Putting social justice at the centre.

The aim of the Social Justice Studies (SJS) diploma program is to provide students with a thorough understanding of the range of ways in which scholars, researchers and students address and engage with issues surrounding social inequities and injustices in the contemporary world. SJS will provide students with a strong foundation for understanding and researching social justice issues from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

The most compelling reason to complete SJS is for its intrinsic value. We live in a world in crisis, a world facing enormous socio-political and ecological challenges. SJS provides critical perspectives on these challenges and on the possibilities for moving beyond unjust and unsustainable ways of life. Whatever one's vocational or academic aspirations, SJS furnishes a common ground for understanding our troubled world and exploring alternative futures.

SJS also offers considerable practical value. Our program is designed to complement and enhance a students’ undergraduate education. The SJS program will not only deepen and broaden your understanding of social and political issues, it will strengthen your qualifications for a great range of graduate programs, professional schools and occupations. The emphasis within SJS on experiential learning, including SJS 400B, promotes both personal growth and development of practical skills.

Combined with a disciplinary Major, a Minor or Diploma in Social Justice Studies will very likely broaden career opportunities while improving the effectiveness of advocacy work or social activism in areas such as human rights, community development, environmental protection, inter-cultural communication, conflict resolution and development in the global south.

Program outcomes

The Social Justice Studies diploma will provide students with a thorough understanding of the range of ways in which scholars, researchers and activists address and engage with issues surrounding social injustices and initiatives promoting social justice in the contemporary world.

The program will also:

  • create an interdisciplinary and diverse field of study
  • give attention to both the global and the local
  • place emphasis on theory as well as practice: understanding the world but also working to change it for the better
  • show concern with the practices that promote social justice and the conditions that perpetuate social injustice
  • empower students to recognize and support the empowerment of others

Courses

Core (required) courses

  1. SJS 100: Introduction to Theories of Social Justice (1.5 units).Normally, students complete SJS 100 first, but SJS 100 and SJS 200 may be taken in either order, or concurrently. SJS 100 and SJS 200 are interdisciplinary team-taught courses.
  2. SJS 200: Introduction to the Practice of Social Justice (1.5 units).Normally, students complete SJS 100 first, but SJS 100 and SJS 200 may be taken in either order, or concurrently. SJS 100 and SJS 200 are interdisciplinary team-taught courses.
  3. SJS 400A: Seminar in Social Justice Studies (1.5 units)
  4. Six elective courses (9.0 units), selected from the list of approved elective courses.
  5. Optional Practicum: SJS 400B: Practicing Social Justice in the Field (1.5) or 1 additional elective course (1.5 units), selected from the list of approved elective courses. The practicum will give students hands-on practical experience in civic and community engagement and involves a 50-hour placement along with weekly attendance in a concurrent on-campus course.

Elective courses and practicum

In addition to the core course requirements, students must complete six elective courses (9.0 units), selected from the list of approved elective courses.

Students must also complete either the optional practicum SJS 400B: Practicing Social Justice in the Field (1.5) or 1 additional elective course (1.5 units), selected from the list of approved elective courses. The practicum will give students hands-on practical experience in civic and community engagement and involves a 50 hour placement along with weekly attendance in a concurrent on-campus course.

Elective course requirement notes:

A minimum of three units must be selected from each of the two designated areas of Social Justice Studies:

No more than three units from any one department or school may be counted for credit towards the diploma.

Admission and completion requirements

Admission requirements

Program admission is non-competitive and applications are accepted year-round.

To apply to the program you must generally have one of the following:

  • registration in a concurrent academic program at UVic
  • a previous Bachelor's degree
  • successful completion of at least two years of post-secondary education and experience working in the area of social justice

However, if you do not meet these requirements, we encourage you to explore your admission options with the Program Director.

Completion requirements

This program involves successful completion of 10 courses (15.0 units): four core (required) courses and six electives. The program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.

For students looking to fast-track through the program, the diploma can be completed in eight months with full-time study between September and April. Concurrent undergraduate students who enter the program with acceptable core and elective courses already completed can complete the program in as little as one term!

Estimated fees

Description Fee
Program application fee $150.00
UVic application fee $71.75
Four required courses ($536.76 per course) $2,147.04
Six elective courses ($536.76 per course) $3,220.56
Additional UVSS and other miscellaneous fees may apply. $0.00
Estimated Total $5,589.35*
*IMPORTANT NOTE:
Fees listed in this section are only an estimate. Total program fees will vary depending on course selections, student fees, textbooks and taxes.

Application dates

Starting in
September 2016
Availability
Accepting Applications
Delivery Style
Face to face
Apply by
Aug. 1, 2016
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How to apply

Application is a two-step process:

  1. Complete an online application to the Social Justice Studies diploma program.
  2. Submit an application to UVic using the My UVic online application.

Program applications are accepted year-round. New applicants to UVic should note that application process times can vary and, as such, we encourage you to apply to UVic three to four months before the start of the term in which you intend to begin studies. Please note that the Social Justice Studies program is not responsible for processing times of applications through UVic Admissions.