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Intersectionality, Inequity, and Public Health

Course Number
5100 (Social and Behavioural Health Science)
Course Instructor(s)
Roberta K. Timothy

Course Description

Intersectionality researchers emphasize the need to consider complex interactions between structures of power and oppression and interconnected aspects of individual and group identity and social location. In this course, students will be introduced to the historical and theoretical underpinnings of intersectionality scholarship. Key areas of health inequity research informed by intersectionality will be critically discussed. Students will also be exposed to key methods literature and learn about different ways of ‘doing’ intersectionality in public health research and practice.

Course Objectives

Student completing this course will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Knowledge of key foundational work with focused attention to Kimberle Crenshaw,
    Patricia Hill Collins and bell hooks
  2. Understanding of conceptual and methodological challenges when using intersectionality
  3. Evaluation of current applications of intersectionality in fields of health inequity, health
    policy and public health
  4. Ability to apply intersectionality to areas of health research
  5. Appreciation for current critiques of intersectionality

Methods of Assessment

To Be Announced.

General Requirements

Student completing this course will be able to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of key theories and frameworks in intersectionality research (knowledge)
  • Ability to apply this knowledge when analyzing issues of health inequity (application)