Our program contributes to emerging research examining the systemic barriers to the full societal inclusion of persons with disabilities.
The MA program takes an interdisciplinary approach informed by various academic fields including law, anthropology, health studies, history, geography, economics, education, labour studies, political science, social work, sociology, identity politics, gender studies, and refugee and immigration studies. Theories of human rights form the basis for understanding how existing legal, economic and social rationales for inclusion relate to systemic barriers and oppression.
The program is offered full or part-time to students from a variety of backgrounds, including persons with disabilities engaged in the disability rights movement, government bureaucrats, professionals in the field of disability and people working in non-governmental organizations such as community organizations and advocacy groups.
You’ll have the opportunity to attend refereed conferences, publish in refereed journals and produce op-ed pieces right from your first year.
The PhD, a pioneering program in Canada, offers a comprehensive curriculum covering major scholarly perspectives. It is offered on a full-time basis only
The program structure and environment encourages advanced research, new scholarship and other opportunities to contribute to the field, enabling a multi-disciplinary group of students to explore disability from a critical perspective in relation to social policy, social justice, human rights issues, and social movements in Canada and internationally.
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Graduate & Postdoctoral Professional Skills (GPPS)
The GPPS Career Pathways and Options workshops offer graduate students and postdoctoral fellows support and resources for exploring the versatile career options open to graduates, discovering and communicating their skills and expertise, and planning for the future. We offer training and support tailored to a variety of career paths: the professoriate, academic administration and staff, business, entrepreneurship, non-profits, and government. (Click here for upcoming dates and registration).
OCGS Review Results
We are pleased to announce that the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies (OCGS) has approved the recommendation of the Appraisal Committee that our MA/PhD program be classified as Good Quality - the best possible rating bestowed by OCGS!
Critical Disability Studies doctoral student Yvonne Simpson launched her signature program, RISE— Race, Inclusion, and Supportive Environments— February 9th at York's Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion. Yvonne is the originator of this holistic approach to rights and equity education, and is the founding co-chair of the RISE Committee, along with Associate Professor Lorne Foster of the School of Public Policy and Administration.
Our Masters student, Patricia Kierans has recently been named the 2016-17 recipient of the Tom Arnold Scholarship in Parking Industry Advancement.
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