Create an inclusive society

Equity. Diversity. Inclusion.

What is an inclusive society? As defined by the United Nations, an inclusive society is a society that over-rides differences of race, gender, class, generation, and geography, and ensures inclusion, equality of opportunity as well as capability of all members of the society to determine an agreed set of social institutions.

Want to learn more? Keep reading to see what our students, instructors, alumni and donors have to say.

FASS student, Rupi Sandher

What does an inclusive society mean to International Studies student, Rupi Sandher? "I examine how a different gendered division of labour within the household could affect women’s autonomy."

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FASS graduate, Christina Wong

For psychology graduate Christina Wong, an inclusive society is dedicated to eradicate poverty and homelessness. Studying at and graduating from SFU helped her launch the charity, Employ To Empower.

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FASS graduate, Ayaan Ismail

Ayaan moved from Kenya to study International Studies at SFU as part of the Student Refugee Program. An inclusive society for her is building opportunities for those following in her footsteps. 

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FASS graduate, Julienne Melmenétkwe Ignace

To Julienne, inclusive societies preserve languages. She received a BA from SFU in linguistics and a diploma in First Nations Language Proficiency for Secwépemctsín (Shuswap Language).

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FASS instructor, Jen Marchbank

Gender, sexuality, and women's studies instructor Jen Marchbank begins an inclusive society in the classroom. She wants her students to leave her classroom informed, excited, and enthusiastic to learn more.

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How will you create an inclusive society?

Learn to create an inclusive society at FASS! With 23 departments, schools, and programs to choose from, you aren't confined to one area of study. Explore the subjects below to see what an inclusive society means in different contexts.

Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies


Indigenous Studies

Sociology and Anthropology

What courses can you take?

Within our many departments, schools, and programs, there is an exciting array of courses for you. Learn about an inclusive society from a variety of perspectives in the following courses. (These are only a few of the 1,200 courses available to you once you are accepted as a student at SFU.)

  • Gerontology 101: Aging and Society
  • Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies 101: Gender Talk
  • History 204: Social History of Canada
  • Humanities 130: Introduction to Religious Studies  
  • Indigenous Studies 101: Introduction to Indigenous Studies
  • Labour Studies 101: Introduction to Labour Studies
  • Political Science 131: Politics of Prosperity and Inequality
  • Psychology 102: Introduction to Psychology II 
  • Sociology and Anthropology 231: Sociology and Families

What will you do with your degree?

You've asked questions. You've discovered deeper questions to explore. You've studied them and earned your degree. Now what will you do? Our students have been successful in careers including, but not limited to:

  • Aboriginal Relations
  • Diplomat
  • Equity Officer
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Human Rights / Humanitarian Aid 
  • Immigration Officer
  • Journalist / Foreign Correspondent
  • Labour Relations
  • Lawyer
  • Policy Analyst
  • Psychologist / Psychiatrist
  • Public Relations
  • Social Worker / Assistant
  • Women's Health Care
  • Women's Right Advocate
  • Youth Worker / Counsellor

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