Global Peace and Social Justice

Students working collaboratively in classroom
Hands of all different races held together in peace

About Global Peace and Social Justice

Global Peace and Social Justice seeks to understand the root causes for social injustice and violence locally, nationally and internationally. We seek to find ways to mitigate, transform and prevent conflicts and work towards the creation of thriving and equitable communities. 


This program is concerned with the intersections of social conflict, violence, oppression, politics and culture. Our researchers study both the historical causes of injustice, as well as contemporary justice-seeking methods. In doing so, we seek to reimagine and make transformative change in order to build peaceful, equitable, and just communities.


As an interdisciplinary field, Global Peace and Social Justice encompasses subject areas from the Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences. Our interdisciplinary slate of courses provides students with an informed understanding of their self and the world around them. We prompt students to examine their social locations and ethical responsibilities and equip them with the skills necessary to transform relationships of conflict and strategies into ties of social solidarity that make peace and justice possible.


Global Peace and Social Justice is an engaged discipline and our students and faculty are involved in the promotion of societal health and wellbeing through projects for peace education and human rights around the world. Therefore, along with courses that enhance the critical thinking and writing skills of students, there are also many opportunities for community-based learning through our experiential learning courses and public engagement events sponsored by the Centre for Peace Studies.


We are committed to continue to study, dialogue, collaborate and act together to achieve a society that is peaceful, just and equitable for all. 

The program focuses on four main themes

Health and Environment

Courses focus on the intersections of peace, health, and the environment, with topics such as global and local health disparities; communities in crises; peacebuilding and health; Indigenous health and wellbeing; cultural differences and conceptions of care; climate justice; healthcare ethics; and how health interventions in actual and potential war zones may contribute to peace.


Courses include:

  • PEACJUST 3B03 – Peace-Building and Health Initiatives
  • PEACJUST 4G03 – Peace Through Health: Praxis
  • PEACJUST 4L03 – Peace, Environment and Health


Human Rights

Courses explore the interrelationship between peace, human rights and social justice, focusing on historical and contemporary global issues of human rights; social justice; conflict resolution; peace and conflict; and Indigenous human rights.


Courses include:

  • PEACJUST 2B03 – Human Rights and Social Justice
  • PEACJUST 3XX3 – Human Rights in History
  • PEACJUST 4RR3 – Truth and Reconciliation After Atrocity

Race, Gender and Sexuality

Courses explore the historical constructions, lived experiences, and contemporary intersections of race, gender and sexuality within media; socio-economic systems; and the politics of representation.


Courses include:

  • PEACJUST 3V03 – Global Anglophone Literature and Film
  • PEACJUST 3RR3 – Race, Religion and Media
  • PEACJUST 3GG3 – Theories of Decolonization and Resistance

Social Activism

Courses focus on both the root causes of injustices and contemporary justice-seeking methods and activity. Several courses and program internships offer students opportunities to further their understanding of social justice and test conflict transformation strategies. Students apply and expand knowledge gained in the classrooms to practical community settings by working with local community organizations on specific projects.


Courses include:

  • PEACJUST 2CS3 – Creating Social Change
  • PEACJUST 3P03 – Practicum: Practical Peace Building
  • PEACJUST 4B03 – Independent Research