LSO165 - Social Consciousness: Equity and Social Justice

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Last review date 2017-08-15 15:45:12.699

Subject Title
Social Consciousness: Equity and Social Justice

Subject Description
This course examines contemporary issues and key concepts of equity/inequity and social justice in a global context. It provides students with the opportunity to critically consider and evaluate social responsibility and participation in local, national and international communities. The course unpacks and seeks a deeper understanding of the following topics/issues: social analysis, media literacy, cultural values, social exclusion, power and privilege, gender, class and social action.

Credit Status
One lower level Liberal Studies elective credit for all degree programs.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a good understanding of the meaning of equity and social justice within the context of diversity.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of and understanding of the various models and approaches to studying social problems.
3. Develop a basic understanding of issues of inequities and social injustice such as race, class, gender, age, sexuality and ability.
4. Identify assumptions related to our understanding of social issues.
5. Demonstrate critical thinking skills by articulating personal views on lived experiences.
6. Critically examine written and audio visual samples of social discourse.
7. Develop strategies for equitable outcomes to our social problems.
8. Communicate, orally and through written responses, key aspects of equity and social justice in society.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

ENG 106 or one lower-level liberal studies (LSO) or Critical Thinking course

Topic Outline

  • Social analysis
  • Global social problems (poverty, consumption, unfair trade, the environment)
  • Intersections of gender, race and class
  • Gender, sex and sexuality
  • Inequality and equity
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Social class
  • Critical media literacy
  • Social change

Mode of Instruction
Your professor will use a variety of appropriate teaching modes and techniques such as: lecture, q&a, tutorials, classroom discussion, group work and/or group presentations, e-learning and consultation.

Prescribed Texts
See professor's addendum for specific texts and/or materials

Reference Material
All students are required to use a Research Guide for their assignments:

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

To be successful in this course, you must complete all course work as specified and achieve an overall grade of 50% or higher. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices.

Term work:
All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the final exam or last class.  Students must contact faculty in advance of the assignment due date to discuss the possibility of an extension.  Late assignments will be subject to late a penalty resulting in a lower grade. Make-up opportunities for assignments must also be made in advance of the scheduled due date.  If an assignment is missed due to class absence, official documentation must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class. Make-up opportunities may not apply to all graded assignments.


Written Assignments 25%
Seminar 20%
Report 30%
Final Exam 25%

Students are graded on form as well as content. Marks (up to 10% of the final grade) may be lost for poor organization of ideas and errors in spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation. 

Student Success:

Please come prepared to participate in class. Make sure you bring your course text to each class, participate in class discussions, hand in any assigned work on time and attend each and every class. Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.

Students should keep all assignments (including drafts and outlines) and exercises until they receive their final grade. Students may appeal any final grade in a subject or any decision by the College, following the recommendation of a Promotion Committee, with respect to the student's academic standing, continuation or status in a program, School, Faculty or the College.  It is the policy of the College that a student who invokes this appeal process will be given a fair hearing.  For further information on appeals, please see Section 12 of the Academic Policy Handbook.

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood