Social justice education is the pursuit of social justice that is informed by social science.
It involves addressing the structural causes of inequality in the United States and elsewhere and the solutions to social justice challenges.
A social justice-based curriculum will provide students with the skills to become active citizens, leaders, and advocates.
It is also critical for students to be aware of social norms and values that may prevent them from being successful and to understand that these values and norms can and do affect the way they live their lives.
In this issue of The American Sociological Review, sociologist and author James F. Fesler explores the sociological and sociological history of social science education and its role in advancing social justice.
Fesler writes: “Social science has been a powerful force in the fight for social justice, yet we rarely acknowledge that it also has had a significant impact on our lives.
It has shaped the way we think about what it means to be human, and it has shaped how we think and act.”
He describes a social science curriculum as a process that aims to provide students a sense of social solidarity, understanding the interrelationships between social identities, race, class, gender, age, and sexual orientation.
Social science has provided a new framework for understanding the role of race, age and other social differences in the way individuals are treated and what their choices will mean for their own lives.
Fetzer explains: “A social science-based approach has enabled sociologists to identify the factors that shape racial disparities in outcomes, and to use that knowledge to create effective programs for eliminating those disparities.
Social justice educators have also developed strategies to reduce racial disparities and to improve the lives of minorities.
This has resulted in policies, programs and programs to address the most pressing social justice issues in the U.S.”
As the sociologist explains, the social science framework provides students with a sense that their experiences are not the only factor that determines how they are treated in society.
He continues: “In addition to being able to recognize the role that race, gender and age play in social inequalities, students also need to be able to articulate and defend their own experiences in order to be successful in the workplace, in society and in life.
Social scientists can help students understand their experiences and to act on them in order that they can be a better person.
This will help them become more capable of being a successful and effective citizen.”
Social justice educators can help teach students about the importance of equality and diversity in society, as well as how the social justice movement can improve social justice outcomes for all Americans.
Fsler concludes: “Students need to have the tools to navigate social justice conversations, and social science can be an important way to do so.
Social sciences can help inform students about social justice as well, and that will help students become more aware of their own identities and values and to think about how their lives might impact others.”###