Sociology masters programs at the University of Canada are increasingly offering courses on internalization and social justice issues, according to a new report from the university’s sociology department.
The department is now offering a sociology master program, which is designed to help students understand the dynamics of internalizing social inequality and the way it is perpetuated in society.
“We’ve got a very good idea of the kind of challenges that the students are facing, and how the university can help them,” said professor of sociology, Dr. Margo Seltzer, the report’s lead author.
The sociology master will focus on social justice and how social inequalities are perpetuated through cultural, historical and institutional factors.
It will take up to six weeks to complete the program, she said.
“If you’re just thinking about it in terms of a degree, that’s very, very limited,” Seltizer said.
“If you are thinking about your career in terms [of] a degree and you have to get through the social justice, you’re not going to do that.”
The sociology program is being offered by the Sociology Department, and is open to students with a grade point average of at least 3.5 out of 10.
“Our students are the future leaders in the sociology field,” said Associate Professor Mary Ellen MacKenzie, the lead author of the report.
“There is a very strong sense that these students are going to be the future of sociology in this country.”
Seltzer said the program is a way for students to learn more about sociology, and the sociology department is looking to recruit more students in the future.
She said it is a good way to get students interested in the topic and help them develop an understanding of how social justice is perpetuating inequality.
“It’s really a good place to start, but we need to continue to expand it, and that is where we want to be, that is our mission,” Soltzer said.
The report is available on the University’s website.