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M.A. in Leadership, Ecology and Equity

School of Leadership, Ecology and Equity 

Compulsory Courses

  • HUM5101 - Leadership and Theories of Change

    Critical analysis of contemporary leadership challenges (shared vision, teamwork, conflicts, etc.) and examination of the role played by leadership in various theories of social change. Exploration of effective leadership practices for achieving social justice in diverse social and organizational contexts.

  • HUM5121 - Transformative Leadership and Spiritualities

    Study of approaches and methods of spirituality as a fundamental experience of lived faith and meaning-making. Exploring spirituality as an important source of activism and social justice. Learning to lead from an articulated understanding of spirituality consistent with the student’s personal values and meaning of their work.

  • HUM5123 - Integral Ecology

    Study of integral ecology: ecological literacy; interconnected facets of economics, poverty creation, structural injustices and ecological degradation; links between cultural and biological diversity.

  • HUM5124 - Equity, Justice and Ecological Issues

    Understanding social justice. Study of the specific links between social and ecological problems with insights from ecojustice, climate justice, environmental racism, ecofeminism and The Earth Charter (2000).

  • HUM5301 - Integration Project

    Individualized learning activity fostering the integrate of theory and practice: research project, research-creation project, internship with report, workplace mentoring with report, etc. Evaluation of course content integration.

    Graded S/NS.

    Prerequisites: HUM5101, HUM5121, HUM5123 and HUM5124

Optional Courses

  • HUM5103 - Nonviolence, Peace and Ecological Movements

    Study of the interrelationship between nonviolence, peace and ecology in various contexts (e.g., creative, grassroots, social, political). Focus on the challenges that conflict, violence and peace pose for ethical action in the world. Explores current issues related to nonviolence, peace and ecological movements in dialogue with social justice frameworks.

  • HUM5104 - Indigenous Spiritualities, Decolonization and Leadership

    Study of Indigenous knowledge about spirituality and inclusive and interconnected leadership practices. Exploration of Indigenous ways of knowing, including intellectual and spiritual traditions and relationships to the living world. Implications for decolonizing settler societies.

  • HUM5114 - Leadership, Gender and Feminisms

    Study of the role of gender and its intersection with other identities in leadership. Critical and reflexive engagement with power structures through global feminist theories. Creative and democratizing approaches to transform collective beliefs, practices and policies.

  • HUM5115 - Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

    Overview of the main diversity markers (e. g. culture, race, religion, age, social class, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, capacity) and power relations that define people as “others” in organizational settings. Explores strategies to challenge discrimination and foster diversity and inclusion in a transformative way.

  • HUM5122 - Collaborative Leadership and Group Dynamics

    Theoretical perspectives of group dynamics related to the practice of collaborative leadership and the development of skills for group facilitation and team leadership (including interpersonal communication and conflict resolution). Various methods, learning styles, growth processes and approaches explored for a variety of contexts.

  • HUM5125 - Worldviews and Ecology

    Exploration of historical, ecological, cultural and religious worldviews and their implications for the development of leadership and communities. Analysis of social contexts, cultural perspectives, social change in contemporary global settings with reference to social justice frameworks and socio-historical structures.

  • HUM5128 - Ecofeminisms

    Ecological-feminism represents the ideological connection between women and nature, the material constrains of the sexual division of labour, and the joining of the ecological and feminist movements around the world. This course discusses these associations, the development and debates within global ecofeminism, and the efforts to connect gender and environmental theories, activism and justice.

  • HUM5129 - Indigenous Sovereignties, Land Protection and Governance

    Studies of indigenous knowledge linked to ancestral and contemporary modes of governance. Exploring epistemologies linked to the relationship with the land and the living, and study of the challenges associated with the implementation of self-determination in colonial contexts.

  • HUM5304 - Special Topics in Leadership, Ecology and Equity

    In-depth study of selected topics and contemporary issues in leadership, ecology and equity.

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  • HUM5305 - Directed Readings

    Individual course related to the study of a student’s particular topic in the fields of leadership, ecology and equity.

Thesis Option

  • HUM5102 - Research Methods in Leadership, Ecology and Equity

    Exploration of research methods in the fields of leadership, ecology and equity. Critical assessment of the frameworks and orientations of methods and their practical applications. Providing students with the tools to develop a thesis project.

  • HUM7999 - Master’s Thesis

    The master’s thesis, about 100-120 pages long, must show that the student can work independently and in a rigorously scientific manner.

    Prerequisite: HUM5102 Research Methods in Leadership, Ecology and Equity.