The following courses can be taken to meet the course requirements of the specialization. Required courses are MER 9000 plus a total of two half courses from the list below: One half course from your home program, and one half course from an outside program. To register for a MER approved course outside of your home program please contact the course instructor for approval, complete and sign the Request Form, and return the form to your home program’s graduate assistant for course enrollment. Contact departments or instructors for further course details.

MER 9000 - Colloquium Series in Migration and Ethnic Relations

Credited or Non-credited requirement (as determined by home department)
Haan, Full Year | Thursdays "roughly bi-weekly", 4:00 - 5:30 | SSC 6210

Associated faculty, students, and guest speakers present their research. There will be at least ten colloquia per year, with some of the talks involving attendance at specific occasions in series organized by other groups. Besides the colloquia in which research is presented, there will be other scheduled meetings in which students will discuss professional issues, opportunities for collaboration, and other topics.

MER Specialization Courses 2020-2021

Please note that for all MER-related courses listed below, students must write their major paper for the course on a directly relevant MER topic.

Fall Term

Anthropology 9213A - Displacement and Diasporas

Randa Farah | Tuesdays 1:30-4:30 | online, synchronous | pdf outline

In this course, we will discuss and problematize the uncritical use of the "diasporic" condition as by default anti-essentialist, as politically radical, or as detachment. The course emphasizes the diverse trajectories, cultures, histories and political aspirations of diasporic populations (some with modern political projects), and underscores the significance of politics, power structures and socio-economic differentials in variously shaping diasporic subjects (migrants, refugees, exiles, etc.). in the twenty-first century. The crossing of geo-political boundaries involves gendered cultural encounters. Yet such boundary crossings do not necessarily mean we also journey physically, of ideologically or politically towards global citizenship, or do they?
Political Science 9511A - International Relations

A. Harmes | Tuesdays 12:30-2:30 | online, synchronous | pdf outline

This course provides students with an advanced introduction to the politics of international relations and foreign policy with an emphasis on contemporary issues and cases. The first part of the course examines different approaches to foreign policy and international relations including realism, liberalism, neoconservatism, libertarianism, populist conservatism, social conservatism, and progressivism. The second part of the course examines the debate between these approaches across different issues and cases. The course also examines the institutions, history and politics of Canadian foreign policy. For PhD students, the course assignments focus on the explanatory theories of IR - such as neorealism, liberalism, constructivism, and critical theory - that will form the basis for their comprehensive exam.
Sociology 9147A - Social Inequality

Sean Waite | Mondays 1:30-4:30 | online | pdf outline

This graduate seminar course explores the extent, causes, and consequences of social inequality in Canada and abroad. We start the course with a discussion on recent trends in income inequality and some foundational stratification theory (Marx, Weber and Durkheim). We then move on to specialized topics, such as: the socioeconomic impact of COVID-19; black lives matter and the criminal justice system; race, residential segregation, and discrimination; colonization and the Indigenous community; residential segregation; poverty; the gender wage gap; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender+ (LGBTQ2+) labour market inequality; beauty premiums; disability discrimination; and intersectional disadvantage.
Sociology 9373A - Migration

Teresa Abada | Thursdays 1:30-4:30 | online | pdf outline

This course will examine issues regarding Migration in both less developed and more developed countries (for developed countries emphasis on Canada, US and some European countries). The specific topics will include economic integration of immigrants; ethnic communities and settlement patterns; second generation (children of immigrants); language, diversity and identity issues; gender and migration; economic development; family; models of vulnerabilities and refugees; immigration policies.

Winter Term

Political Science 9762B - Theories of Global Justice

R. Vernon | Thursdays 11:30-1:30 | SSC 4112

no course description available
Sociology 9177B - The Social Context of Racial Inequality

Patrick Denice | Tuesdays 9:30-12:30 | online | pdf outline

This course provides an in-depth overview of sociological understandings of race and ethnicity, with a particular focus on the institutional underpinnings of racial and ethnic inequality in the United States and Canada. The core question we seek to address is: What are the sociological origins of racial inequality? To answer this, we begin by investigating how sociologists understand racial and ethnic distinctions. What comprises a racial or ethnic group? We then shift our attention to patterns of racial and ethnic inequality, focusing on the major institutions through which racial inequality is generated: the housing market, the labor market, schools, and the criminal justice system.
Sociology 9375B - Immigration Policy Development & Evaluation Strategies

Michael Haan | Thursdays 9:30-12:30 | online | pdf outline

This course will provide an overview of Canadian immigration policies, and the many changes that have occurred to these policies in recent history. Students will learn about the admission system for permanent residents, and the many different types of temporary statuses that individuals use to enter Canada. We will also investigate how these policies were developed, and some of the techniques and strategies that can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of Canada’s immigration system.
Spanish 9657B - Testimony Memory Fiction

Felipe Quetzalcoatl Quintanilla | Tuesdays 5:00-8:00 pm | online

This course will be devoted to the study of memory and its connections to writing modalities such as the testimonial, the memoire, auto-fiction and fiction, in Latin American and in US/Canadian Latinx contexts. The texts, films and artistic installations we will be exploring will range from those centered on the bitter fruits of the Cold War in Latin America, but also on more recent phenomena such as the various indigenous/student/feminist movements of self-determination, as well as on the complex migration flows across las Américas from the early 1970s to the present day. Along the way, we will be thinking about the nature of testimonial literature and its emergence in Latin America, its understanding as a literary genre and its positionality vis a vis the literary cannon and vis a vis political action. The concepts that will inform our discussions will be subalternity, voice, social justice, human rights, transnational solidarity, reparations, and memory. We will be listening to the voices from various struggles, from women, youth, combatants, and the indigenous. We will end, finally, on a consideration of fiction as a potential tool for remembering and imaginative healing.
Women's Studies and Feminist Research 9592B - Gender and Development: Theory, Practice, and Advocacy

Bipasha Baruah | Mondays 10:30-1:30 | online

This course seeks to provide an introduction to ‘gender and development’ as a domain of theory, practice, advocacy and interaction. The course is informed by the needs and interests of future ‘practitioners,’ i.e. students who hope to engage in research, project design and implementation, policy analysis, advocacy and/or networking in the ‘gender and development’ field or a closely related domain. To best serve the needs of such students, a few lectures of the course are devoted to providing students with a historical perspective on the evolution of the theory and practice of gender and development discourse, and rest of the course focuses almost exclusively on key contemporary and emerging gender issues and debates. Students who do not intend to work as gender and development ‘practitioners,’ but who want to acquire an up-to-date understanding of the field are welcome in the course, which is open to all graduate students with an interest in the contemporary theory and practice of gender and development.