King’s University College is a Catholic institution affiliated with the University of Western Ontario. It offers a major in social justice and peace studies that examines structural injustice in the world and “calls for social action to transform the world in the interests of equity and the pursuit of peace.” The program is “consciously rooted in the tradition of Catholic Social Teaching.”
The curriculum includes four core courses offered by the social justice and peace studies department – many of which are on changing “special topics” within the field – with the remaining classes drawn from a wide range of other disciplines. Students are required to fulfill a mandatory service requirement.
The university offers “experiential learning” programs that examine issues of social justice and peace in El Salvador, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, India and other destinations. It also sponsors the Centre for Social Concern, which supports research, awareness and engagement on social justice and peace in Canada and globally. The centre brings speakers to campus, encourages student activism and works closely with the social justice and peace studies program.
Dr. Patrick Ryan