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A Sample Course Overview for Social Justice 12:

Special Note:

Look for the BCTF Social Justice Newsletter online also! Find the Recommended URL links at your fingertips. For Social Justice Local Contacts and School Social Justice Contacts you will be able to find this posted on the new Social Justice Listserve that you have access to. Please add your suggestions and ideas too!


My approach has been to use resources that present the topics in the most interesting manner, to focus on examples that I am most familiar with and to adjust the course to group I have. As far as the classes I have taught thus far, I feel I have planted seeds that will be harvested after students have graduated. For some teachers, they cover less content, and harvest activists on site. It is important to get to know your class and interpret where on the seed to harvest spectrum your students are. Ultimately, it is nice to harvest immediately, but it is also important to establish a well-cultivated field.

Baseline Resources: The Ministry IRP and Sample Units and BCTF recommendations

  • SJ 12 Teacher Guide and Assessment Support http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/irp/program_delivery/ss.htm

  • SJ 12 IRP http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/irp/social_justice12/sj12irp2008.pdf

  • BCTF Resources: http://www.bctf.ca/SocialJustice.aspx?id=6024

History of Social Justice- Best synopsis I have found!

  • http://www.hrweb.org/

The Civil Rights Movement and Racism-FREE resources from www.tolerance.org

  • The Rosa Parks story and the Birmingham Riots
  • Apartheid Didn’t Die - Free Video (only use short section) http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=6343784518626528037&ei=zDBTSdGWPKe6qAPIzbDaBg&q=Apartheid+&hl=en

Human Rights: United Nations

  • The Charter of Rights and Freedoms

  • The Millenium Goals http://www.tear.org.au/downloads/resources/resourceKitALaCart2008-2.pdf

  • Water as a Human Right (letter to Harper) http://www.righttowater.ca/RTW

Human Trafficking and Prostitution

  • “Human Trafficking” video http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0461872/

  • Human Trafficking in BC http://www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/octip/definition.htm

The Asian Holocaust and the Comfort Women

Online http://www.alpha-canada.org/studyguide/IrisChangMovie_studyguide.pdf

  • Nanking (Movie about the Safety Zone) http://nankingthefilm.com/

The Holocaust, the Polish Ghettos, and Anti-Semitism

  • Neighbours ( http://press.princeton.edu/chapters/s7018.pdf )

  • Scream the Truth http://www.vhec.org/images/pdfs/ringelblum_teachersguide.pdf

Rights of the Child: Child Soldiers, Child Labour, Health and Education

  • A Long Way Gone (Book) Free Lessons http://staff.juniata.edu/murraym/beah/index.html

  • Free the Children (Website with lessons) http://www.freethechildren.com/getinvolved/geteducated/childlabour.htm

  • UNICEF http://www.unicef.org/whatwedo/index.html

Corporate Accountability: Blood Diamonds and Walmart Nation

  • Walmart Nation http://www.walmartnation.com/
  • Blood Diamonds http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0450259/Film:

    • Free Teaching Guide http://www.amnestyusa.org/educate/film-curriculum-guides/blood-diamond-curriculum-guide/page.do?id=1102105

Water as A Social Justice Issue

  • Flow (Trailer) http://www.flowthefilm.com/

  • A World Without Water (Online video) http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3930199780455728313

  • The Tar Sands http://oilsandstruth.org/billions-litres-tainted-tar-sands-water-leaking-report

  • The Drinking Water Book: A Guide to Safe Drinking Water (Online preview of book)


Cyberbullying: Bridging Social Justice, Policy and Law

  • The Megan Pledge http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/index2.html

  • Netsmartz online videos http://www.netsmartz.org/resources/reallife.htm

Violence Against Women, Feminism and the Status of Women

  • Iron Jawed Angels (Free study guide for movie) http://www.time.com/time/classroom/voting/pdfs/teacher.pdf

  • 16 Days Against Gender Violence http://www.cwgl.rutgers.edu/16days/about.html

  • Montreal Massacre http://www.gendercide.org/case_montreal.html

The Media and Social Justice

  • Killing Us Softly 3 Free online video http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1993368502337678412
  • Merchants of Cool (Free online video) http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=5109415725027567998&ei=J8pTSem8Kqe6qAOknpnECw&q=Merchants+of+cool&hl=en

  • No Logo: Naomi Klein Free Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uI0itS3gQFU

