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.