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Social Justice

Social Justice Courses

1. Global Justice

Courses in this area examine issues of social justice at the global or international level, as well as in other countries. Courses must (1) focus directly on issues of global justice or (2) provide a background in international law or politics or (3) examine issues of social justice in other countries. 

BIO 3039    Global Field Studies Program Courses*
ECO 3303   Economic Development**
ECO 3306   International Economics**
ENG 3770   Caribbean Women Writers†
ENG 3800   Post Colonial Literature†
HSC 3103   Global Public Health
PHL 2500   Theories of Justice †
PHL 3030   Global Justice †
POL 2510   International Politics*
POL 3521   Latin American Politics*
POL 3531   Politics of developing Nations*
RTS 2990   Women in Islam
RTS 3850   War & Peace
SPA 3060   Actualidad Latinamericana*
SPA 4050   Literature(s)/Culture(s) of Resistance*
WGS 3110 Global Women’s Issues: Gender, Activism, and Social
                   Justice
WGS 3830 Gender and Global Health

2. Ethics and Theory

Courses in this area examine aspects of the ethical and theoretical foundations of contemporary concepts of social justice and efforts to enhance social justice. To be included in this category, courses must critically examine both traditional theories of justice and theories of justice from marginal perspectives.

PHL 2040    Introduction to Political Philosophy†
PHL 2070    Environmental Ethics†
PHL 2500    Theories of Justice†
PHL 2100    Women, Ethics and Society†
PHL 3030    Global Justice†
RTS 2800    Social Ethics
RTS 2950    Ethics in the Abrahamic Traditions
WGS 3000  Thinking Green: Environmental Justice, Gender, and                               Animal Rights
WGS 3100  Feminist Theory
WGS 3110  Global Women’s Issues: Gender, Activism, and Social
                    Justice

3. Legal, Political or Economic Perspectives on           Social Justice

Courses in this area examine social justice from a variety of social science perspectives. To be included in this category, courses must focus on the ways that large social structures help shape access to and understandings of social justice. These structures may include, but are not limited to, the economy, politics, the legal system, educational system, and the family. Courses should also examine race, class, sex, and gender dynamics of social justice within these institutions.

ECO 1225      Economics of Gender**
ECO 3303      Economic Development**
ECO 3304      Economics of Education**
ECO 3305      Ecological Economics**
ECO 3307      Labor Economics*
ECO 3311      Public Finance**
ECO 3315      Urban and Regional Economics**
MGT 3320     Employment Law and Labor Relations*
HIS 2340       Survey of Latin American History
HIS 3439       Slavery and Race in the Early Modern Atlantic World
                      1400-1800
PHL 2040      Introduction to Political Philosophy†
PHL 3020      Philosophy of Law†
POL 2510      International Politics*
POL 3152      Civil Liberties and Civil Rights*
POL 3521      Latin American Politics*
RTS 3850      War and Peace: Religious Perspectives
RTS 3900      Women’s Voices in the Holocaust
SOC 3150     Social Movements*
CRM 3380W Race, Class, Crime*
CRM3900     Incarceration*
WGS 3300    U.S. Women’s History
WGS 3710    Gender and the Law
WGS 3720    Gender, Immigration and the Law

4. Historical or Cultural Perspectives on Social             Justice

Courses in this area focus on cultural perspectives concerning social justice and/or on historical conflicts that have deeply affected ideas of social justice (racism, sex and gender discrimination, authoritarianism). These courses explore the practical contexts where social justice issues are determined and fought over. Courses in this area examine one or more of the following: a) how different cultures have understood and practiced social justice, b) historical problems and contexts that have challenged and informed notions of social justice, c) social and/or political struggles motivated by a demand for social justice. In order for courses to count for this category, they need to make explicit in their course description and syllabus the role that social justice has in understanding their subject matter.

BIO 3009        Environment, Ecology, and Society
BIO 3090-99  Global Field Studies Program Courses*
COM 3201     Gender and Communication**
COM 3231     Intercultural Communications
ECO 3309      Marxian Economics**
ECO 3312      History of Economic Thought**
ENG 3770      Caribbean Women Writers†
ENG 3800      Post Colonial Literature†
ENG 3810      American Literature by Women of Color†
ENG 3830      American Indian Renaissance†
ENG 3850      Twentieth Century Caribbean Writers†
ENG 3870      Literature of the Harlem Renaissance†
FAA 2505      Politics of Performance: Theatre, Government and
                      Social Change
HIS 2340       Survey of Latin American History
HIS 3439       Slavery and Race in the Early Modern Atlantic World
                      1400-1800
HSC 3103     Global Public Health
ITA 2530       Italian Women Writers
ITA 2550       The Italian-Americans and Film
ITA 2560W   The Italian Southern Question in Literature and Film
POL 3521      Latin American Politics*
PSY 3250     Cultural Psychology* RTS 2900 Holocaust
RTS 2950     Ethics in the Abrahamic Traditions
RTS 2990     Women in Islam
RTS 3030     Humans, Earth and the Sacred: Religion and the
                     Environment
RTS 3750     Jews and Christians: Conflicts and Reconciliations
RTS 3800     Ethical Witnesses: Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton
RTS 3850     War & Peace: Religious Perspectives
RTS 3900      Women’s Voices in the Holocaust
CRM 3380W Race, Class and Crime*
CRM 3500     Domestic Violence*
SOC 3600     Sociology of Health*
CRM2300     Hate Crimes*
SPA 3060     Actualidad Latinamericana*
SPA 3200     Intro to Advanced Studies*
SPA 3310     Latinos in the US: Culture and Service Learning**
SPA 3610     Race, Literature and Culture**
SPA 3620     Gender, Literature and Culture**
SPA 3630     Studies of Popular Culture of Latin America/Spain**
SPA 4050     Literature(s) /Culture(s) of Resistance**
WGS 2010    Introduction to Ethnic Studies
WGS 2200    Gender and Social Movements
WGS 2260    Southwestern Women Writers and Artists
WGS 3110    Global Women’s Issues: Gender, Activism, and Social
                     Justice
WGS 3250    Sex and Gender Studies
WGS 3360    Fieldwork in the Southwest
WGS 3420    Gender, Race, and the Media
WGS 3630     Changing Woman: Reality and Myth of Native American
                      Women
WGS 3830    Gender and Global Health Other Electives Options (not
                      required)
BIO 2010W    Ecology**
COM 3331    Communications and Nonprofit Organizing**
EDU 3620      Cultural Diversity in Schools
ESS 1050      Environmental Studies Gateway
SOC 2050     Social Work*
WRT 2020W Writing for Social Change†


Note: Courses with more than one prerequisite are mainly options for students pursuing a minor or major in the same discipline.

†  =   One prerequisite, which is either PHL1000 or ENG/WRT1050
*  =   One prerequisite
** =  Two or more prerequisites