Equity Studies: Equality and Social Justice

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How might courses in Equity Studies help you in your everyday life? Consider the number of events that you encounter in a day at home, at work, with friends and often with complete strangers in which you are not sure that you or someone else has acted fairly or equitably. Consider how inequality is woven into social relations whether at the level of individual, group, community, nation, or global level. Principles of equality and fairness are as important and as applicable when dealing with your child, your spouse, your co-worker, your friends, employer, or employee as they are with people around the world and non-human animals about whom you know little and whom you may never encounter again.

As you have likely experienced, questions about how to treat others are complicated both within institutions and in individual encounters when rules of fairness may not accommodate, for example, those who have been historically and systematically denied the benefits others take for granted such as those with disabilities, First Nations peoples, people living in poverty, or sexual minorities.

The foundation course for Equity Studies, Equality in Context, takes up various approaches to equality and fairness as well as ways these approaches may fail. Other courses in Equity Studies consider how to understand equality and fairness in order to act equitably and fairly with people with disabilities, and to notice how principles may differentially affect people depending on their gender, sexuality, and differences in ethnicity, skin color, and species or nation-to-nation/global relations.