Certificate in Black Canadian Studies - ASCER0828

The Certificate in Black Canadian Studies will provide students with an opportunity to study and research the social construction of race in Canada, with a focus on Black Canada and Black Canadians, past and present. This will include attending to structural and systemic discrimination in areas including politics, judicial systems, and the arts, as well as considering counter-narratives and forms of resistance and empowerment enacted by Black Canadian communities. This certificate also offers a specialization that considers the historical roots and contemporary implications of anti-Black racism, as well as movements that are building towards social equity, and future imaginings. While this certificate addresses local and national contexts, it also situates diasporic and transnational frameworks for understanding Blackness in Canada. As a result, the certificate also examines a comparative approach to meaning-making and belonging in solidarity with other forms of racism and oppression.

This is an open enrolment Certificate. A student who has completed 4.0 credits may enrol in the Certificate.

(2.5 credits)

  1. HIS265Y1
  2. 0.5 credit from CAR429H1/​ CDN335H1/​ CSE347H1/​ ENG356Y1/​ WGS390H1
  3. 1.0 additional credit, either from courses not already taken to fulfill Requirement 2, or from any of the following:


  • An elective course (maximum of 1.0 credit) dealing with some aspect of Black Canadian Studies not captured in the above list may be accepted with approval of the Canadian Studies program director at University College.
  • Where applicable, students may also count up to 0.5 credit from courses at UTM and UTSC towards the certificate, in accordance with the regulations of the Faculty of Arts & Science and those at UTM and UTSC, and with approval of the Canadian Studies program director at University College.
  • Effective Fall 2021, courses associated with New (NEW) College's African Studies, Caribbean Studies, and Critical Studies in Equity and Solidarity programs will have the new "AFR," "CAR," and "CSE" designators respectively. In addition, courses associated with Innis (INI) College's Urban Studies program will have the new "URB" designator.