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COURSE CATALOGUE : SOCIAL JUSTICE STUDIES

Social Justice Studies constitute an interdisciplinary inquiry into the social, cultural, and institutional responses to inequality and oppression. Social Justice Studies examine the institutional structures, cultural practices, and social behaviors that inform the concept of equality and the recognition of human rights. The program draws on an array of courses from across the curriculum to facilitate the understanding of historical and contemporary representations of social justice.

This program provides a rigorous intellectual experience for students through a structure that includes: (a) foundational courses in theory and history; (b) a set of courses chosen from across the disciplines, constructed to provide a unifying examination of core themes; (c) practical experiences in social activism; and (d) a capstone experience – an internship, independent study, teaching practicum, or honors thesis. Our goal is that students in the social justice studies program:

  • Develop a significant grounding in historical and contemporary social movements from which to understand the roots, evolution, and complexity of social justice.
  • Develop an understanding of systems, institutions, and policy in relation to social justice and equity.
  • Develop an ethical awareness of the impact of systems, institutions, and policy on individuals, cultural norms, and human rights.
  • Two minors are supported by the Social Justice Studies curriculum: (a) Social Justice Studies, and (b) Civic Engagement and Social Justice.

ADVISING
Students declaring a social justice minor must select an academic adviser from among the professors on the Steering Committee (Elizabeth Belanger, Donna Davenport, Kendralin Freeman, Keoka Grayson, Jack Harris, Khuram Hussain, Mary Kelly, Steven Lee, Heather May). Advisers will ensure that students who minor in Social Justice Studies and Civic Engagement and Social Justice select at least two courses in their minor that together provide in-depth study of social justice theory in one academic program or department.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR in Social Justice Studies
6 courses, interdisciplinary
Six courses: SJSP 100, Foundations of Social Justice; one course in Theoretical Perspectives from the list below or chosen in consultation with an academic adviser from the Steering Committee; one course within each theme from the list below, or chosen in consultation with an academic adviser from the Steering Committee; and a credited practicum capstone experience, designed/selected in consultation with an adviser. At least two of the four theme courses should be at the 300-level or above. A recommended course for the practicum is PHIL 162 Ethics of Civic Engagement (SLC).

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR in Civic Engagement and Social Justice
6 courses, interdisciplinary
Six courses: SJSP 100, Foundations of Social Justice; one course in Theoretical Perspectives from the list below or chosen in consultation with an academic adviser from the Steering Committee; SJSP 101, Community Based Research: Introduction to the Scholarship of Engagement; two courses from more than one discipline with the SLC/CBR designation (service learning/community based research); and one seminar with community-based research or a Geneva Collaborative Internship.

The following Service Learning Courses (SLC) are taught regularly and can be elected to address the service learning component in the CESJ Minor. A current list of classes with the SLC designation is available on the HWS Course catalogue, usually on the last page. For information about what service-learning classes entail, please contact staff at the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning (CCESL) on the 2nd floor of Trinity Hall. 

ECON 122 Economics of Caring
ECON 213 Urban Economics
EDUC 117 Race Dialogues for Community and Change
EDUC 203 Children with Disabilities
EDUC 230 Teaching English Language Learners
EDUC 333 Literacy
FSEM 020 You Are Here: Geneva 101
HIST 371 Life Cycles in History
PHIL 162 Ethics of Civic Engagement
PPOL 364 Social Policy and Community Activism
REL 213 Death and Dying
REL 271 The Holocaust
SOC 100 Intro to Sociology
SOC 290 Sociology of Community 
SOC 465 Senior Seminar Research Practicum 
SPAN 332 Literature Infantil 

General Core: Theoretical Perspectives
Students must examine the theoretical underpinnings of the field, and the range of methodologies involved in (a) critically responding to theory-based questions, and (b) application of theory and research in the practice of social justice. Typically, this is not an introductory survey course.

Examples include:
AMST 360 Art, Memory, and the Power of Place
EDUC 307 Civil Rights Education
EDUC 370 Social Foundations of Multiculturalism
PHIL 315 Social Justice
POL 140 Introduction to Comparative Politics
PPOL 101 Democracy and Public Policy
SOC 223 Inequalities
SOC 238 The Making of Immigrant America

Theme 1: Social Movements
The goals of Theme 1 are to develop a significant grounding in historical and contemporary social movements from which to understand the roots, evolution, and complexity of social justice and to develop an ethical awareness of the impact on individuals, cultural norms, and human rights.

