Courses focused on Black Canadians & Space

See the list below for courses that focus on Black Canadians and Black space(s) across Canada…

(F= Fall-term 2021; S=Winter-term 2022)

Boys with wheelbarrows in the streets of Amherstburg, Ontario [ca. 1895]
Alvin D. McCurdy fonds, Reference Code: F 2076, Box D-4
Archives of Ontario, I0027816

GGR199H1-F – Race, Conflict, and the Urban Landscape (J. Hackworth)

This course will focus on how racial conflict affects the size, shape, composition, and landscape of cities. It will emphasize Canadian and American cities, but other international examples will be discussed for comparison. Ethno-racial conflict has been, and continues to be, an important force on cities throughout the world. Course topics will include housing and employment discrimination, ethno-racial uprisings, and inequality. 


HIS265Y1-Y – Black Canadian History (F. Aladejebi)

This course explores the historical experiences of persons of African descent in Canada. We begin by examining the presence of free and enslaved Africans in New France and British North America move into twentieth century themes exploring Black liberation, immigration and resistance in Canada. The course brings into sharp focus the historical production of racial categories and racist thought and practice in Canada and examines the experiences of Black Canadians within the context of ‘multiculturalism.’


CDN335H1-F – Black Canadian Studies

An interdisciplinary course that interrogates the constitution of blackness in Canada. Students will study race and ethnic relations, alongside other identity formations such as class, gender and sexuality. Topics to be addressed include media, education, law, immigration and mobility, urbanism, work, political representation and the arts.


ENG356Y1-Y – African Canadian Literature (G. Clarke)

Black Canadian Literature (poetry, drama, fiction, non-fiction) from its origin in the African Slave Trade in the eighteenth century to its current flowering as the expression of immigrants, exiles, refugees, ex-slave-descended, and colonial-settler-established communities. Pertinent theoretical works, films, and recorded music are also considered.


WGS390H1-S – Land-ing: Indigenous and Black Futurist Spaces (TBD)

Students are invited to think through the relationships between Indigenous and Afro-futurist concepts of land. This class will engage Indigenous feminist and Black queer and feminist theories of land and space, linking them to Afrofuturist and Indigenous futurist thought. We explore various texts in relation to emergent methodologies, decolonial desires, and love and radical relationalities.


This project is supported by the Learning & Education Advancement Fund at the University of Toronto

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