The Social Justice Lens and Critical Thinking

  • Social Justice Lens (More information and graphics available at BCTF) http://bctf.ca/uploadedFiles/About_Us/ServicesHandbook/18SocialJustice.pdf

  • Hurricane Katrina: http://www.reason.com/news/show/36334.html

BC Issue Examples: Polygamy

  • Polygamy http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/features/polygamy/index.html

  • BC Coal Bed Methane http://www.cbmwatch.ca/docs/JonesCBM_files/frame.htm

Classism, Poverty and Homelessness

  • Homelessness in Canada http://intraspec.ca/homelessCanada_news-and-reports.php

  • BC Poverty http://www.vancouversun.com/story_print.html?id=1025465&sponsor=

Sexual Orientation: Comparative Law, Gay Marriage and Individual Rights

  • International Gay Laws http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homosexuality_laws_of_the_world

  • UN http://uk.reuters.com/article/usTopNews/idUKTRE4BH7EW20081219

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Same-sex_marriage_in_Canada

Homophobia: Harassment, Assault and Death

  • Statistics: http://www.pflagphoenix.org/education/youth_stats.html

  • Hold Hands Protest http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20081012/vanouver_rally_081012/20081012?hub=Canada

Colonialism: Treaties, Residential Schools and Indigenous Cultures

  • Residential Schools http://www.wherearethechildren.ca/en/impacts.html

  • Indigenous Cultures http://sciencestage.com/v/567/-talks-national-geographic-wade-davis-language-ethnosphere-indigenous-dreams-culture-myth.html

Globalization: Transnational Corporations, Free Trade and Global Migrations

  • Refugees http://www.unhcr.ca/teachers/catalog.htm

  • Refugees and Doctors without Borders http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/education/refugeecamp/home/

  • Cartoons http://www.ykuusa.org/english/whycross/globalization.jpg (lots more online)

Unions: As Social Justice Institutions

  • Role of unions in SJ http://www.psac-sjf.org/en/news/article.cfm?articleid=10

  • Killer Coke-Students Assessment of Website http://www.killercoke.org/

Peace Initiatives: Article Nine, Mayors for Peace and Peace Art

  • War Dance (Trailer) ( http://www.wardancethemovie.com/ )

  • War Toys to Peace Art http://www.wartoystopeaceart.com/

  • Universal Soldier: Free online video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGWsGyNsw00

Environmental Social Justice: Protecting Cultures, Lands and Resources

  • Independent Power Projects in BC “49 Megawatts”(online video) http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8937562248643223326

  • Sierra Club http://www.sierraclub.ca/

Specism and Animal Rights: Ethics, Neglect, Abuse and Protection

  • SPC\A International http://www.spca.com/pages/about

  • Waterloo Public Interest Group http://www.wpirg.org/saac

Famous Activists: Nobel Peace Prize Winners, Men, Women and Children

  • Nobel Peace Winners http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/

  • Partial list of Activists http://www.infoplease.com/biography/activists.html

Advocacy: Letters, Articles, Networking, Websites, Protests and Petitions

  • Amnesty International: (Letters, Posters, Campaigns) http://www.amnesty.org/

  • BCFEd http://www.bcfed.com/issues

NGO’s: Greenpeace, UNICEF and the Junior G8, UNESCO sites

  • Greenpeace: (Taking A Stand http://www.urth.tv/content/view/24382/449/ ) (Trailer):

    • Film (http://www.filmwest.com/Catalogue/itemdetail/3306/ )

  • UNICEF ( http://www.unicef.org/ )

Social Justice: Transforming Structures, Policies and Lives

  • South Africa Water Policy http://www.humanrights-geneva.info/Court-ruling-on-water-in-South,3081

  • Comfort Women http://bcjournal.org/2008/comfort-women/

The Arts: Art, Music and Literature to Forward Social Justice

  • Hip Hop http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/classroom/hiphop.html

  • Art (Google SJ Art) http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/005583.html
  • Iron Maiden on Unit 731 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbNyIzpsAoQ


  • World Aids Day: online resource http://www.avert.org/media/pdfs/hivaidslessons.pdf or (http://www.vicaids.asn.au/contentfilesuploaded/Lesson%20Plans.pdf ) or basic information (http://ippmedia.com/ipp/guardian/2008/12/01/127362.html)

  • United Nations Agreements on Human Rights http://www.hrweb.org/legal/undocs.html

