Woojin Lim chats with Endre Begby in his office


Hart Prize 2018

April 25, 2018

Congratulations to high school student Woojin Lim, whose essay, The Refugee Crisis, Burden-Sharing and Moral Obligations won first place in the 2018 HART Prize for Human Rights.

Lim, a Grade 12 student at Fraser Heights Secondary in Surrey, took PHIL 121: Global Justice in fall 2017 as part of the Concurrent Studies program. This program admits high-achieving secondary school students into undergraduate courses on campus, giving them a taste of university life as well as pushing academic achievement.

Fraser Heights currently offers Concurrent Studies through its Science Academy partnership with SFU; however, Lim chose two social sciences courses from FASS that matched his interests better. He thinks he might be the first arts-only student from his school.

With an interest in politics and global justice, Lim describes PHIL 121 as “the perfect course” for him. He enjoyed Professor Endre Begby’s approach, mixing theory with practical application using current events as examples.

Lim, who is considering economics and politics or general social studies with a view to a career in law, describes his experience at SFU as useful for building academic life skills.

“Concurrent Studies is a good transition into university life,” he explains. “Along with new freedoms come the responsibility to attend lectures and study, and the consequences of not completing coursework.”

Although he’s only taking one SFU course and not two this term, Lim is still busy academically. He’s currently reviewing university options with offers from both Yale and Harvard to consider. Lim credits his experience at SFU for helping with his successful application.

Woojin with Endre Begby and TA, Caroline von Klemperer


PHIL 121: Global JusticeAn introduction to the ethical issues arising from interactions of states, NGOs and other international agents. Topics may include international human rights, terrorism, war, gender justice, climate justice, fairness in international trade, cultural diversity and conflict, the rights of indigenous peoples, collective responsibility and restitution for historical wrongdoing, among others. 

Every day, and mostly without thinking about it, we make choices that affect the lives of people around the globe: each of us effectively have dozens of “employees” – many of them children – who work for us under slavery-like conditions to produce the clothes we wear, the coffee we drink, and the cell phones we use to plot our plans for the weekend. While ours is a time of unprecedented possibilities for human progress, war, poverty, and tyrannical government continue to affect the majority of the world’s citizens on a day-to-day basis. This course will introduce you to the study of Global Justice, which is concerned with charting the structural sources of today’s problems and with proposing ways for moving forward. Possible topics of discussion include the morality of international trade, human rights and state sovereignty, gender justice, refugee rights, the challenges of climate change, and the rights of future generations.

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PHIL 121 is available for Summer 2018 enrollment: http://www.sfu.ca/outlines.html?2018/summer/phil/121/e100