Just Societies

Students entering Mason in Fall 2024 or later will be required to complete two Mason Core courses that have the Just Societies flag. Just Societies flags are added on to existing Mason Core Exploration courses in Arts, Global Contexts (coming in 2024-2025), Literature, Natural Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences.  

Just Societies 

The goal of Exploration courses with a Just Societies flag is to enable students to directly address questions about diverse perspectives and inequity as they engage with one another, and to identify how they can participate in processes for making change. 

Required: Two courses with a Just Societies flag

Student Learning Outcomes: Courses must meet both of these outcomes, in addition to other required course outcomes related to the primary Mason Core Exploration category. 

  • Define key terms related to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion as related to this course’s field/discipline and use them to engage meaningfully with peers about course issues 
  • Articulate obstacles to justice and equity, and strategies for addressing them, in response to local, national, and/or global issues in the field/discipline  

Note for Students:  

Current Mason students admitted before Fall 2024 are not required to take courses with a Just Societies flag but may wish to do so to further round out their general education program. 

Faculty notes: 

Course development and course proposal workshops begin in January 2023 and will be offered on an on-going basis. Proposals for courses with a Just Societies attribute will be accepted beginning in Spring 2023. The Just Societies designation may be obtained in two ways: 

  1. Existing Arts, Global Contexts (coming in 2024-2025), Literature, Natural Science, and or Social and Behavioral Sciences Mason Core courses can be revised to include the Just Societies learning outcomes. 
  1. A new course can be developed that meets the appropriate Arts, Global Contexts (coming in 2024-2025), Literature, Natural Science, or Social and Behavioral Sciences. Mason Core learning outcomes as well as the learning outcomes for Just Societies.  The review process is conducted simultaneously for both sets of outcomes.