Associate Faculty - MA Justice Studies

School of Humanitarian Studies
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Friday, March 31, 2017 - 17:00
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Associate faculty
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Royal Roads University, located in Victoria, BC, has a mandate to offer professional degree programs with a focus on applied research. With a reputation for innovation, Royal Roads University is a leader in online delivery and primarily attracts learners who are working professionals.

The School of Humanitarian Studies is seeking applications for associate faculty to both develop and teach in the Master of Arts in Justice Studies program. This is a new program with courses that will be delivered either entirely online, or are blended courses that involve an online component and face-to-face teaching during a short 2-week residency on campus.

Associate Faculty hold limited term contracts to develop and/or teach individual courses in our programs.  They are not employees.

Preference will be given to prospective associate faculty who can both develop and teach a particular course.  We also ask that any new associate faculty who do not have previous online teaching experience take our instructional skills and learning platform workshops for teaching online. We provide this training for free once we have a contract in place.

The Master of Arts in Justice Studies program is dedicated to educating both aspiring and existing professionals in the justice field. To learn more about this graduateprogram, please visit our website at:


Course development period from approx. May-December 2017:

JUST502 Foundations in Transdisciplinary Justice (course to be taught January 2018)

HUMS671 Transdisciplinarity in Practice (course taught April 2019)

HUMS672 Public Images of Justice and Fairness (course to be taught July 2019)

HUMS673 Indigenous Perspectives on Humanitarianism (course to be taught September 2019)

Course development period from approx. July 2017-February 2018:

JUST503 Current Issues in Justice (course to be taught March 2018)

JUST504 Indigeneity and Justice (course to be taught March 2018)

Course development period from approx. December 2017-July 2018

JUST505 Case Studies in Transdisciplinary Justice (course to be taught August 2018)

Course development period from approx. March-September 2018

JUST506 Transdisciplinary Approaches to Social Justice (course to be taught November 2018)

Course development period from approx. June-December 2018

JUST601 Transdisciplinary Perspectives on International Justice (course to be taught February 2019)

JUST602 Advanced Policy Analysis in Justice Studies (course to be taught February 2019)

Course Descriptions:

JUST502 Foundations in Transdisciplinary Justice (3 credits)

Introduces students to the distinctions between multi and interdisciplinary conceptions of justice and transdisciplinary studies of justice. Traces the origins of transdisciplinary studies and examines the integration of natural and social sciences toward the development of holistic approaches to problems in justice. Provides a critique of current discipline-based approaches to the study of justice-related problems through the development of transdisciplinary models of justice within a democratic context.

JUST503 Current Issues in Justice (3 credits)

Identifies and applies theoretical and practical foundations for the identification of problems in justice studies and their solutions. Emphasizes the collaborative nature of knowledge generation and the growing interdependence among disciplines for the resolution of complex justice-related problems. Introduces individuals’ role as a bricoleur in the search for justice. Pre-requisite: JUST502.

JUST504 Indigeneity and Justice (3 credits)

Examines the concept of justice from non-western, indigenous perspectives and the development of indigenous perspectives for realizing justice. Includes an historical account of the treatment of indigenous people, governmental interventions and social movements aimed at improving justice for indigenous people. Refers to national and international agendas for resolution of long standing issues identified by the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. Pre-requisite: Pre-requisite: JUST502.

JUST505 Case Studies in Transdisciplinary Justice (3 credits)

Compares approaches to understanding and addressing injustice through analysis of case studies representing real events. Bridges the theoretical and practical perspectives on justice. Draws on a range of changing topics gathered from current societal issues. As examples, this may include topics ranging from aboriginal rights, health, disability, housing, poverty, racism, gender inequality and environmental issues. Pre-requisite: JUST502.

JUST506 Transdisciplinary Approaches to Social Justice (3 credits)

Examines the underlying and historic constructs of, and approaches to, social justice. Explores the critical theories and work of key thinkers across a range of disciplines to unpack issues of power, poverty, equity and social injustice based on individual and collective characteristics (e.g. gender, race, power, ethnicity, socioeconomic standing, religion, or sexuality). Highlights social activism and social movements designed to affect social change, and asks students to reflect on their own impact and relationship to issues of social justice. Pre-requisite: JUST502.

JUST601 Transdisciplinary Perspectives on International Justice (3 credits)

Explores issues of, and critiques approaches to, addressing issues of global justice. Analyses current legal and political structures that promote peace and security in the world and redress conflict, international crime, human rights, and the environmental economic impacts of globalization. Pre-requisite: Completion of all required courses.

HUMS602: Advanced Policy Analysis in Justice Studies (3 credits)

Provides an overview of policy analysis on major justice-related topics covered in preceding JS courses. Involves the identification and application of tools used in public policy analysis to problems facing policymakers in domestic and international contexts. Includes a critique of dominant policy analysis approaches and assessment of neoliberal policies on justice outcomes. Pre-requisite: Completion of all required JUST courses.

HUMS671 Transdisciplinarity In Practice (3 credits)

Provides students opportunities to locate settings, situations and phenomena suitable for deconstructing concepts of justice and humanitarianism. Students can work with theoretical and practical paradigms to generate strategies focused on complex justice-related problem solving that may otherwise go unaddressed. Includes the identification of suitable research methods and policy development. Pre-requisite: One of CAMN502, DEMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.

HUMS672 Public Images of Justice and Fairness (3 credits)

Evaluates a variety of evocative images of justice (broadly defined) throughout our social history in photos, videos, paintings, literature and other media. Draws on concepts of justice that transect theology, philosophy, sociology, criminal justice, the humanities and even popular culture to deconstruct various societal concepts of justice and fairness, culture and communication. Pre-requisite: One of CAMN502, DEMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.

HUMS673: Indigenous Perspectives on Humanitarianism (3 credits)

Provides students with opportunities to explore trends in humanitarian theory and action from indigenous perspectives. Working with members of an indigenous community or referring to existing cases, students are required to work towards the development and application of indigenous approaches to humanitarian issues. Topics will vary according to student interest and instructor expertise. Pre-requisite: One of CAMN502, DEMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.


The ideal candidate for teaching at RRU is someone who has experience as a scholar and a practitioner. For our graduate programs, requisite qualifications include:

  • PhD in a field related to justice is preferred

  • Professional experience working in the field related to course content

  • Expertise that aligns with the focus of the program and courses

  • Demonstrated teaching excellence at the graduate level

  • Experience working within an outcomes-based curriculum

  • Experience teaching in web-based distance education programs and face-to-face environments

  • A teaching philosophy that is compatible with RRU’S Learning and Teaching Model, available at:

Application submission information: 

To apply via email:

In your application, please include all four items:  a one-page cover letter, your curriculum vitae, a rank-ordered list of specific courses that you are qualified to teach, and a one-page statement of your teaching philosophy.

Type ‘MAJS Associate Faculty Development and Teaching’ in the subject heading

Email all documentation, preferably in one complete PDF package, to:

Please note:  While Royal Roads University values all applications we receive, only those candidates chosen for further consideration will be contacted. If requested, shortlisted candidates will be required to provide the names and contact information for three referees, and to arrange for the forwarding of degree transcripts directly from the granting institutions.

RRU is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the principle of equity in employment. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority consideration. We welcome you to visit us on-line at for further information.