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Gain a nuanced understanding of societal structures and ignite a spark to create a world that is fairer, more just, and more equitable for all its inhabitants. Learn more about social justice with edX.
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What is social justice?

Social justice is a profound and compelling concept that underpins the principles of equality, fairness, and justice in society. It is a lens through which we examine and comprehend the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within our communities, seeking to understand and address disparities and imbalances. Social justice endeavors include initiatives aimed at fighting poverty, advancing education, promoting human rights, ensuring health equity, and advocating for a clean environment.

For example, advocating for equal access to quality education, regardless of a child's socio-economic background, is a clear illustration of social justice in action. Similarly, initiatives that strive to ensure housing for all exemplify the principles of social justice.

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Social justice course curriculum

A course focused on social justice could help learners begin to understand and address various forms of inequality, discrimination, and injustice in society. The specific content of such a course may change depending on the institution. However, some common themes and subjects that you might learn about in a social justice course include:

  • Historical origins of social justice

  • Theoretical frameworks and perspectives

  • Structural inequality

  • Privilege, power, and identity

  • Social movements

  • Ethical responsibilities when advocating for social justice

Start building the knowledge you need to work in the field of social justice with edX. From accelerated boot camps to comprehensive programs that allow you to earn a bachelor’s degree or (for more advanced learners) a master’s degree, there are many different learning formats available to fit your needs. You can also explore executive education programs specifically designed for busy professionals. Find the right course for you.

Explore jobs related to social justice

Those who want to make a career out of advocating for and addressing social inequalities and injustices might find courses on social justice useful. Some examples of such career paths could include:

  • Social worker: Provides support and services to individuals and communities facing various social challenges, such as poverty, homelessness, domestic violence, and mental health issues.

  • Community organizer: Mobilizes residents, builds coalitions, and advocates for policies that benefit marginalized groups and effects positive change in their communities.

  • Civil rights attorney: Works on cases related to discrimination, voting rights, police misconduct, and other legal issues tied to social justice.

  • Diversity and inclusion specialist: Works within organizations to promote diversity and inclusion, develop anti-discrimination policies, and provide diversity training to employees.

Each of these roles will have different education and skills requirements. Some employers may seek candidates with a degree in social work depending on the role. Before deciding on a specific learning path, research the positions you hope to pursue and align your coursework with your career goals.