Academic Calendar 2023-2024

Black Studies - General (Arts) - Bachelor of Arts


Subject: Administered by the Department of Gender Studies.
Plan: Consists of 30.00 units as described below.
Program: The Plan, with sufficient electives to total 90.00 units, will lead to a Bachelor of Arts Degree.

Note: Requirements for this program have been modified. Please consult the 2022-2023 Calendar for the previous requirements.

1. Core
A. Complete 6.00 units from the following: 6.00
Black Studies and the Politics of Liberation: An Introduction
Black Feminist Thought: An Introduction
Black Feminist Thought: An Introduction
2. Option
A. Complete 3.00 units from the following course list:3.00
B. Complete 3.00 units from the following course list:3.00
C. Complete 6.00 units from the following course list: 6.00
D. Complete 6.00 units from the following course list: 6.00
E. Complete 6.00 units from the following course list: 6.00
Elective Courses60.00
Total Units90.00

3. Notes 

A. Special Topics courses may be approved for use in this degree plan, with permission of Black Studies Program Director, in the Department of Gender Studies. Examples of Special Topics courses with topic titles that would be relevant to the Black Studies General:

  • ARTH 305 - Topic Title: Global African Diaspora
  • ENGL 471 - Topic Title: Race, Sound and African American Literature 
  • GNDS 410 - Topic Title: Technologies of Blackness and Hip Hop

B. A maximum of 6.00 units from courses offered by other Faculties and Schools may be counted toward the program and/or Plan requirements. This includes courses in BMED, COMM, GLPH, HSCI, LAW, NURS, and courses in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

Black Studies Course Lists

The following list contains courses offered through other Departments. In accordance with Academic Regulation 2.6 (Access to Classes), students do not have enrolment priority in all of these courses. Access to these courses may only be made available during the Open Enrolment period, and then only if space permits.


Black Studies Entry Options
ARTH 305Topics in Modern and Contemporary Art History 13.00
BLCK 280Special Topics in Black Studies3.00
DEVS 363Contemporary Southern Africa: Development Trends and Challenges3.00
ENGL 271Issues and Themes: Special Topics I 13.00
FREN 343Histoire culturelle et littéraire de la francophonie et du Québec3.00
FREN 351Ecrits de la Francophonie3.00
FREN 352Vers de nouveaux récits pour Haïti: Une introduction aux études haïtiennes3.00
GPHY 254The Caribbean in Globalizing World3.00
HIST 216Us Civil War & Reconstruction3.00
HIST 252Africa in the Modern World3.00
HIST 258Slavery in North America from the Colonial Era to 18653.00
HIST 275The African American Experience3.00
HIST 288The Rise of the British Empire3.00
MUTH 375Theatre and Music of Africa and the Diaspora3.00
PHIL 224Africana Philosophy I3.00
POLS 347The Politics of Africa3.00


Black Studies Capstone Options
BLCK 480Special Topics in Black Studies3.00
BLCK 594Independent Study3.00
ENGL 446Topics in Literature of the Americas I 13.00
ENGL 471Topics in Modern/Contemporary American Literature I 13.00
ENGL 476Topics in Postcolonial Literature I 13.00
GNDS 410Special Topics in Gender Studies 13.00
GNDS 427Towards the Human: Race and the Politics of Expression3.00
POLS 466Politics of War in Africa3.00


Black Studies Intermediate Options
BLCK 360Globalization and Black Health3.00
BLCK 380Special Topics in Black Studies3.00
GNDS 212Racism, Colonialism and Resistance3.00
GNDS 326Gender Diaspora and the Arts3.00
GNDS 330Gender and the Global South3.00
GNDS 375Queer/Race Studies3.00
GNDS 432Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Politics3.00
GPHY 370Special Topics in Human Geography 13.00
HIST 207Global Indigenous Histories3.00
HIST 285Latin America to 1850: The Colonial Experience3.00
HLTH 350Topics in Global Health 13.00
PHIL 276Critical Perspective on Social Diversity3.00
PHIL 324Africana Philosophy II3.00
POLS 436Race and U.S. Politics3.00
RELS 332Race, Ethnicity, and Religion3.00


