We live in a world facing enormous socio-political and ecological challenges. Social justice programs can provide critical perspectives on these challenges and on the possibilities for moving beyond injustices and inequalities. Social justice education can help to provide a critical promotion of social justice initiatives in the contemporary world. It furnishes a common ground for understanding our troubled world and exploring alternative futures, no matter what your vocational or academic aspirations. You’ll also learn from and interact with like-minded people in your classes— small classes, big experiences!
The Diploma in Social Justice Studies program provides critical perspectives on these challenges and on the possibilities for moving beyond unjust and unsustainable ways of life through social policy and social change. It is an interdisciplinary program and draws on a wide range of undergraduate credit courses from the Faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences, Human and Social Development and Education at UVic. It can be taken as a stand-alone credential or concurrently with an undergraduate degree. Depending on the time you can devote to your studies, the program may be completed on a full-time (1–2 years) or part-time (2–4 years) basis. If you are an undergraduate student, you can complete a Minor in Social Justice Studies. Visit the UVic Social Justice Studies Minor Program website for further information.
The Diploma program will:
The Diploma in Social Justice Studies program involves completion of 12 university credit courses (18 units) including 4.5 units of core courses and 13.5 units of electives (9 courses). You have the option of taking the practicum or substituting a 1.5 unit elective at the 300 or 400 level, chosen from a list of electives. You will have the opportunity to have hands-on practical experience in civic and community engagement.
Please note that course descriptions for core and elective offerings can be found in the UVic Calendar. For information on scheduling please visit the University of Victoria Timetable and Course Listing or access the timetable through MyPage once you are admitted and authorized for the Social Justice Program.