What will I learn?

Social justice provides a lens through which to see the world. Studying social justice will provide you with an understanding of how society operates to sometimes exclude and oppress, and sometimes to support and enable its members. This understanding is critical if you want to influence, inspire and facilitate positive change. You will develop a critical understanding of key concepts of social justice, including the concept of universal human rights. This Major links social theory with strategies for social action and change.

No matter what area of work you are in, or you are planning to be in, studying social justice will open your eyes to ways to make a more just, equitable and sustainable world that values the dignity of all people.

For this reason the Social Justice Major or Minor is frequently taken by students completing double degrees such Law/Arts, Education/Arts, and Commerce/Arts.
Students studying a degree in Communications and Media often combine a Major in Journalism with a Major or Minor in Social Justice.

Students studying a Major in Politics and International Relations routinely combine this Major with a Major or Minor in Social Justice to help them make sense of the world and to see alternative ways to function as people sharing the planet.

Amongst our graduates are government policy writers, development workers, CEOs of non-government organisations, activists, support workers, as well as lawyers, teachers, journalists and business owners who operate in their professions with a commitment to social justice. So, no matter where you are headed in your chosen career, social justice gives you the skills, knowledge and awareness to do so with active compassion.

Career opportunities
The transferable skills from this Major are sought after by many employers. Career opportunities include: youth justice case manager, community engagement officer, not-for-profit campaign organiser, program manager for community-based not-for-profit organisations, social research officer, human rights worker, and aid worker/humanitarian worker.

Which department am I in?

School of Arts and Sciences



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$29,000.00 (15,52,463) per year
Start date

21 February 2022, 25 July 2022


The University of Notre Dame Australia

Fremantle Campus,

19 Mouat Street,


Western Australia,

6959, PERTH, Australia

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$29,000.00 (15,52,463) per year
Start date

21 February 2022, 25 July 2022


Sydney Campus

140 Broadway,


New South Wales,

2007, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants with recent Secondary Education must have a minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 31.

For international students

Applicants must meet High school qualifications (or equivalent) to apply for undergraduate program. Academic minimum entry requirements for international applicants vary from country to country.

IELTS (Academic) - 6.5 overall, with no individual band score lower than 6.0; CAE/CPE - 176 overall, with no individual band score lower than 169; PTE Academic - 58 overall, with no individual band score lower than 50; TOEFL (iBT) - 84 overall, with no score lower than 21 in writing and no other band score lower than 17.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.