About this program
Social Justice and Peace Studies
Transform The World: Justice, Peace, Action
As faculty of the Social Justice & Peace Studies and Women Studies programs we recognize the long and on-going history of racism and colonialism across Turtle Island, and within university institutions, including our own. We recognize that racism and colonialism often make university classes unsafe, inaccessible, unfriendly, and unwelcoming to Indigenous and racialized students leading to socio-economic deprivation and exacerbating mental health struggles. SJPS/WS is therefore committed to anti-racism and creating a safe, inclusive environment for all students, in particular our Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour students, whose experiences of racism are not all the same but differ according to their social locations. Your voices, your experiences, your critical insight and your lives matter here. We agree with Ibram Kendi, Angela Davis, and many other racialized scholars, who have insisted that it is not enough to be non-racist, we must strive to be actively anti-racist. We are committed to the long process of dismantling systemic racism and in the immediate future we commit to working with our students towards developing an Action Plan to improve the anti-racist content of our program and champion anti-racist efforts in the university as a whole.
As part of Interdisciplinary Programs the SJPS program is one of the only programs in Canada that combines the study and work of both justice and peace. This program critically examines the root causes of social injustice and violence in society, in our community and in the world. And it innovatively explores alternatives to injustice and violence by focusing on how to build peace and justice. It does this through rigorous academic training, combined with community based learning and numerous optional experiential learning opportunities in the global community. SJPS is the hub at King’s University for engaged, social innovation and active learning in the creation of a more just and peaceful community and world.
Completion of first-year requirements, including the following 2.0 courses with a mark of at least 60%.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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- Introduction to Social Justice and Peace Studies
- Approaches to Social Justice and Peace Studies
- Introduction to Interdisciplinary Qualitative Research Methods
- Special Topics in Social Justice and Peace Studies: Ecology, Spirituality and Justice
- Contemporary First Nations
- Social Activism and Theories of Political Change
- Building Peace in a World of Conflict
- Humanitarianism and Global Justice
- Social Network of Power and Privilege
- Globalization and Citizenship
- Global Networks for Justice
- City Studio: Women in Civic Leadership
- Islam, Justice and Peace
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Exile and Forced Migration
- Justice and Alternative Economic Systems
- Living a Just Life in an Unjust World
- Adv Alt Dispute Resolution
- Religion and Conflict Resolution
- Liberation Theology
- Community-Based Learning
- Contemporary Issues in Social Justice and Peace
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information
Please visit the university website for more information about tuition fees
Academic and practical learning in SJPS will have lifelong application. Students who complete a SJPS degree will be well-prepared, informed and active citizens. Their knowledge, insights and experiences are especially valuable in careers in civic engagement and social innovation, such as law, social work, education, government, medicine, environment, development, the non-profit sector and business. On completion of a degree in SJPS, students will have the following knowledge, skills and experience:
- Analyze systems that give rise to oppression, injustice, and violence
- Investigate strategies to increase justice, social innovation, peace, and conflict resolution
- Recognize contemporary concerns for First Nations in Canada from a variety of perspectives and know how to address these issues
- Propose innovative alternatives to address injustice and violence and apply them to real situations
Skills And Competencies:
- Conflict resolution through non-violent means
- Critical thinking
- How to participate and organize in activism
- Oral presentation skills honed by leading seminars, presentations, public lectures and debates
- Qualitative and quantitative research skills
- Social media
- Strong engagement as global citizens
- Synthesis to bring multiple perspectives together in creative ways
- Teamwork and independent work
- Writing skills in a variety of forms, including critical reflections, policy briefs, blogs, and essays.
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King's University College at The University of Western Ontario
Founded in 1954, King’s University College at Western University is a Catholic, liberal arts university college affiliated with a large, world-class university. King’s students enjoy small classes led by outstanding faculty on a small, beautiful campus while enjoying the experiences...
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