Academic Programs & Research


EQUITY AND DIVERSITY – Broad focus

The Centre for Culture, Identity and Education (CCIE) is a cultural studies research centre that focuses on exploring various facets of and developments in the comprehensive issue of identity and its educational implications in local and international cultural contexts.

Teacher candidates in the Diversity and Social Justice Cohort in the Faculty of Education have the opportunity to explore social justice issues in courses, to develop a mini–proposal for a social activism project completed during their extended practicum and are able to attend a series of outstanding workshops related to the themes of Diversity and Social Justice.

The Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (IGRSSJ) works to highlight the significance of research in women’s and gender studies and feminist research across all fields. It encourages UBC faculty, graduate students, and others to meet in multidisciplinary groups for discussion and research in these areas, and brings UBC researchers together with activists and researchers at other institutions in Canada and abroad.

Department of History research and teaching specializations fall in 14 broad research clusters:

Global History, Maritime History, and the History of Empire; History of Religion; History of Science, Technology and Medicine; Politics, Political Culture and State Power; Ethnicity, Race and Nationalism; Gender, Sexuality, and the Body; Migration, Borderlands, and Transnational History; Culture/Power/History; First Nations, Aboriginal, and Indigenous History; Environmental History; International Relations; History of Children and Youth; Law and Society and Communities.

The Specialization in Law and Social Justice at the Faculty of Law recognizes students who focus part of their legal studies on to the use of law to achieve social justice.

The Liu Institute for Global Issues conducts and facilitates research on global issues, mobilizing knowledge into solutions and policy. Its current focus is on advancing sustainability, security, and social justice: understood as moving toward economic, social, and environmental interactions that promote the well-being of people in ways that are just, equitable, and sustainable.

The Department of Sociology research and teaching specializations fall in seven broad areas:

Environment, Community and Social Movements; Family and Life Course; Gender and Sexuality; Health and Healthcare; Knowledge, Culture and Power; Race, Ethnicity and Immigration; Work, Economy and Globalization.

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ABORIGINAL

The Aboriginal Portal is a comprehensive website that offers information for Aboriginal students; on Aboriginal academic programs and events; a list of Aboriginal faculty; links to faculty, student and community research; community and youth programming; Aboriginal alumni; information about the First Nations House of Learning and the Xwi7xwa library; and the UBC Aboriginal Strategic Plan.

The First Nations House of Learning website provides links to the many academic programs with an Aboriginal focus in the Faculties of Arts, Education, Forestry, Graduate Studies, Land and Food Systems, Law, Medicine and Science; the College of Health Disciplines; the College for Interdisciplinary Studies; the Graduate School of Journalism; and the Sauder School of Business.

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DISABILITY

The Institute of Mental Health in the department of Psychiatry is a home for a community of clinicians and scientists who are fully committed to a re-examination of the field of mental health and mental illness and to seeking new insights into the diagnosis and treatment of some of the most challenging issues in modern medicine.

The Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship (CIC) of the UBC School of Social Workis committed to improving the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families.  By improving  access and quality of services and supports, inclusion in community life will be enhanced.  As well, the broader barriers to full social inclusion will also be addressed.
 

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FAMILY

The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) is the focal point for early child development research in British Columbia.

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GENDER

The Centre for Feminist Legal Studies’ purpose is to enhance the visibility of feminist legal studies at UBC and to strengthen co-operation in research, teaching, and graduate student supervision between scholars working with the Faculty of Law and elsewhere at UBC, as well as links and collaborations between scholars working in different university and community settings in British Columbia, nationally and internationally.

The Centre for Race, Autobiography, Gender and Age fosters interdisciplinary critical race and feminist scholarship with a focus on auto/bio/graphy in its broadest interpretation. RAGA also works collaboratively with community organizations to promote social change based on principles of equity and social justice.

Scholars in the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice tackle issues related to women, gender analyses, and related topics, presented in feminist frameworks. The Institute’s experienced faculty associates from many departments and programs across UBC have expertise in a broad range of topics, including gender and immigration, citizenship and anti-racism, lesbian and gay studies, gender and cultural studies (including Asia), gender and literature (including diasporic and postcolonial), women in Canadian history and literature (in English), issues related to women’s health, and feminist legal studies. They offer a Masters and PhD graduate program.

Women’s Studies Undergraduate Program at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice is an exciting interdisciplinary field of study that also draws upon several traditional disciplines. In many disciplines some of the most innovative, scholarly work in theory and research is being done by Women’s and Gender Studies specialists, and the interdisciplinary nature of Women’s and Gender Studies scholarship is an important feature of its success and promise.

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RACE AND ETHNICITY

The African Studies Minor in the faculty of Arts offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Africa, as well as the African diaspora.

The Center for Asian Legal Studies in the Faculty of Law is the largest group of academics teaching and researching Asian legal issues in Canada with a focus on the law and legal culture of China (including Taiwan), Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia, with a particular emphasis on Indonesia and Vietnam.

The Institute of Asian Research is a leader in research and teaching that combines interdisciplinary perspectives with deep knowledge of Asia to contribute to policy issues and public understanding.

The Centre for Culture, Identity and Education (CCIE) is a cultural studies research centre that focuses on exploring various facets of and developments in the comprehensive issue of identity and its educational implications in local and international cultural contexts.

The Institute of European Studies is part of the University of British Columbia’s ongoing mission to advance international knowledge and research about Europe. Emphasizing a multidisciplinary approach, the Institute promotes an exchange of ideas, students and scholars between Canada and Europe, and provides a forum for public debate on European issues through research seminars, workshops, lecture series and international conferences.

The Centre for India and South Asia Research (CISAR) is a research facility at The University of British Columbia (UBC) that brings together faculty, research associates, and graduate and undergraduate students with an interest in the cultures, historical evolution and contemporary developmental challenges of the subcontinent.

The Centre for Korean Studies is a leader of Korean studies in Canada with its vibrant programs of research and teaching, community involvement and international exchange.  It was established to facilitate research on Korea through multidisciplinary approaches.

The Center for Intercultural Language Studies is a cross-campus centre for research, outreach, and collaboration on issues broadly connected to language, culture, and education.

The Centre for Race, Autobiography, Gender and Age fosters interdisciplinary critical race and feminist scholarship with a focus on auto/bio/graphy in its broadest interpretation. RAGA also works collaboratively with community organizations to promote social change based on principles of equity and social justice.

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RELIGION

Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies offers  a unique opportunity to explore the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean and the Near East. Our remarkably diverse faculty includes world experts who both teach, and conduct path-breaking research on, the archaeology, history, languages, literatures, and religions of ancient Egypt, the Near East, Greece and Rome, including Judaism, Christianity, and early Islam.

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SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY

Critical Studies in Sexuality (CSIS) courses and events highlight inter- and transdisciplinary advances in knowledge occurring in the various areas of scholarship pertaining to gender and sexual diversities as these modes of inquiry intersect with the many academic areas studied in the Faculty of Arts and elsewhere.

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