Social Justice Certificate


SA Undergraduate Advisor

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The Certificate in Social Justice is intended for all Simon Fraser University students interested in pursuing the study of social justice. This interdisciplinary certificate develops competence in identifying and examining the causes and consequences of social inequalities and the differential perception and treatment of groups and individuals on the basis of a variety of factors including but not limited to gender, sexual orientation, class, race, ethnicity and religion. Incoming students with a background in Social Justice 12 wishing to pursue these interests at a university level should be well served by this certificate program

The Certificate in Social Justice enables students to deepen and extend their appreciation of the complexity, breadth and topicality of concerns grouped under the rubric of social justice while providing them with a coordinated, discipline-specific theoretical perspective, methodology and social research approach appropriate to this study. Finally, the certificate provides students with a clearly identified undergraduate platform from which to proceed to social justice-oriented academic graduate work and to professional programs required for careers in law, social work, education, medicine and other health-related fields.

About the Courses

SFU currently offers a range of courses in a variety of departments which address social justice issues. This certificate is intended to introduce students to a cross section of these disciplines while providing them with the lower level theoretical, methodological and research course credits required to qualify for a major in Sociology and/or Anthropology. Students may choose to major in fields other than Sociology and/or Anthropology. These typically include but are not limited to Art and Cultural Studies; Communications; Criminology; Economics; First Nations Studies; Gender Studies; Geography; Health Sciences; History; Humanities; International Studies; Latin American Studies; Philosophy; Political Science; Psychology; and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies.

Admission Requirements

Students can declare the certificate once they are enrolled in the last of the courses they will be using towards it.

Program Requirements

Successful completion of twenty-five (25) credit hours, made up of:

  • three core lower division SA courses
  • three elective lower division courses from a list of designated courses
  • one upper division SA course of your choice

Transfer Credit

Up to 12 units of credit assigned to specific courses may be transferred to the Certificate subject to University transfer credit regulations and the coordinator’s approval. The upper division course must be completed at Simon Fraser University.

Core Courses (Total of 12 Credit Hours)

Three courses from the following group:

SA 101-4 Introduction to Anthropology,     OR

SA 150-4 Introduction to Sociology


SA 201W-4 Anthropology and Contemporary Life,     OR

SA 250-4 Introduction to Sociological Theory


SA 255-4 Introduction to Social Research

Elective Courses

Three courses from the following list:

  • CRIM 101-3 Introduction to Criminology
  • ECON 102-3 The World Economy
  • FNST 201W-3 Canadian Aboriginal Peoples’ Perspectives on History
  • GEOG 100-3 Human Geography
  • GSWS 100-3 Sex Talk: Introduction to Contemporary Issues in Sexuality Studies
  • GSWS 101-3 Gender Talk 
  • GSWS 102-Feminist Action
  • HSCI 160-3 Global Perspectives on Health
  • HIST 204-3 The Social History of Canada
  • LBST 101-3 Introducing Labour Studies
  • LAS 100-3 Introduction to Latin American Issues
  • PHIL 120W-3 Introduction to Moral Philosophy
  • POL 100-3 (or POL 101W-3) Introduction to Politics and Government
  • POL 151-3 The Administration of Justice
  • PSYC 106-3 Psychological Issues in Contemporary Society
  • REM 100-3 Global Change
  • SA 203-4 Violence in War and Peace
  • SA 210-4 The Return of the Folk Devils
  • SA 260-4 Individual and Society
  • SCD 201-3 Introduction to Sustainable Community Development

AND One upper division SA course of your choice.


  • Students majoring in Sociology or Anthropology are required to include one non-SA course among the three optional courses.
  • Special topics and/or directed readings courses cannot be used toward completion of this certificate.