Black Studies General Options
ARTH 226Modern Arts in a Globalizing World3.00
ARTH 234Introduction to African Arts3.00
DEVS 100Canada and the "Third World"6.00
DEVS 220Introduction to Indigenous Studies3.00
DEVS 221Indigenous Studies II - Resistance and Resurgence3.00
DEVS 240Culture and Development3.00
DEVS 260Globalization, Gender, and Development3.00
DEVS 355AIDS, Power, and Poverty3.00
DEVS 359Migrations, Refugees and Development3.00
ENGL 466Topics in Modern/Contemporary Canadian Literature I 13.00
GNDS 445Feminist and Queer Ethnography3.00
GPHY 228Geographies of the Global Political Economy3.00
GPHY 336Geography, the Environment and Human Health3.00
GPHY 365Geography, Development, and Environment in the 'Third World'3.00
HIST 206The United States in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 1868-19203.00
HLTH 101Social Determinants of Health3.00
INDG 301Indigenous Ways of Knowing 13.00
LLCU 206Rebel Cities3.00
LLCU 209Rio de Janeiro: the Marvelous City3.00
LLCU 244Hips Don't Lie?: Music and Culture in Latin America3.00
PHIL 318Philosophy of Law3.00
POLS 320Indigenous Politics3.00
POLS 400Seminar in Political Science 13.00
POLS 456Theories of Identity Politics3.00
RELS 163Popular Culture and Religion3.00
RELS 296Islam in Canada3.00
SOCY 235Race and Racialization3.00
SOCY 406Walls to Bridges - Socio-Legal Issues3.00
PHIL 406Walls to Bridges - Socio-Legal Issues3.00
SOCY 407Walls to Bridges - Philosophical Issues3.00
PHIL 407Walls to Bridges - Philosophical Issues3.00


Black Studies Breadth Options
BIOL 110Human Genetics and Evolution3.00
BIOL 411Global Change Biology3.00
BIOL 432Computation and Big Data in Biology3.00
CLST 350Greek Perspectives on Ethnicity and Indigeneity3.00
COMM 356Diversity and Inclusion in Organizations3.00
EMPR 260Advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Workplace3.00
ENGL 34919th-Century Transatlantic Literature6.00
ENGL 375American Literature6.00
ENSC 103Environment and Sustainability3.00
ENSC 200Environmental History3.00
ENSC 315Sustainable Food Systems3.00
ENSC 321Environmental Justice in Global Context3.00
FILM 343Speculative Media Studies: Fictions, Fans, and Franchises3.00
FILM 388Indigenous Film and Media3.00
GNDS 120Women, Gender, Difference3.00
GNDS 125Gender, Race and Popular Culture3.00
GNDS 360Masculinities: Cross Cultural Perspectives3.00
GNDS 421Gender and Poverty3.00
GPHY 227Cities: Geography, Planning and Urban Life3.00
GPHY 229Place, Space, Culture and Social Life3.00
GPHY 338Urban Political Geography3.00
GPHY 352Gender and the City3.00
GPHY 362Human Migration3.00
HIST 259Islamophobia: Crusades to the Present3.00
HLTH 334Health, Illness, and Society3.00
INDG 302Indigenous Theories and Methodologies: Learning through Indigenous Worldviews3.00
INDG 401In Community Capstone: Research and Relationships6.00
LLCU 110Linguistic Diversity and Identity3.00
LLCU 205The Cultures of a Nation3.00
LLCU 301Oral Tradition and Innovation in Cultural Transmission3.00
PHIL 256Existentialism3.00
POLS 358Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Capitalism3.00
POLS 459Anarchist Politics, or the Art of Not Being Governed3.00
RELS 232Religion and Social Movements3.00
SOCY 284Sociology of Information and Communication Technology3.00
SOCY 363Science, Technology and Society3.00
SOCY 422Advanced Studies in Communication and Information Technology3.00