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Exploring Human Dimensions

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How can we understand the nature of humanity? How can we affect human health?

Exploring human dimensions cuts across several faculties, schools, and departments at Queen’s — from the social sciences and humanities to the health sciences.

In exploring the human mind, we ask profound, fundamentally human questions and develop critical insight into the working of society and culture.

By studying the dynamics of human behaviour, we provide a foundation for exploring the social dimensions of populations and communities and the study of learned systems of understanding.

Through interdisciplinary and collaborative work around understanding the human condition, we advance human health and well-being.

Spotlight: Margaret Little examines the struggles of Canadian women living in poverty
Spotlight: Mark Rosenberg investigates the relationships between such vulnerable populations and access to services


Our humanities and social sciences programs, including drama, art, music and cultural studies, explore the nature of human creativity through the examination and analysis of texts, restoration of works of art, critical evaluation of elements of modern culture, theory-informed study of past human activity, and the creation of new knowledge, art, and performance.

In our exploration of health, wellness, disease, and aging, increasing emphasis is being given to key and emerging ethical questions that arise in the relationships among life sciences, biotechnology, health, politics, law, and philosophy. These questions have propelled the rise of interdisciplinary research around improving human health and well-being.

Spotlight: Wendy Craig explores issues of bullying
Spotlight: Meredith Chivers explores gender and sexuality
Spotlight: Michael Green designs culturally sensitive care
Spotlight: Heather Stuart explores mental health and stigma
Spotlight: Udo Schuklenk navigates the bioethics around end-of-life decision-making

Centres/Institutes focused in this area include: TECH VALUE NET, which works to improve the care of seriously ill, elderly patients; The Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research, which addresses the health requirements of the military, veterans and their families.

Queen’s researchers are also examining health and obesity, gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS, health economics, health and social service integration, reproductive and genetic engineering, reproductive ethics and social policy, and health and climate implications of urbanization. The research undertaken in these programs is essential to improving a wide range of aspects of both individual and social health, including that of the world’s most vulnerable populations and communities.