Social Justice & Community Studies

Social Justice and Community Studies (SJCS)

Department Mission

The Department of Social Justice and Community Studies provides students with strong interdisciplinary training to promote social responsibility and the development of active citizens.  Specifically, the Department fosters intersectional knowledge around issues such as gender and sexuality; Indigeneity and Indigenous-settler relations; citizenship and status; race and critical whiteness; and economic and other material resources, in order to build stronger institutional relationships with and among Indigenous peoples, African Nova Scotians, and diverse settler and immigrant peoples. 

The Department’s range of courses leading to both major and minor concentrations, as well as an honours degree, enriched by SJCS program options in other departments (Atlantic Canada Studies, English, History, Religious Studies), provide students with the knowledge necessary to engage in problem solving and public deliberation in a range of complex social issues. 


Electives 

Students seeking an elective may take a Social Justice and Community Studies course at the 1000 level and (with the prerequisite) 2000 level.  Students who have completed the 1000 level credit hours may register for 3000 level courses in Social Justice and Community Studies to complete a degree requirement for an elective at the 3000 level.


Degree Requirements

Social Justice and Community Studies courses at the 2000 or 3000 level can satisfy a degree requirement in the Arts Faculty, the Sobey School of Business and the Faculty of Science.


 

Major in Social Justice and Community Studies

To complete a major in Social Justice and Community Studies (SJCS), a student must obtain at least thirty-nine (39) credit hours as follows:

SJCS 1211 Social Power Relations (minimum grade C)
ENGL 1100 Composition or ENGL 1205: Introduction to Literature
SJCS 2000 Canadian Society and Social Justice
SJCS 2100 Community Organizing
● 3 credit hours from list:

o RELS 2333 Gender, Sexuality and Religion Today
o ENGL 2513 Introduction to Indigenous Literature
o ENGL 2261 Postcolonial Literature
o HIST 2346 Black Heritage in Maritime Canada

● 6 credit hours at SJCS 3000 level
● 9 credit hours from SJCS 3000 and above, these credits may include;

  • ACST 3321: African Nova Scotian Culture
  • ENGL 3791 Literatures of the Black Atlantic [ACST 3791] o
  • HIST 3470: The British Black Atlantic [ACST 3470]
  • HIST 3475: Indigenous and Settler Histories
  • RELS 4320: Religion, Race and Gender. 

● 3 credit hours from either of the following:

o SJCS 4370 Multiculturalism: Theory and Practice
o SJCS 4739 Transnational Community Organizing

● 6 credit hours at SJCS 4000 level

Minor in Social Justice and Community Studies

To complete a minor in Social Justice and Community Studies (SJCS), a student must obtain at least 

twenty-four (24)credit hours in SJCS, including the following six credit hours:  

SJCS 1211: Social Power Relations (prerequisite for all SJCS courses; equivalent to SOCI 1211)
SJCS 2000: Canadian Society and Social Justice

Students must also complete 18 credit hours from the following list:

SJCS 2100: Community Organizing
SJCS 3220: Race, Racism and Colonialism
SJCS 3408: Urban Sociology
SJCS 3508: Corporate Crime
SJCS 3608: Forms of Servitude
SJCS 4370: Multiculturalism in Canada and Abroad
SJCS 4432: Gender and Law
SJCS 4570: Indigenous Politics and Settler Colonialism
SJCS 4739: Transnational Community Organizing
SJCS 4740: Intersectionality: Theory, Methods and Praxis

In addition, students may complete up to 6 credit hours of the following courses towards the 18 credit hours

ENGL 2261: Postcolonial Literature: Africa, the Caribbean, and South Asia
ENGL 2513: Introduction to Indigenous Literature

Honours in Social Justice and Community Studies

To complete an Honours in Social Justice and Community Studies (SJCS), a student must obtain at least sixty (60) credit hours as follows:

● All the requirements for the Major in SJCS (as listed above), PLUS
● 9 additional SJCS credit hours at the 3000 level
● 3 additional credit hours at SJCS 4000 level or RELS 4320 Religion, Race and Gender.
SJCS 4500 Honours Thesis
SJCS 4740 Intersectionality: Theory, Methods, and Praxis

In keeping with University Regulations, “Thesis research will be conducted under the direction of the faculty supervisor, and the completed thesis will be evaluated by the supervisor and one (or more) other faculty member(s) associated with SJCS. At least one of the supervisor or evaluator(s) shall be a full-time faculty member at Saint Mary’s University. The student is also required to give a public presentation of their thesis work in a forum approved by the program.”

To graduate, SJCS Honours students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 out of 4.3 (B+) in Social Justice and Community Studies courses.