AFS 150 Foundations of Africana Studies
ANTH 211 Power, Protest, & Politics
ECON 203 Collective Bargaining
EDUC 201 Schooling and Social Equality
EDUC 252 History of Disability
EDUC 307 Civil Rights Education
EDUC 370 Social Foundations of Multiculturalism
FRE 241 Prises de Vues – Introduction to Contemporary France
FRE 242 Quebec Studies: Culture and Identity in Quebec
FRNE 111 Transnational France: Diversity from 1789 to Present Day
HIST 301 The Enlightenment
HIST 317 Women and Social Movements
HIST 396 The Fate of Socialism
PHIL 152 Philosophy and Feminism
POL 215 Racial and Ethnic Politics
POL 249 Protests, Movements, and Unions
POL 258 Comparative Politics of the Middle East
POL 279 Radical Thought from Karl Marx to George W. Bush
POL 285 International Politics of the Middle East
POL 312 Politics Reform in the Middle East
REL 238 Liberating Theology
REL 305 Pentecostalism
SOC 238 The Making of Immigrant America
THTR 290 Theater for Social Change
WMST 150 Chicana Feminism and Visual Culture
WMST 219 Black Feminism
WRRH 280 Immigrant Experiences: Voices and Discourses

Theme 2: Power and Identity
The goals of Theme 2 are to develop a mastery of key concepts (such as prejudice, privilege, oppression, liberation, justice, equity, and equality) in their multiple manifestations across the disciplines, and to develop an understanding of positionality (individual, cultural, and institutional).

AFS 150 Foundations of Africana Studies
AFS 200 Ghettoscapes
AFS 211 Black Earth
AMST 360 Art, Memory, and the Power of Place
ANTH 205 Race, Class, & Ethnicity
ANTH 211 Power, Protest, and Politics
ANTH 220 Sex Roles
ANTH 221 Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples
ANTH 280 Environment & Culture
ANTH 296 Africa: Beyond Crisis, Poverty, and Aid
ECON 243 Political Economy of Race
ECON 310 Economics and Gender
EDUC 201 Schooling and Social Equality
EDUC 203 Children with Disabilities
EDUC 221 Understanding Autism
EDUC 252 History of Disability
EDUC 307 Civil Rights Education
EDUC 331 Rethinking Families
EDUC 336 Topic: Transition and Disability: Life after High School
EDUC 336 Topic: Self-Determination in Special Education
EDUC 370 Social Foundations of Multiculturalism
ENG 360 Sexuality and American literature
FRE 241 Prises de Vues – Introduction to Contemporary France
FRE 242 Quebec Studies: Culture and Identity in Quebec
FRE 243 Introduction to Francophone Cultures
FRE 252 Intro’ to French Literature II: Que sais je?
FRE 253 Intro’ to French & Francophone Literature III: Paris Outer-mer
FRE 384 Topics in XVIIth and XVIIIth Centuries
FRE 385 Topics in 19th to 21st Centuries
FRNE 111 Transnational France: Diversity from 1789 to Present Day
FRNE 211 African Literature: The Quest for Identity
FRNE 218 Memory, Culture and Identity in French Caribbean Literatures
FRNE 219 Beyond Colonialism: North African Cinema and Literature
FRNE 395 Race in 18th Century French Culture
[FRE are courses in French and Francophone Studies; FRNE are courses that are taught in English.]
HIST 301 The Enlightenment
LTAM 255 Inside the New Cuba
MDSC 303 History of the Social Documentary
MDSC 315 Introduction to Social Documentary
PHIL 155 The Morality of War
PHIL 159 Global Justice
PHIL 232 Liberty and Community
PHIL 234 Theories of Right and Wrong
PHIL 235 Morality and Self-Interest
PHIL 250 Feminism: Ethics and Knowledge
PHIL 345 Power, Privilege, and Knowledge
POL 215 Racial and Ethnic Politics
POL 254 Globalization
POL 265 Modern Political Theory
POL 297 Europe and America
PPOL 219 Sexual Minority Movements and Public Policy
PPOL 364 Social Policy and Community Activism
REL 238 Liberating Theology
SOC 221 Race and Ethnic Relations
SOC 224 Social Deviance
SOC 226 Sex and Gender
WMST 213 Transnational Feminism
WMST 218 Queer Theatre & Film
WMST 308 Chicana and Latina Art: Altars, Ofrendas and Radical Acts
WRRH 117 American Sign Language II
WRRH 206 Immigrant Experiences: Voices and Discourses
WRRH 226 He Says, She Says
WRRH 250 Talk and Text: Intro to Discourse Analysis
WRRH 284 Black Talk, White Talk
WRRH 376 Discourses of Rape
WRRH 360 Talk and Text II: Language in Action