Free Public Education

  • The Privatization of American Schools http://www.inmotionmagazine.com/pnpriv1.html

  • Privatization of Public Education: http://www.quasar.ualberta.ca/css/Css_35_4/CLiconclast_john_mcmurtry.htm

Beyond the Classroom: Taking a Stand and Making a Difference

  • Grassroots Organizing

Concerned Citizens of Fernie

Wildsite: http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/cea/archives/news_item.asp?articleid=62

  • Sample Youth Projects

Freechild Project http://www.freechild.org/youth_activism_2.htm

Amnesty Youth Activism http://www.amnesty.ca/youth/

Band of Sisters http://www.oprah.com/article/world/globalissues/200810_omag_congo

Youth Activists http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/youth/advocacy/activists/index.htm

Special Dates:

The BCTF website has posted a calendar of national and international events at http://www.bctf.ca/uploadedFiles/Social_Justice/SJCalendar.pdf I teach my course in the first semester so I focus on the Sixteen Days of action campaign as a unit, and I touch base on the other dates when I am teaching that topic.

  • Sept World Rivers Day/ March 22 World Water Day http://www.ourrivers.ca/

  • Oct 18 Persons Day http://www.pc.gc.ca/canada/proj/fcdv-wwv/itm1-/index_e.asp

  • Sept Paws for A Cause Walk SPCA http://www.spca.bc.ca/walk/

  • Oct 17 Anti-Cyberbullying: http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/index2.html

  • Nov 25- Dec 6 Sixteen Days of Action for the Elimination of Violence Against women


  • Dec 1 Worlds Aids Day http://www.avert.org/media/pdfs/hivaidslessons.pdf

  • Dec 10 Human Rights Day http://www.ohchr.org/EN/UDHR/Pages/60UDHRIntroduction.aspx

  • Feb 20 UN World Day of Social Justice http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/social/intldays/IntlJustice/


Use a variety of approaches when covering topics: video discussions, research, school campaigns, posters, debate, presenters, essays, class presentations, symposiums, response writings, Powerpoints, interviews, websites and any other creative idea.


I praise the students of Abbotsford for their ongoing persistence to have Social Justice 12 in their schools. This is social justice in action. We can see that the endorsement of individual rights is paramount for democratic society to operate, as it should. Whether it is race, class, religion gender, ability or sexual orientation, no group should be entitled to trump the rights of another group, and even though we may disagree with their stance, we are responsible to acknowledge our own stance has been granted to us, only because we respect the rights of others. The Social Justice 12 curriculum promotes personal agency, collective solidarity, social and political leadership and compassionate critical thinking. It is my hope that we all come to recognize that an egalitarian society is a collective of differences paradoxically coexisting within a universal whole where equity and dignity become the essence of society.

Update: June 2/2009-06-02
Great New Videos
Saving Luna (Animal rights, Conservation, First Nations)

MILK (LGBTQ, cultural change, legislation, civic action) – (preview first)

Myths for Profit (Militarism- Canadian)

The Destiny Stone (Nationalism, Youth, Civil Disobedience – Five Star Entertainment)

The Queen and I (Iran, Monarchy, Shah, Exiled, Interview)

Battle in Seattle ( WTO, civic disobedience, protests)

Shark Water (globalization, animal rights,

Taking Root ( grassroots action, Pulitzer Prize, Africa)

Slum Dog Millionaire (poverty, human rights, trafficking)

The Soloist (mental health, homelessness, significance of the arts)

Planet Earth (environment, policy, globalization)

Blue Gold (Maude Barlow, water policy, globalization)

Great New Books
The Natashas by Victor Malarek

(Status of Women, trafficking, globalization)

In the Name of Honor by Mukhtara Mai

(Status of Women, Pakistan, Compensation, action –schools for girls)

A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam

(Bangladesh, feminism, Winner of the Fatima Jinnah Gold Medal for Bravery, Listed in 2006 as one of the 100 most influential persons in the world, reconciliation)

The Bite of the Mango by Mariatu Kamara and Susan McCelland

(McCelland –Recipient of the 2005 Amnesty International Media Award, Mariatu –UNICEF Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict)

BCTF Workshops to Consider (New and Revised)
Women and Water

War Toys for Peace

Social Justice in Every Classroom


And more – Book these great workshops for Pro-D days, special events and other events


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