Local Experiential Course Opportunities
Local experiential learning is integral to the Social Justice and Peace Studies program and we offer two unique courses for students to learn locally, firsthand about issues in their community. Community Based Learning (SJP3500E) and Women in Civic Leadership (SJP/POL 3200E)
Community Based Learning
The Community Based Learning component of the program offers a dynamic experiential opportunity to connect with local issues and learn firsthand what social justice and peace looks like in practice. Students spend a course year working alongside local non-profit and grassroots organizations in a variety of sectors including housing, gender, poverty, youth and Indigenous issues. They take what they have learned in their academic courses in SJPS and connect it to the experiences they are having in the community. Classroom time is a combination of reflexive discussions on local issues, guest speaking opportunities and trips to local organizations. Students gain relevant work experience, make valuable community connections and gain a deeper understanding of what social justice and peace work entails. They end the year with a public showcase of a community impact project related to the sector they are working in.
Women in Civic Leadership
Women and gender noncorming folks are underrepresented all levels of government and in various forms of civic leadership, yet their experiences and voices are integral to the development of good policy and a socially just world. This course pairs up women identified students with a woman leader in the community to explore barriers and challenges to leadership and local transformative change. Through these mentorship connections, class discussion and guest lectures students gain deeper knowledge of how gender and social change are interconnected. They also work on valuable community projects to address gender issues in London and region.