The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies offers students the opportunity to explore significant social issues through research and critical methodologies from several disciplines. Criminology, Indigenous Studies, Social Work, and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies coalesce to promote academic and professional training in criminality, the law, social justice, community sustenance, indigeneity and gender roles and development. The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies is committed to social justice education. Our mission is to generate and transmit knowledge through multi and interdisciplinary study, innovative pedagogies, and community service. Students in our courses deepen their understanding and appreciation of the complexities of research and study, and learn to apply their education to their own experiences of social phenomena and problems.
Disciplines in the department
Examine crime as both an individual and social phenomenon. Courses focus on causes and consequences of crime, victimization, delinquency and deviance, as well as response to crime in the criminal justice system. Engage with topics like Canadian law and legal institutions, human rights and ethical issues confronting professionals in the criminal an associated justice systems.
Indigenous Studies courses focus on Indigenous oral histories, kinship, economics, community life, spiritual relationships and ways of knowing. Study offers a holistic understanding of Indigenous peoples, their perspective and politics, as well as their past and present.
Gender is an influential organizing feature in all human society. Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies (GSWS) addresses questions related to gender through an interdisciplinary perspective that includes law, political science, health, and media. If you want to obtain a global understanding of race, class, gender, sexuality, feminism and ethnicity, consider enrolling in some of Okanagan College’s wide variety of GSWS courses.
Studies in Social Work explore topics in poverty, inequality and effecting social change. The learning environment focuses on issues related to social justice, health, family and children. Learn how social workers intervene effectively and facilitate positive change for oppressed and marginalized groups. Social Work courses at Okanagan College are a comprehensive introduction to the role social workers play in formulating policies and developing programs that address oppression and social injustice.
Associate of Arts, Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Emphasis
Diploma in Criminal Social Justice
The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies offers courses in Criminology, Indigenous Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, as well as Social Work.
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