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Social Justice

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Information

Liz Cannon , Director

Department Office: Sage Hall 3455
Department Telephone: (920) 424-3462

Faculty

Faculty

Faculty come from the following participating departments: 

African American Studies Human Services
Anthropology International Studies 
Communication Philosophy
Criminal Justice Political Science
Economics Psychology
Elementary/Secondary Education Religious Studies
English Social Work
Environmental Studies Sociology
Health Education Women's Studies
History,

Degrees

Degrees

  • Undergraduate: In combination with a major, the Social Justice minor can lead to a baccalaureate degree.

  • Graduate: None

Summary of Fields of Study

Summary of Fields of Study

  1. The Goal(s)

    • Recommended for students wishing to engage in the critical examination of social justice in theory and practice, to understand principles of effective social activism, and to evaluate and formulate policies in areas such as racism, violence, literacy, human rights, gender equity, hunger, poverty, and social and environmental sustainability.

  2. The Major(s)

    • None

  3. The Minor(s)

    • The program offers one minor(s): Social Justice.

Admission/Graduation Requirements

Admission/Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for graduation, students must meet all requirement for the degree being sought in addition to earning a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in all courses required for the Social Justice minor. Refer to the following for complete requirements.

Required Core Courses

Required Core Courses

  • See Minor below.

The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

  • None

The Minor(s)

The Minor(s)

The Social Justice minor offers students two avenues to pursue their interest in social justice. First, students may choose one of the following prepared emphases of courses: 1) Prejudice and Discrimination, 2) Poverty, 3) Environment and Social Justice, 4) Human Rights, 5) Social Activism. Second, students have the opportunity to construct, with the advice of the Social Justice Director and approval of the Social Justice Steering Committee, a program of study that addresses the specific aspects of social justice that concern them the most, such as "Women, Children, and Poverty", "Human Rights and the Law" or "The International Politics of Environmentalism". The minor provides a solid foundation for citizen activists in any career, as well as those seeking professional work in any aspect of public service.

  • Required Units (crs.): 21 minimum

  • Required Courses: 6 credits

    • Social Justice 101 or 102, Introduction to Social Justice (3 cr.).

    • A capstone course (3 credits) chosen from a variety of appropriate upper division action research, service learning, honors thesis and seminar courses. Examples include Social Justice 366, 399, 446, Service Learning Independent Study (Interdisciplinary 366 or 367); Independent Study (Interdisciplinary 446); or their disciplinary counterparts.

  • Electives: 15 credits

    • Students will develop individualized plans of study in conjunction with two faculty advisers. Approved courses are listed on the web site. It is intended that students will take courses from at least two categories to complete the minor. The categories are: 1) Political Economy, 2) Ethical and Cultural Foundations, 3) Social Problems and Policies, and 4) Capstone.

    • Students can also meet the requirements for the minor by choosing one of the five pre-approved sequences (see above) and completing the course work for the sequence.

  • Comments:
    Students must earn at least a minimum grade of C in each course included in the minor. At least 12 credits in the Social Justice minor must be upper division (numbered 300 or above). Courses in the Social Justice minor may also be used to satisfy General Education requirements (no limit to the number of credits) or the requirements of other departmental majors and minors (up to a maximum of nine credits). A maximum of six credits (including the capstone course) from the Practical Applications category may be applied to the minor. For a list of approved Social Justice courses, please see the Social Justice web site at: www.uwosh.edu/social_justice.

Course Offering(s)

Course Offering(s)

Social Justice   101                                           3 (crs.)

Introduction to Social Justice (XS) (SS)

This is an introductory course focused on social justice, designed to provide an understanding of contemporary issues related to social justice and in identifying and assessing relevant social, economic and behavioral factors which impact people experiencing injustice and oppression. Topics including race, gender, class, disability, gender orientation and environmental injustice, (historic and current) will be explored. Corrective measures which have been used as well as potential corrective measures, will also be explored.

 

Social Justice   102                                           3 (crs.)

Introduction to Social Justice: Ethnic Studies (XS) (SS) (ES)

This is an introductory course focused on social justice, designed to provide an understanding of contemporary issues related to social justice and in identifying and assessing relevant social, economic and behavioral factors which impact people experiencing injustice and oppression. Topics including race, gender, class, disability, gender orientation and environmental injustice, (historic and current) will be explored. Corrective measures which have been used as well as potential corrective measures, will also be explored. Credit cannot be received for both Social Justice 101 and 102. Course will focus on the Intercultural Knowledge and Competence question.

 

Social Justice   303                                           3 (crs.)

Women and Politics (SS)

This a comparative politics course that examines how women's political power varies across countries and why differences exist. The course examines topics such as women's representation in government; women's movements and degree of success in achieving their objectives; women and violence; the welfare state and how social policy affects women's political and economic empowerment; and reproductive health policy comparatively. Cross-listed: Political Science 303/ Women's Studies 303/Social Justice 303. Students may receive credit for only one of the three cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: Political Science 105.

 

 

Social Justice   304                                           3 (crs.)

