Through an applied focus at the local scale, the Master of Arts (MA) program in Social Justice and Community Engagement (SJCE) is committed to engaged scholarship informed by critical social justice/environmental justice theories and approaches.
Social and environmental justice is grounded in human rights and the dignity of every human being. It is based on the principles of solidarity, sustainability and equality. Social and environmental injustices are underpinned by a suite of common factors including class, poverty, racism, gender discrimination and lack of due process that marginalize people and communities.The MA in SJCE fosters students’ abilities to investigate and understand these root causes and to engage in the active promotion of social and environmental justice principles and the resolution of community-level injustices.
Through course work, a community placement and a major research project (MRP), students will develop the skills that facilitate community capacity development, local-level innovation, sustainability and democratic renewal. The program provides a firm grounding in the theories and methods of SJCE, practical skills gained through the community placement and research capabilities that culminate in the capstone MRP. This provides students with the optimum combination of skills and knowledge to successfully continue into doctoral research or obtain employment in this sector.