Social Justice Studies (SJS)

Note: all SJS courses will fulfill CAS-C-SOC/GTY.

SJS 101. Elements of Social Justice. (1)

The Elements of Social Justice is a one credit hour course which aims to raise students' awareness of social injustice, encourage them to view various situations through a social justice lens, and suggests how various ethical frames can be used to advocate for a socially just world.

SJS 159. Creating Global Peace. (3) (MPF)

Focuses on the study of peace, as represented across disciplinary boundaries and at local-to-global scales of analyses. Combines guest lectures, scholarly readings and other media, reflective writing and discussion, and a service-learning commitment that together explore different ways of thinking about peace, and 'peace' practices at global to local scales. IIC, IIIB. CAS-C.
Cross-listed with GEO.

SJS 165. Introduction to Social Justice Studies. (3) (MPF)

The Introduction to Social Justice provides a basis to understand, interpret, and solve social problems in fair, equitable, and just ways. IC, IIC, IIIB. CAS-C.
Cross-listed with SOC.

SJS 177. Independent Studies. (0-5)

SJS 204. Introduction to Service-Learning. (3)

Focuses on the integration of service and community engagement with academic goals as pedagogy. Students will learn how to identify authentic community needs and match them with academic goals. Students will participate in Service-Learning throughout the semester.
Cross-listed with WST.

SJS 215. EMPOWER I: Educational and Economic Justice and Service-Learning. (3)

EMPOWER explores how educational and economic injustices impact communities and considers strategies for social change. This course contains a Service-Learning component. IC.

SJS 216. EMPOWER II: The Intersections of Race, Class, and Education. (3)

Builds on the concepts learned in EMPOWER I to further explore issues of race and class and how they intersect in education. This course contains a Service-Learning component. Recommended prerequisite: SJS 215.

SJS 265. Critical Inquiry: Penny Lecture Series. (2)

Weekly lectures given by different Black World Studies Affiliates. Credit/No Credit.
Cross-listed with BWS/SOC.

SJS 277. Independent Studies. (0-5)

SJS 303. Life After Graduation: Careers in Sociology/Social Justice. (3)

Explores a variety of career paths that use the skills acquired by sociology and social justice studies students while developing and honing those skills.
Cross-listed with SOC.

SJS 304. Theory Into Action: Service-Learning. (3)

Focuses on sustaining community and faculty partnerships as part of cultivating a culture of service and reflection through Service-Learning.
Prerequisite: SJS/WST 204 or instructor approved course.
Cross-listed with WST.

SJS 323. Social Justice and Change. (3)

Study of how social justice is realized through social change, focusing on the individual and collective actions of people fighting for their vision of a just world and a just future.
Prerequisites: SOC 151 or SOC 153 or SJS/SOC 165 or BWS 151 or DST/EDP/SOC 272.
Cross-listed with SOC.

SJS 377. Independent Studies. (0-5)

SJS 419/SJS 519. Environment, Society & Justice. (3)

Interdisciplinary studies of the underlying social aspects of environmental problems and issues. Topics include the unequal distribution of hazardous waste sites, the environmental impacts of war, vulnerability to disaster, the social construction of the environment, population growth, environmental movements, the political economy of the environment, and ecological modernization.
Cross-listed with IES.

SJS 470. Social/Political Activism. (3) (MPC)

Provides students with the opportunity to explore how indigenous groups effect change in their communities.
Prerequisite: SOC 151 or SOC 153 or SJS/SOC 165.
Cross-listed with BWS/DST/SOC.

SJS 477. Independent Studies. (0-5)

SJS 487. Globalization, Social Justice and Human Rights. (3) (MPF)

This course explores the theories, issues, debates, and pedagogy associated with globalization, social justice, and human rights. The course provides students with a unique opportunity to explore these topics within the classroom and, via internet and other technologies, across classrooms located around the globe. The student, through collaborative projects with peers around the world, will reflect upon how globalization shapes and transforms local communities and national cultures. IC, IIIB. CAS-C.
Prerequisites: GIC 101, SOC 151 or 152 or SJS/SOC 165.
Cross-listed with GIC/SOC.

SJS 497/SJS 597. Methods of Social Justice Inquiry. (3)

Historical and critical overview of methods of inquiry used by scholars and activists seeking social justice, with emphasis on Participatory Action Research, Narrative Analysis, Community Psychology, Institutional Ethnography, and Mixed-Methods designs. Examines methodologies of previous and current research as framed by social constructionist epistemology, interdisciplinary conceptual frameworks, cultural values, and politics of advocacy for equity and fairness. Provides mentoring in application of techniques.
Cross-listed with FSW/PSY/WGS.