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Civic Engagement: Social Justice

Social Justice Pathway

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The primary goal of the Social Justice Path is to encourage students to think critically about social justice, to recognize it as foundational for peaceful societies, and to look for ways to promote it. Through interdisciplinary studies students will learn about distinct definitions of social justice and explore issues related to it. They will analyze the ways that socially determined beliefs and expectations associated with race, ethnicity, nation, religion, developmental challenges, gender, and/or sexuality become institutionalized and facilitate and/or limit people’s ability to exercise and enjoy equal social, political, and economic rights. Finally, students will develop insight into the interrelationship between cultural recognition and economic justice and the importance of both for ensuring that people are treated equally.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to compare the distinct definitions of social justice.
  2. Students will be able to recognize and critically analyze the inter-relationship between cultural recognition and economic justice.
  3. Students will be able to identify and practice the methods people use to fight for social justice at local, national, and international levels.
  4. Students will be able to identify and analyze the ways injustices are institutionalized in social, political, and economic structures.
  5. Students will be able to recognize and connect the ways individuals and institutions may be beneficiaries and/or victims of social injustice.