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Wilfrid Laurier University Laurier Brantford
April 18, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Society, Culture, and Environment


The Society, Culture, and Environment program (formerly known as the Contemporary Studies program) is designed to introduce students to a range of ongoing and emerging issues including poverty, climate change, colonization of Indigenous communities, and gender and racial inequality. The program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and inspiration to directly engage with, and meaningfully change, the world we live in.

We believe to understand the world we live in issues must be seen from numerous perspectives. Founded on the belief that no single discipline has privileged access to the truth, we see our primary task as instilling a sense of curiosity about the world while helping students develop the skills that can assist them in asking questions, making arguments, and developing the capacity to listen respectfully to the arguments of others. Students graduate from the program with the confidence to express their thoughts on important topics like democracy, religion, science, and popular culture.

The Program Coordinator for Society, Culture, and Environment is Dr. Rebecca Godderis.

To arrange appointments with the coordinator, please contact Celine Taillefer-Traver at 519.756.8228 x5979, or by email at