Skip To Content

Athabasca University

Equity Studies

Equity Studies is a disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and multi-disciplinary approach to social justice and inequality. Ranging across the local, regional, national, and global, Equity Studies explores inequalities between and among humans that are based on socially produced categories of geography, religion, race, gender, disability, age, class, and sexuality. It also includes issues related to inter-species equality, environmental justice, and intergenerational equality. After completion of the foundations course “Equality in Context” (MAIS 635), students may focus on a specific topic including inequality linked to a group identity (for example, gender, disability or species); social movement activism; policy or practice analysis (human rights, Canadian Charter of Rights); an event (for example war, famine); environmental justice; or a specific effect of inequality (for example, homelessness, food security, poverty, joblessness).

Equity Studies will be of interest to those wishing to engage research and scholarship in the voluntary, public or private sectors; at the local, regional, or international levels; in relation to family, religion, education, politics, healthcare, social work, police work, the armed forces, government, policy development or the legal system, or other areas involving interaction with humans, other species, or the environment, including environmental, intergenerational, and inter-species justice. Students are encouraged to start with MAIS 635 Equality in Context.

Foundational Courses for Equity Studies

Recommended Courses within Equity Studies

Available as a Reading Course

  • Women and Psychology (Ross)
  • Theories of Subjectivity (Filax)
  • Equity and Human Rights (Joy Fraser)
  • Human Rights, the Charter, and Labour Rights (Barnetson)
  • International Political Economy: The Politics of Globalization (Shrivastava)
  • Global Development Strategies (Shrivastava)
  • Africa in the World (Joe Kelly)

Currently Closed for Registrations

Additional Courses within Equity Studies

Top ^

Updated February 26 2015 by Student & Academic Services

AU, CANADA'S OPEN UNIVERSITY, is an internationally recognized leader in online and distance learning.