The Minor in Critical Perspectives on Social Justice and the Common Good is an interdisciplinary course of study using the collected insights of various academic disciplines designed to prepare students to be responsible critics of contemporary societies and effective agents for positive social transformation. Students will reflect on the causes and structures of injustice and approaches to social change at interpersonal, communal, national and global levels. As a central concept in Catholic thought on social justice, the Minor will explore the role of the common good in the religious, ethical, philosophical and social science traditions. As part of their course of study, students will be challenged to critically examine historical and contemporary misappropriation and abuse of the constructs of social justice and common good. Through a community service-learning pedagogy, offered in a number of courses, this minor creatively engages faculty, students, and community partners in local and international responses to inequality and marginalization. Cycles of exclusion (e.g., marginalization associated with disability, age, gender, poverty, sexuality, racism, violence, colonialism, post-colonialism, class, speciesism and the environment), urban justice, globalization, and ecojustice are the areas of concentration for empirical, social analyses of social injustice. From these areas of concentration and issues of justice students gain a solid intellectual and ethical grasp of the understandings of the common good.

The Minor average in Critical Perspectives on Social Justice and the Common Good will be calculated using the grades earned in all courses eligible to be included in the Minor program requirements. Students must complete at least two-thirds of the program requirements (rounded to the nearest highest multiple of 3 credit units) using courses offered by the University of Saskatchewan to meet the Residency requirement.

The Minor, consisting of 21 credit units of courses, may be completed in conjunction with any degree in the College of Arts & Science.

This program is coordinated by St. Thomas More College, under the academic authority of the College of Arts & Science. Interested students should contact sjcgminor@stmcollege.ca for additional information.

Requirements (21 credit units)

Courses must be taken from at least 3 different subjects.

  • INTS 203.3
  • INTS 400.3

Choose 15 credit units from the following:

  • At least 3 credit units must be at the 300- or 400-Level
  • A minimum of 3 credit units must be taken from each of the Humanities and the Social Sciences lists

Humanities

  • CTST 200.3
  • PHIL 226.3
  • PHIL 231.3
  • PHIL 234.3
  • PHIL 262.3
  • PHIL 337.3
  • RLST 220.3
  • RLST 228.3
  • RLST 321.3

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • INTS 112.3

Social Sciences

Choose 3 credit units from the following:

  • ANTH 231.3
  • ANTH 310.3
  • ANTH 326.3
  • ANTH 330.3
  • ECON 221.3
  • ECON 223.3
  • ECON 270.3
  • ECON 272.3
  • ECON 277.3
  • POLS 237.3
  • POLS 244.3
  • POLS 245.3
  • POLS 250.3
  • POLS 251.3
  • POLS 261.3
  • POLS 262.3
  • POLS 336.3
  • POLS 349.3
  • POLS 370.3
  • PSY 231.3
  • PSY 261.3
  • SOC 214.3
  • SOC 220.6
  • SOC 242.3
  • SOC 260.3
  • SOC 261.3
  • SOC 304.3
  • SOC 305.3
  • SOC 306.3
  • SOC 328.3
  • SOC 350.3
  • SOC 360.3