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ETHNIC AND PLURALISM STUDIES at the University of Toronto offers students with interests in ethnic and pluralism studies the opportunity to widen their horizons – to expand their knowledge beyond a single disciplinary base, and to take advantage of the wealth and diversity of academic resources available at the University of Toronto – a great university situated in a large and culturally-cosmopolitan city.
Students may also take advantage of special lectures, conferences, and workshops sponsored by the Robert F. Harney Professorship and Program in Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies. These events bring eminent researchers and practitioners from around the world to enhance the research community at the University of Toronto.
Who can participate?
Ethnic and Pluralism Studies is a collaborative graduate program. It is open only to students who have been admitted to and enrolled in a Master’s or Doctoral program in one of the collaborating graduate units.
The list of those units is as follows:
Anthropology, Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CERES), Geography, History, Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources (CIRHR), Nursing, Political Science, Religion, School of Public Policy and Governance (SPPG), Social Work, Sociology, Humanities, Social Sciences and Social Justice Education (HSSSJE), Leadership, Higher and Adult Education (LHAE), and Women and Gender Studies Institute (WGSI).
See below for a list of faculty members on the EPS Faculty Advisory Committee.
(NOTE: Students from other graduate units at the University of Toronto may also participate upon special approval by the Program Director).
Upon successfully completing the requirements, in addition to a Master’s or a Doctoral degree in their disciplines, students will receive a specialization noted on their transcripts as “Completed Collaborative Program in Ethnic and Pluralism Studies.” EPS does not itself grant degrees.
How to PARTICIPATE
Upon successful admission to one of the collaborating graduate units listed above, students become AUTOMATICALLY eligible to join the Ethnic and Pluralism Studies program (I.e. we do not have a separate application review).
To finalize the process:
- The student should contact the Ethnic and Pluralism Studies program administrator by e-mail to express their wish to join the program. (The student may also ask their graduate administrator to contact us on their behalf).
- The EPS program administrator will e-mail the student a form (contact information and a brief intent of study) to be returned completed and saved in PDF.
- The Ethnic and Pluralism Studies office will send a formal notification of acceptance to the home graduate unit and to the School of Graduate Studies.
- The student’s status on ROSI will reflect the fact that she/he has been accepted into the Ethnic and Pluralism Studies Collaborative Program.
At the MASTER’S level:
- TWO 0.5 courses in ethnicity from two different disciplines, chosen from the list of approved courses. At least one of the two courses will be in a discipline other than the one in which the student is enrolled.
- Coordinating seminar in ethnicity (JTH3000H – see below) offered in the Fall semester and taught by the program director.
- When a practicum is required for the completion of a Master’s degree, it will focus on ethnicity.
- The major paper or thesis, as required by the graduate unit, will be in the area of ethnic studies.
At the DOCTORAL level:
- FOUR 0.5 courses in ethnicity, from at least two different disciplines, chosen from the list of approved courses. Courses taken for the Master’s degree may be counted toward this requirement, upon approval by the Program Director. At least two of the courses will be in disciplines other than the one in which the student is enrolled.
- Coordinating seminar in ethnicity (JTH3000H – see below) offered in the Fall semester and taught by the program director (students who have taken this course for the Master’s degree do not need to repeat it).
- When the student’s graduate unit requires more than one comprehensive examination, one of the examinations will be in ethnicity. When there are no comprehensive examinations but an examination on the thesis proposal is required, the examination will focus on ethnicity, and in all cases the thesis will be on subject matter dealing with ethnicity.
- A PhD thesis will focus on ethnicity; the supervisor of the thesis committee will be a specialist in the area of ethnicity.
JTH3000H “Ethnic Relations Theory, Research and Policy”
- Collaborative Program Required Seminar Course, offered in the Fall term
- Taught by Program Director, Professor Jeffrey Reitz in Fall 2013
- Location : SW702 in Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work building, 246 Bloor Street W, 7th Floor
- Time: Mondays 4-6pm
- Course description and weekly Class slides
Students should consult the 2013-2014 EPS Approved List of Courses in order to fulfill their course requirements.
Note1: not all courses on this list are necessarily available in the current year. Students should contact the individual graduate unit’s office for the most up-to-date information on course offerings.
Note 2: Courses not on this list may be approved on a special basis by the Program Director. Such a course must 1) be taught by a full-time graduate faculty member and 2) have two thirds of its content in the area of ethnic studies and/or interethnic relations. Students can send in their suggestion for review to the Program Director (they can also contact the Program Administrator) with the course syllabus and the weekly description of its content.
Useful Awards information
Our program does not offer financial assistance but students may apply to various SGS grants to study and/or attend conferences abroad. Please see the SGS Travel and Conference Awards page.
To discuss these matters, please contact a member of the EPS faculty advisory committee or the EPS program administrator.
Faculty advisory committee
Baker, Michael – Department of Economics
Bhuyan, Rupaleem – Faculty of Social Work
Fong, Eric – Department of Sociology
Gastaldo, Denise – Faculty of Nursing
Hillewaert, Sarah – Department of Anthropology
Iacovetta, Franca – Department of History
Joshee, Reva – Leadership, Higher and Adult Education
Korteweg, Anna – Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
Macklin, Audrey – Faculty of Law and School of Public Policy and Governance
Mahtani, Minelle – Department of Geography
McElhinny, Bonnie – Women and Gender Studies (WGSI)
Mittermaier, Amira – Department of Religion
Razack, Sherene – Humanities, Social Sciences and Social Justice Education (HSSSJE)
Reitz, Jeffrey – Department of Sociology
Triadafilopoulos, Phil – Department of Political Science
Troper, Harold – OISE
Verma, Anil – Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources (CIRHR)