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Social Justice 12

Social Justice 12 Course Overview

Big Ideas

Social justice issues are interconnected.

Individual worldviews shape and inform
our understanding
of social justice issues.

The causes of social injustice are complex and have lasting impacts on society.

Social justice initiatives can transform individuals and systems.



Social Justice 12 is organized around key issues such as gender, race, marginalized groups, poverty, and animal rights. These will be framed by an understanding of the definitions, frameworks, and interpretations of social justice as seen through the lens of social injustices in Canada and the world affecting individuals, groups, and society. Students will also examine the role of how governmental and non-governmental organizations play in issues of social justice and injustice. In addition, there is an opportunity to learn about the processes, methods, and approaches individuals, groups, and institutions use to promote social justice.

Where does this course fit?

  • Pre-requisite: This Grade 12 course is also open to Grade 10 and 11 students who have taken, or are currently taking, Social Studies 10.
  • Graduation Status: One of the Grade 11/12 Social Studies options required for graduation

Course Materials

  • All resources are provided online.
  • There are notes, assignments, rubrics, links, videos, and other materials that will assist the student in their learning.

Brief Outline



Social Justice Lens

  • Beliefs and Socialization
  • Privilege, Oppression and Power


  • Gender Roles; Feminism; Indigenous Women;
  • Femicide
  • Strategies for Change

Environmental Justice

  • Sexism of Climate Change
  • Environmental Racism
  • Agriculture, Pollution, and Climate Change

Animal Rights

  • Anthropocentrism and Speciesism
  • Legal Arguments
  • Agricultural Animals and Animals in Captivity
  • Intersectionality of Animal and Human Rights


  • Roots of Racism
  • Intersectionality of Racism
  • Racism in Canada Past and Present

LGBTQ+ and other “isms”

  • 2SLGBTQ+
  • Ableism and Ageism


  • Poverty in Canada
  • Gendered Poverty and Racialization of Poverty
  • Entrenched Extreme Poverty and Solutions.

Leaders and Activism

  • Process of Change
  • International Organizations
  • Student Activism
  • Art and Activism.

Assessment Percentage Breakdown

Assessment Type

Percentage of the Course



Assignments x 16


Midterm exam


Final exam


You have up to a year to complete your course.

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