WELCOME TO HSSSJE
The Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Social Justice Education (HSSSJE) is an intellectual community committed to producing and advancing knowledge on social justice education in Canada and beyond. We understand social justice education as a robust term, allowing for diverse meanings and methodologies.
Its graduate program is concerned with both theoretical and empirical problems regarding in/equity in educational spaces, broadly conceived. Faculty and students approach their inquiries from disciplinary (e.g., anthropology, history, philosophy, political science, or sociology) and/or interdisciplinary (e.g., anti-colonial, critical race, disability, feminist, francophone, indigenity, indigenous, or queer) perspectives. They focus on identifying new relationships and making connections by asking significant questions about social justice education within and across disciplines. Hence, they foreground research and teaching in social justice education, pursued through the analytical and empirical tools from the humanities and social sciences.
The department’s vision is to enable both graduate students and initial teacher education students to explore questions, such as “What was, what is, and what should be the relationship between education and society?” and “What kinds of knowledge do educators need to answer those questions?” The department aims to provide students with the academic knowledge and skills necessary to engage and raise questions of critical importance to educational theories and practices, and their relationship to individuals, communities, and societies.
Monica Heller is elected President (2013-15) of the American Anthropological Association, the world's largest academic society for anthropologists.
John P. Portelli is the recipient of the 2013 OISE David E. Hunt Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching.
Alison Prentice (Professor Emerita) is appointed Member of the Order of Canada in 2013. (Photo by Sgt Ronald Duchesne)