Social Justice 12

You will hopefully enter and leave this course with a broader, deeper understanding and perspective on social issues that are well grounded in past and present day life across the globe starting where we live. These issues affect the quality and standards of peoples’ lives locally, regionally, and globally.

More importantly, these issues affect peoples’ lives mentally, physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.

Emphasis in this course will be about social inequality…so that we may strive to bridge the gap between extreme wealth – extreme poverty, push for more equal distribution of food, provide equal access to health, medicine, education, and employment. Tolerance of race, culture, sexual orientation, and religion will be explored so we may try to be more understanding and compassionate. The causes of and remediation of extreme poverty, hunger, and malnutrition will be examined thoroughly. How the actions and thoughts of one individual or group can reverse reduce those who are more disadvantaged.

This course will also distinguish between deliberate and unintentional oppression so we may know the difference.


basic human rights/needs, food, water, money, shelter, health, safety, freedom, purpose and action(s)

The causes of social injustice are complex and have lasting impacts on society.

– past and present social injustices in Canada and in the world, their possible causes, and their lasting impact on individuals, groups, and society

Individual worldviews shape and inform the understanding of social justice issues.

– various theoretical frameworks, interpretations, and concepts of social justice

– processes, methods, and approaches individuals, groups, and institutions use to promote social justice

Social justice initiatives can transform individuals and systems.

– roles of governmental and non-governmental organizations in issues of social justice and injustice

Social justice issues are interconnected

– connections between social justice issues

– connections between self-identity and an individual’s relationship to others in society


  • First Assignment
  • Basic Human Rights – Quiz 1/Project 1
  • Food Unit – Quiz 2/Project 2
  • Water Unit – Quiz 3/ Project 3
  • Money Unit – Quiz 4/Project 4
  • Shelter Unit – Quiz 5/Project 5
  • Health & Safety Unit – Quiz 6/Project 6
  • Freedom Unit – Quiz 7/ Project 7


  • First Assignment                                10%
  • Quizzes                                                20%
  • Units/Projects                                     70%

Required Resources: All resources required to complete the course are provided online.

Learning Standards 

  • Use inquiry processes and skills to ask questions; gather, interpret, and analyze ideas; and communicate findings and decisions 
  • Assess and compare the significance of people, places, events, or developments at particular times and places, and determine what is revealed about issues of social justice in the past and present 
  • Ask questions and corroborate inferences about the content, origins, purposes, and context of multiple sources and multiple perspectives 
  • Compare and contrast continuities and changes for different groups and individuals at different times and places
  • Determine and assess the long- and short-term causes and consequences, and the intended and unintended consequences, of an event, legislative and judicial decision, development, policy, and movement (cause and consequence) 
  • Explain different perspectives on past and present people, places, issues, and events, and distinguish between worldviews of the past or present 
  • Recognize implicit and explicit ethical judgments in a variety of sources 
  • Make reasoned ethical judgments about controversial actions in the past or present after considering the context and standards of right and wrong