Greetings SJPS Students!

With registration for courses for 2016-17 school year starting June 21 for 4th year students, July 4th for third year students and July 12th for second year students, we wanted to point out some new things about your SJPS Program this year.

Attention Social Justice and Peace Studies 3rd and 4th year students:

Due to difficulties with staffing a decision has been made to offer SJPS 4401F/G in both first and second term and therefore SJPS 4402F/G will not be offered this year. For those who require SJPS 4402F/G to complete their module you are encouraged to take one of the following courses in its place, SJPS 3360F, 3361F, 3375F, 3380F, or 3382G.

Please send an email to Laura Clarke ( to inform her which course you are using to as a substitute, she will add a special permission to your academic record.

Those that have a problem fulfilling this requirement can come into the Academic Dean’s Office drop-in hours to see Laura or send her an email.

Enjoy the rest of your summer.

Thomas Kwasi Tieku, PhD.
Associate Professor of Political Science &
Coordinator of Social Justice and Peace Studies

As most of you are aware, the modules have changed substantially, and these changes are reflected on the 2017 Social Justice and Peace Studies Program Checklist.

Second year students starting SJPS modules in September will follow the 2017 SJPS Program Checklist.

Third and fourth year students will generally stay in their modules as they were for 2015 or 2016.  Either is fine, although it is helpful to us, if you let us know which checklist you are following. If you wish to change to the 2017 SJPS Program Checklist, contact, Laura is available during DROP IN hours in the Office of the Academic Dean.

If you did not get SJPS 2201Z completed, you will take SJPS 3201Y to replace it. The “Y” designation, tells you that it is a 0.5 credit, non-essay, taken over two terms. Although SJPS 3201Y is a 0.5 credit, it will show on your timetable as if it was a full credit. On the first day of classes in the fall, your instructor will tell you the dates you will be expected to be in attendance in class.  In general, you are likely to spend the fall term preparing for your practicum placement in the community.  You will meet your professor from time to time during the rest of the school year, but most of your course hours will be spent in your community placement.

Second year students, or students entering the SJPS modules in September, will not need to pick up SJPS 3201Y until their third year.

PLEASE NOTE: SJPS 3210G and 3211G were previously Dominican Republic and Tanzania courses.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to meet with Laura Clarke, Academic Program Assistant, in the Academic Dean’s Office, or email her at

Please feel free to share this with other SJPS students, or potential SJPS students.

This innovative cross-disciplinary program offers one of  four core courses in social justice and peace in each of the four years leading to a degree. These core courses are combined with existing courses drawn from a variety of disciplines such as sociology, politics, economics, history, social work, religious studies, and others. There is a mandatory service component in second year that engages students in local issues of Social Justice and Peace and an optional (experiential learning) component offering a variety of opportunities that may be undertaken at any time after first year. Course credit can be arranged for these experiences.

While this degree can be pursued independently, students are strongly encouraged to combine their degree in Social Justice and Peace with a Major or Minor in social science, arts, or science. The program is designed to make it easy to do this. 

Although the program reflects King's mission as a Catholic College, the program addresses students of all religious and political persuasion in a spirit of open and free dialogue.

We believe that this four year BA program will be attractive to students who:

  • Are interested in expanding their awareness of social justice issues and their understanding of the interlocking nature of poverty, violence, racism, sexism, colonization, disability, religious persecution, environmental degradation and other forms of oppression.
  • Wish to develop critical and analytical skills necessary to live and work responsibly in a globally integrated world. 
  • Want to act as political and social critics and become agents for progressive social transformation. 
  • Wish to participate in volunteer experiences or internships (for course credit) in local or international settings.

The following is a summary of the rationale of the SJPS Program.  A full copy of the rationale is available here.

Student Testimonials

King’s offers an ideal atmosphere for its students as they receive the benefits of its community feel without being limited by its size. King’s offers a variety of academic and non-academic services to its students who also have access to services at Western’s other campuses as well.


Aksa Mahmood4th Year