Social Justice Colloquium

Do you care deeply about the inequities that exist in our world? Are you passionate about making a difference? Are you looking for a unique and engaging approach to the first year of your Bachelor of Arts program?  If so,  the Social Justice Colloquium is for you!

As a Social Justice Colloquium student, you will explore the range of human experience from our pre-human roots to the diversity of our present-day lives around the world. You will ask questions about why some people have more opportunities in life than others. You will explore whether your assumptions about the importance of family, community, happiness, material possessions and technology are shared by others around the world. You will develop an understanding about how social change movements have developed and influenced our society. Your classroom learning will be enriched with meaningful service work in the Antigonish community, and you will integrate this experiential learning with your academic studies.

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  Course Work
The Social Justice Colloquium is a first-year option for Bachelor of Arts students. Participants are enrolled in dedicated sections of Anthropology, Global History and Women’s & Gender Studies. The instructors work together to coordinate their teaching so that you learn about social justice from various perspectives. In addition, you will complete a service learning experience that will be interwoven with your academic learning. Through theory and practice you will become a better student and a more engaged community member.
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Service Learning
As a member of the Social Justice Colloquium you will complete a service assignment as a core part of your learning. Service learning experiences give you a unique opportunity to serve and to learn from the people in your new community, Antigonish. You will work with a local non-profit organization and think critically about that experience through class discussions and assignments. In this way, your service experience will enrich your learning and your learning will enrich your service. 
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