Minor in Social Justice and Common Good

The Minor in Critical Perspectives on Social Justice and the Common Good is an interdisciplinary course of study using the collected insights of various academic disciplines designed to prepare students to be responsible critics of contemporary societies and effective agents for positive social transformation.

Students will reflect on the causes and structures of injustice and approaches to social change at interpersonal, communal, national and global levels. As a central concept in Catholic thought on social justice, the Minor will explore the role of the common good in the religious, ethical, philosophical and social science traditions. As part of their course of study, students will be challenged to critically examine historical and contemporary misappropriation and abuse of the constructs of social justice and common good.

Through a community service-learning pedagogy, offered in a number of courses, this minor creatively engages faculty, students, and community partners in local and international responses to inequality and marginalization. Cycles of exclusion (e.g., marginalization associated with disability, age, gender, poverty, sexuality, racism, violence, colonialism, post-colonialism, class, speciesism and the environment), urban justice, globalization, and ecojustice are the areas of concentration for empirical, social analyses of social injustice. From these areas of concentration and issues of justice students gain a solid intellectual and ethical grasp of the understandings of the common good.

The Minor may be completed in conjunction with any Three-Year, Four-Year, or Honours degree.

Requirments (21 credit units)

  • INTS 203.3 Cultivating Humanity
  • INTS 400.3 Critical Perspectives on Social Justice and the Common Good

The remaining 15 credit units required to complete the minor may be taken from the lists that follow.

  • At least 3 credit units must be at the 300 or 400 level
  • A minimum of 3 credit units must be taken from each of the Humanities and the Social Sciences lists


Social Sciences

Official program requirements are listed in the uSask Course and Program Catalogue.