Welcome to the Certificate in Law & Social Thought!

Prepare for a change-making career as you immerse yourself in law and the most controversial aspects of our social lives — the limits of basic rights and liberties, discrimination, oppression and criminalization. You'll gain tools to help you reflect on and debate these issues and others within the context of political and legal philosophy, the humanities and social sciences. By focusing on controversial legal cases and key societal debates, you’ll develop problem-solving and critical reasoning skills that will get a workout in our small classes. You’ll find lots of opportunity to articulate your own perspective and engage with your classmates and gain the ability to think and work collaboratively in a diverse environment.  

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Skills You'll Learn

  • Learn analytical thinking, argumentation, logical reasoning and sharp problem-solving skills  
  • Develop strong writing skills and the ability to present your rational, logical critical analysis in an organized, clear manner  
  • Think creatively and systematically; ask the right questions and make sound decisions while considering different sides of an argument 


With a Certificate in Law & Social Thought, you are well-equipped to become a leader and changemaker. You can choose to pursue grad studies or obtain additional qualifications. Here are a few examples of possible career paths:  

  • Applied ethics 
  • Law 
  • Human rights  
  • Non-profit  
  • Journalism  
  • Public policy 

Visit the Career Centre for more career options in Law & Social Thought. 

Hands-On Experiences

Apply the concepts and theories you’re studying to real world challenges. Engage in guided practical experiences in the classroom, workplace, community and abroad. These are some opportunities for Law & Social Thought students. 

  • Engage in case studies and in-class debates within your courses 
  • Volunteer with organizations that have a focus on international issues or diversity in Canada 

Admission Requirements

This certificate is open only to current York students pursuing any bachelor’s degree. 

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Meet Your Professors

You’ll learn from and get to know friendly, high-profile professors, who are published experts in the field. 

Andrée-Anne Cormier

York Hall C230
416-736-2100 x 88304

Louis-Philippe Hodgson

York Hall C208
416-736-2100 x 88561 lhodgson@glendon.yorku.ca

Student Supports & Programs

Glendon Campus prides itself on being a supportive community that goes the extra mile to ensure you get the help you need. See some of the resources TK students use the most. 

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