DSocSci Student Presentations

12:00PM to 1:30PM March 15, 2017
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Please join us on Wednesday, March 15 for three Roads to Research presentations from the March 2017 Doctor of Social Sciences cohort. Light refreshments will be served.

The presentation abstracts are as follows:

Ranjana Basu

Linking Animals, Social Justice, and Social Work

The research will address the social problem of speciesism. Moral philosophy identifies this as a social justice issue. Feminist intersectional analysis, empirical studies tying negative attitudes towards animals to discrimination towards humans, and literature linking abuse of animals to violence towards humans all indicate that reshaping animal-human relations is important for the well-being of both animals and humans.

This study seeks to contribute to this re-shaping process by raising the awareness of speciesism among social workers – a group likely to be responsive to issues of social justice. Driven by Nibert’s theory of oppression, participatory action research will be used to produce localized ideological change. The research will build knowledge of how to meaningfully engage animals in research about them. It also has the potential to change social work policy regarding human-animal relations and promote inclusion of this issue in social work education and practice.

Marie Mihalicz

PICKING UP OUR MEDICINE BUNDLES in a Modern Day Context. Enhancing Indigenous Youth Mental Health: A Collaborative Community Approach and Pilot Peer Team Intervention Process within an Indigenous Paradigm

Let the Healing Begin

Our northern villages continue to experience tremendous loss due to teen suicide, which is compounded with the history of residential school trauma. Access to quality evidence-based mental health treatment is limited for Northern Saskatchewan’s vulnerable population; especially youth. Where access is available today, services are delivered through a medical model which is not working.

Opportunity lies in the fact that the solutions lie in our communities!

Marie’s dissertation stems from an Indigenous paradigm based on building capacity through a collaborative community healing intervention process and unique collective peer leadership approach. In the three phases of her research she will design a program, implement, and evaluate with and through the perspective of community participants."

Nancy Paris

Exploration of Diaspora Information Seeking Behaviour Engaged in Design

Health is fundamental to human development and, along with education and income, a long and healthy life is considered one of the key factors of the Human Development Index.  The World Health Organization recognizes medical devices as an essential component of healthcare. Simply stated a healthy life depends on access to medical devices. A need exists for the development of medical devices that will work in low resource settings such as rural communities in developing countries. Medical device developers understand that user interaction is critical to successful designs however it’s common for designers to be unable to directly interact with end users in low resource settings.  The diaspora may be an important source of knowledge for medical device developers.  My research will explore the potential for the diaspora to inform the design process and the possible pitfalls such an approach might have.