii Fall Semester.
HGSE 357 Ecology and Management of Island Wildlife
Unique biological attributes of island wildlife, such as subspecies, isolated populations, and distinct evolutionary pathways, with a focus on endemic species on Haida Gwaii. Part of the Haida Gwaii Fall Semester. Credit will be granted for only one of FRST 395 or HGSE 357.
HGSE 358 Systems Thinking for Resource Management
Introduction to systems thinking and resilience to understand dynamics of social change and innovation; use of case studies to demonstrate applications of different types of ecological knowledge, including traditional knowledge and experiential knowledge. Part of the Haida Gwaii Fall Semester.
HGSE 359 Ecosystem-Based Management Seminar
History, definitions, and applications of EBM; challenges of achieving both economic and environmental well-being with a focus on resource use and management on Haida Gwaii. Part of the Haida Gwaii Fall Semester.
HIST 103 World History Since 1900
International relations; changes in the nation-state system; the emergence and impact of major political ideologies; genocide; decolonization; the globalization of trade; and the dynamics of economic, social, cultural, and environmental change in a global context.
HIST 104B Topics in World History: Cities in History
Thematically-organized topics will explore global aspects of human experience across time. Each section will examine a single theme. Check with the department for course offerings.>>> In 2018W, the topic for HIST 104B, 201 is Cities in History. This course is an introduction to the urban past that explores one of the key dynamics of human history: how people have shaped cities while at the same time cities have shaped what people have produced, what they have thought, and how they have related to each other. The course taks a global approach, with the cities of Africa, Asia and South America featuring prominently. We will give particular attention to the modern era, from about 1800 to the present, and concentrate on three topics: the making of urban poverty, the politics of planning, and cities as incubators of creative and imaginative life.
HIST 104G Topics in World History: Genocide and Mass Killing: A Global History
Thematically-organized topics will explore global aspects of human experience across time. Each section will examine a single theme. Check with the department for course offerings.
HIST 105C Contemporary Global Issues in Historical Perspective: Social Movements
Places issues and problems of current relevance such as disease, terrorism, drugs, or ethnic conflict in historical perspective. Each section will explore a single theme. Check with department for course offerings.>>> In 2018W, the topic for HIST 105C, 201 is Social Movements. We will consider the phenomena of global social movements in historical perspective. We will consider social movements from the 18th century forward as context for understanding social movements around the world today. We will consider a wide range of social justice causes around which people have mobilized historically including democracy, anti-slavery, suffrage, feminism, anarchism, civil rights, anti-imperialism, workers’ rights, Indigenous rights, gay rights, peace, and the environment. We will learn about well-known leaders of social movements such as Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, and Martin Luther King, as well as lesser-known grassroots activists. We will investigate questions including: what is a social movement?; what strategies have proved successful for social movements in the past?; how can we assess the impact and success of social movements; and what can historical social movements tell us about efforts to create change in society today?
HIST 106 Global Environmental History
The impact humans have had on the environment, and the ways in which the physical environment has shaped human history: climate, agriculture, energy use, and urbanization.
HIST 302 History of the Indigenous Peoples of North America
Indigenous peoples from pre-contact to the present in Canada and the U.S. Topics include colonial frontiers, disease, fur trade, government policies, environment, gender, religion, oral narratives, activism, urbanization, and identity.
HIST 391 Human Rights in World History
Changing ideas about humanity and rights. Considers the relationship between human rights and the nation-state, imperialism, and capitalism. Assesses the efforts to end large-scale human rights violations and the role of the United Nations.
HIST 395 The Nuclear Century: Scientists, Atoms, and the World Order Since 1900
Science and the military-industrial complex; quantum and relativistic revolutions in physics; nuclear energy and weapons of mass destruction; international tensions, environmental damage, and global perils.
HIST 396 Environmental History of North America
Overview of land use and environmental change in Canada and the United States; examines ideas and practices that shaped indigenous and non-indigenous resource exploitation, management, and activism to the end of the twentieth century.
HIST 402G Problems in International Relations: Post-Colonial International History
Selected topics such as trade, migration, diplomacy, war, migration, colonialism, and post- colonialism. Priority for registration to majors in History or International Relations.>>> In 2018W, the topic for HIST 402G, 201 will be Post-colonial international history. This course explores the history of international relations in the postcolonial world, or the Third World, following the end of European empires in the mid twentieth century. Topics include the Bandung Asian-African movement, the non-Aligned movement, Pan-Africanism, Pan-Arabism, economic development and global economic relations, national liberation movements, border contestations, and the role of the UN.
HIST 414 Constitutions in Canadian History: From Pre-Contact to the Charter of Rights
European precedents, Colonial self-government, Canadian Confederation, and issues such as gay rights, abortion, and First Nations land rights.
HIST 432 International Relations in the Twentieth Century
History of international relations from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. Questions of war, peace, balance of power, and the evolution of the international system in global economic, cultural, and social contexts.
HPB 501 Green Building Contemporary Practice
Enhanced building environmental performance and the integration of green building principles, strategies and technologies.
HPB 502 Regenerative Development
The relationship between human and natural systems in the context of regenerative design. Provides an understanding of how regenerative approaches differ from green design and how they can offer new insights and directions for design.
HPB 503 Whole Building Energy Modelling and Simulation
Modelling energy in a high performance building. Introduction to indoor space requirements. Heat and mass transfer through building envelopes. Climate. Fenestration, daylighting, solar energy. Introduction to major energy models. Modelling project.
HPB 504 Building Energy Systems Design
Designing the energy system for a high performance building. Heating, cooling and ventilation load estimation. Heating and cooling using solar, electrical and chemical energy. Air, water, and refrigerant distribution systems. Energy storage. System design project. Design performance assessment.
HPB 505 Capstone: Greening Existing Buildings
Students will analyze the performance and design data of an existing building and propose design changes that will improve performance, considering the real priorities of the client, a building owner or operator.
HPB 506 Capstone: New Building Energy Systems Design
Students will take a building under design and work with the designers towards a high performance energy system. The project will be a proposed high performance building with a client, a design team, and energy performance objectives.
INDS 502C Interdisciplinary Studies: Thematic Seminars: Historical Memory and Social Reconstruction
Seminars, lectures, and discussions of topics involving several faculties. Contact the Interdisciplinary Studies Program for specific topics (www.isgp.ubc.ca).>>> In the afterlives of war, displacement, state repression or disaster, how do people reconstruct their social worlds? What are the ways in which memory is used and mobilized by various social groups to confront past atrocitiesand the serious violations of their human rights? What are the broader social forces and regimes of truth that mediate survivors’ labour of memory? In what ways and by what expressive practices and social tensions, social groups, communities and societies make sense of their memories of the past?
INDS 502S Interdisciplinary Studies: Thematic Seminars: Global Health and Human Security
Seminars, lectures, and discussions of topics involving several faculties. Contact the Interdisciplinary Studies Program for specific topics (www.isgp.ubc.ca).
INLB 210 Land and Indigenous Self-Determination: Introduction to Theoretical Perspectives
Cultural, political, and economic context that informs the experiences of Indigenous people and communities. Experiential, intensive land-based course designed and delivered in collaboration with academic faculty and Indigenous community partner(s).
INLB 252 Introduction to Gender Justice and Indigenous Communities
Introduction to the politics of gender and sexuality from Indigenous perspectives, with a focus on intersectionality. Experiential, intensive land-based course designed and delivered in collaboration with academic faculty and Indigenous community partner(s).