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Peace and Social Justice Studies Mission

Peace and Social Justice Studies Mission

The Peace and Social Justice Studies Program at Oakton Community College is committed to the exploration of diverse ideas and practices of social justice and non-violence that have emerged in response to conflicts and suffering around the world. We envision a broad approach to the study of peace and social justice, one that includes courses in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

We support and aim to contribute to creative activities that encourage non-violence and social justice in our local and global communities.  We seek to encourage students, faculty members, administrators and staff members to:

  • discuss and and debate ideas of non-violence, peace and social justice through engagement with actual conflicts around the world;
  • draw out the political, social, racial, ethnic, national, economic, environmental, and/or religious dimensions that define and shape actual conficts and struggles;
  • examine and critically evaluate ethical theories of peace, non-violence and social justice;
  • identify and think through the issues raised by conflicts and suffering on personal, local and global levels;
  • envision ways to peaceful transformation and/or resolution to conflicts;
  • live their own lives in ways that embody the principles of peace, social justice, and responsible environmental stewardship.

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IMPORTANT DATES


April 9
Registration opens for fall 2014 semester.

May 15, 16
Evaluation Days.

May 16
Last day of student attendance.

May 19
Grading Day
Faculty on campus and available to students at designated times.

May 19
Summer 2014 interim classes begin.

May 20
Faculty grading due.

May 20
Commencement

May 26
Memorial Day holiday. College closed.

June 9
Classes begin for summer 2014 eight-week session.

June 9
Three-week First Summer Interim faculty grading due.

June 16
Classes begin for summer 2014 seven-week session.

Full Academic Calendar