Theme 3: Institutions and Policy
The goal of Theme 3 is to understand systems, institutions, and policy in relation to social justice and equity.

ANTH 260 Medical Anthropology
ANTH 280 Environment & Culture
ANTH 340/440 Anthropology of the Global Commons
BIDS 202 Urban Politics in Education
ECON 203 Collective Bargaining
ECON 243 Political Economy of Race
EDUC 201 Schooling and Social Equality
EDUC 203 Children with Disabilities
EDUC 209 Gender and Schooling
EDUC 221 Understanding Autism
EDUC 252 History of Disability
EDUC 307 Civil Rights Education
EDUC 331 Rethinking Families
EDUC 332 Disability, Family, and Society
EDUC 330 Transition and Disability: Life after High School
EDUC 336 Self-Determination in Special Education
EDUC 338 Inclusive Schooling
EDUC 370 Social Foundations of Multiculturalism
ENV 205 Environmental Law
ENV 237 American Indians and Environmentalism
ENV 309 Environmental Change in the Indigenous World
HIST 151 History of the World Food System
HIST 327 U.S. Intervention in Central America
PHIL 151 Crime and Punishment
PHIL 156 Biomedical Ethics
PHIL 236 Philosophy of Law
POL 207 Governing Through Crime
POL 257 Russia/China Resurgent
POL 333 Civil Rights
POL 334 Civil Liberties
POL 336 Urban Politics
PPOL 219 Sexual Minority Movements and Public Policy
PPOL 328 Environmental Policy
PPOL 364 Social Policy and Community Activism
SOC 258 Social Problems
SOC 262 Criminology
SOC 263 Juvenile Delinquency
SOC 375 Social Policy

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
SJSP 100 Foundations of Social Justice This course provides an introduction to foundational principles and theories of social justice. Students will be introduced to key concepts, methodologies, and competencies connected to the field of social justice studies. Students will engage with this material by examining:
1. theories and research on socialization that inform the development of social identity and social group affiliations within social institutions;
2. prejudice and discrimination, the dynamics of power and privilege, and interlocking systems of oppression;
3. forms of resistance and processes of empowerment and liberation created by individuals, families, and communities, and implemented within social systems;
4. socio-cultural, historical and legal contexts for the emergence, recognition, and interpretation of human rights, and the social liberation movements that found inspiration therein (such as civil rights movements; the women's liberation movement; indigenous rights movements; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender rights movements; and environmental justice movements);
5. how intersectional dynamics between race, class and gender inform social movements; and
6. introduction to social justice intervention strategies such as conflict resolution, collaboration, or advocacy.

SJSP 101 Introduction to Community Based Research: Scholarship of Engagement This course provides students with the research methods to engage in effective community-based research (CBR), and offers a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the demography and history of Geneva and surrounding areas.  Among the topics covered are the ethical and legal questions relevant to community-based research; methodologies for planning and implementing a CBR project; building relationships with community partners; and media for communication to and for the community. 

SJSP 200 Foundations of Leadership Theory With rigid systems limited by rapid globalization, widespread technology use and the complexities of today's social challenges, traditional forms of leadership have given way to contemporary models that emphasize authenticity, collaboration and multi-level change. Contemporary leaders are required to engage in extensive self-reflection, develop intercultural competencies and be able to initiate sustainable action plans. Through the study of leadership, organizational development, and change, this course will challenge students to deepen their understanding of ethical, inclusive, value-based leadership and offer them the opportunity to practice it.

SJSP 450 Independent Study

SJSP 456 1/2 Credit Independent Study

SJSP 495 Honors

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