Overview

Social Justice is offered as a minor within the Department of Applied Social Sciences.

This minor provides students with a strong foundation of social justice theory and practical application. Courses are taught from the perspective of a Reformed Christian worldview, and include topics of social movements, social welfare, and Canadian native populations. Students will have opportunity to participate in field trips to social justice-related events and organizations, and to meet community advocates, including Christian social activists. Students will also complete an internship to gain practical experience in the area of social justice. Redeemer students have completed internships with organizations including Christian Peacemaker Teams and the Mennonite Central Committee, and have found careers in social justice organizations including World Vision, the Christian Labour Association of Canada, Canadian Christian Relief and Development Association, Women’s Rural Resource Centre, YUGO Ministries, and Emmanuel International.

FEATURED COURSES

  • Social Research Methods (APS-321)
  • Diversity In Canada: Implications for Social Work (APS-332)
  • Social Welfare Policy and Process (APS-342)

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Experiential learning is an essential part of the Redeemer experience. The Centre for Experiential Learning and Careers (CELC) partners with faculty and employers to build experiences that put the classroom in the workplace, and bring the workplace back to the classroom.

MEET THE FACULTY

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Dr. Timothy Epp Associate Professor of Applied Social Sciences

STUDENT STORY

Aaron Tolkamp
International Studies student ‘14

STUDENT STORY

Aaron Tolkamp
International Studies student ‘14

" Many in North America see the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as something “over there.” But for Palestinian Christians, it’s something that they live with every day. As part of my International Studies program at Redeemer, I’ve come to experience and understand their struggle. I have been to Palestine twice already. The first time was with Hope Equals, a network of Christian students promoting reconciliation, and the second was a three-month internship at the Palestinian News Network, where I wrote and edited articles for their website. Both times I lived with a Palestinian Christian family, and met with many local groups and agencies. It gave me the chance to come alongside Palestinian Christians and begin to understand what’s really going on. There are a lot of theories and ideas behind the study of international relations. But I relate best to the world through people – through relationships with them and their culture. What’s been so great about my program is seeing those theories and ideas at play in the world, intertwining with my daily life. I’m literally experiencing the things we studied in the classroom. My academic program and my experiences in Palestine have opened doors for me. Last year, I was invited to present at Faith and Foreign Policy, an international academic conference. My paper, which looked at civil disobedience and political activism as they relate to Palestinian Christians, was later published by Commentary, the magazine of Citizens for Public Justice. It’s a big world out there. Redeemer’s International Studies program has given me not just theories, but the chance to see them at work. "

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