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We have a new name - Social Justice Education!

Welcome to the Department of Social Justice Education (SJE)

 --"I am  delighted to see the approval of this name change to the Department of Social Justice Education.  The Department will be clearly recognized for its substantial contribution in social justice education - an increasingly important field of educational research and teacher education, and also an historic strength at OISE”, said Dean Julia O’Sullivan. 

We are pleased to announce that our department, formerly known as Humanities, Social Sciences and Social Justice Education (HSSSJE), has a new name: Social Justice Education (SJE). The new department continues to maintain its focus on research and teaching through the social sciences and humanities, with a commitment to disciplinary and interdisciplinary graduate studies and teacher training and OISE is proud to be a leader in Canada and internationally in social justice education studies. The new department's name more clearly identifies the focus as one of OISE’s four academic departments. While social justice education is a growing area of concentration and research, OISE is, to our knowledge, the only Faculty of Education in a major university in Canada with a department of Social Justice Education. Watch for our fall celebration of our new name!

What is the Department of Social Justice Education (SJE)

The Department of Social Justice Education (SJE) is an intellectual community committed to producing and advancing knowledge on social justice education in Canada and beyond boundaries. We understand social justice education as a robust term, allowing for diverse meanings and methodologies.

SJE Graduate Program

The SJE graduate program is concerned with both theoretical and empirical problems regarding in/equity in educational spaces, broadly conceived. Faculty and students approach their inquiries from disciplinary (e.g., anthropology, history, philosophy, political science, or sociology) and/or interdisciplinary (e.g., anti-colonial, critical race, disability, feminist, francophone, indigenity, indigenous, or queer) perspectives. They focus on identifying new relationships and making connections by asking significant questions about social justice education within and across disciplines. Hence, they foreground research and teaching in social justice education, pursued through the analytical and empirical tools from the humanities and social sciences.

SJE Vision

SJE’s vision is to enable both graduate students and initial teacher education students to explore questions, such as “What was, what is, and what should be the relationship between education and society?” and “What kinds of knowledge do educators need to answer those questions?” The department of SJE aims to provide students with the academic knowledge and skills necessary to engage and raise questions of critical importance to educational theories and practices, and their relationship to individuals, communities, and societies.  

Browse this site to learn how you can be a part of SJE's exciting program


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