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Social Justice and Community Engagement (MA)

Through an applied focus on a local scale, our Master of Arts (MA) program in Social Justice and Community Engagement (SJCE) is committed to scholarship informed by critical social/environmental justice theories and approaches. We foster your ability to investigate and understand root causes and to engage in the active promotion of social/environmental justice principles and the resolution of community-level injustices.

Learning Through Scholarship and Practice

Through coursework, a community placement, and the option of a Major Research Project (MRP) you’ll develop the skills that facilitate community capacity development, local-level innovation, sustainability and democratic renewal. Our program provides a firm grounding in the theories and methods of SJCE, practical skills gained through your community placement, and, if you choose, deepened research capabilities through your capstone MRP.

Your 120-hour community placement is an opportunity for you to apply theoretical ideas about social/environmental justice and in a community setting. The placement is founded on the dual pillars of providing a community service learning opportunity for you while ensuring that the community organization benefits from the placement.

Program Options

This is a 12-month program and you have three program options of study:

  • The Coursework option includes eight seminar courses.
  • The Coursework + Major Research Paper option includes six seminar courses and a major research paper with an oral defence.
  • The Coursework + Major Research Paper (with Creative Option) option includes six seminar courses and a creative work accompanied by a written report with an oral defence.