Race and Ethnicity in United States Politics (ES) (SS)

How issues of race and ethnicity have been defined and by whom, and their impact on communities of color; the strategies used by minority groups to become equal participants in the political system; how economic and social conditions might affect political opportunities for minority groups. This course will examine these topics in a historical perspective, with an eye to the interplay between national, state and  local political outcomes. Cross-listed: Political Science 304/Social Justice 304. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.

 

 

Social Justice   307                                           3 (crs.)

Discrimination, Gender, and the Economy

Analysis of the experiences of women and ethnic minorities in the economy, extending the traditional interpretations of economic issues to the unique experiences of these groups. Economic tools will be developed, and then applied to such topics as Comparable Worth, Wage Determination, Occupational Choice and Segregation, Poverty, and the Criminal Justice System. Cross-listed: Economics 307/Women's Studies/Social Justice 307. Students may receive credit for only one of the three cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: Economics 106, 204, 206, 208 or 209.

 

 

Social Justice   313                                           3 (crs.)

Politics of Genocide

In this course, we examine the sad phenomenon of genocide from two distinct perspectives in our discipline: comparative politics and international relations. In the beginning of the course, we look inside the state to get an idea of the social, economic and political situations that make a state more susceptible to genocide and see if there are indicators common to most genocides. The second part of the course examines several genocides in detail. In the final section of the course, we attempt to figure out why preventing and punishing genocide and other crimes against humanity is so difficult, and evaluate the methods used for prosecution and punishment to date. Cross-listed: Political Science 313/Social Justice 313. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Political Science 101 or 115.

 

 

Social Justice   314                                           3 (crs.)

Inside-Out Prison Exchange

Focuses on how language shapes our understanding of issues and topics related to incarceration. This course brings together equal numbers of UWO students and incarcerated students at a local correctional institution. Ten join class sessions are held at the correctional institution. The other three class sessions are held on campus for UWO students and at the correctional facility for incarcerated students. Prerequisites: By Instructor Consent Only. To be considered for a seat in this course, students must complete an interview with the instructor.

 

 

Social Justice   317                                           3 (crs.)

Sociology of Health & Illness

Patterns of health and illness related to social organization and institutions. Issues include the social aspects of physical and mental illness, health related to culture, social structure, class, race, gender and ethnicity, social constructions of the body, changes in patterns of health and illness over time, health organizations and the socio-economic basis of the health care system. Sociology 317/Social Justice 317. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Social Justice   318                                           3 (crs.)

Religion and Sexuality

In this class, we will explore how religious practice and sexuality intersect, with a particular focus on the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer-identified (LGBTQ) individuals in the modern world. By placing LGBTQ issues at the center of study, we will gain a greater understanding of how religious adherents think about the very notion of sexuality itself. We will also become more sophisticated in our ability to engage with civic questions about religion, families and rights.

 

 

Social Justice   325                                           3 (crs.)

Collective Behavior and Social Movements (SS)

Collective Behavior provides an analysis of spontaneous, emergent and transitory behavior in relatively unstructured social situations. Social Movements considers formation and dynamics of collective efforts to change or maintain the status quo or to return to some antecedent state. Sociology 325/Social Justice 325. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor. Strongly recommended: Minimum of six units (crs.) in Sociology.

 

 

Social Justice   326                                           3 (crs.)

Politics of Development (SS)

This course explores the concept of 'development' and critically examines experiences of economic and political development in the developing world in order to understand the political roots of diverse government policies to confront major development issues such as poverty, injustice, corruption, democratization, environmental degradation and deadly conflict. Cross-listed: Political Science 326/Social Justice 326. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Political Science 101 or 115.

 

 

Social Justice   331                                           3 (crs.)

Social Stratification (SS)

Systems of hierarchical ranking in American and other societies.  Castes, estates and social classes. Stratification theory. Significant American studies of social class structure, power and mobility. Sociology 331/Social Justice 331. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Social Justice   332                                           3 (crs.)

Violence: An Examination of the Institutional Foundations

In the United States, predominant theories of violence focus on individualistic explanations as the root cause of violence while ignoring the broader and deeper role of social institutions in establishing and perpetuating policies and beliefs in utilizing violence to resolve political, social and personal conflicts. Course will emphasize how societies can construct and apply less than human identities to individuals, racial or ethnic groups or other nation states which then allow us to utilize forms of violence against them as "others". Course will include historical and theoretical reviews of slavery, slave law, lynching, death penalty, genocide's, economic violence, environmental violence and gendered violence, all of which disproportionately impact minority populations. Cross-listed: Criminal Justice 332/Social Justice 332. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Criminal Justice 110, or Criminal Justice 103 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Social Justice   333                                           3 (crs.)

Illegal Bias in the Criminal Justice System (SS)

An examination of the extent of illegal biases in criminal justice practice. Students will be guided to confront their and others' attitudes shaped by racial, sexual and sexual orientation biases. The primary goal is to teach a method of open discourse to negotiate these conflicts in an evolving culture. Cross-listed: Criminal Justice 333/Social Justice 333. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 103 (Intro to Criminal Justice) or Criminal Justice 110 (Intro to Criminal Justice for majors) or consent of instructor.

 

 

Social Justice   347                                           3 (crs.)

Race, Class, Gender in the Mass Media (ES) (HU)

An introduction to the issues of race, class and gender, including sexual orientation, and their function within motion pictures and the electronic media. The investigation into media representations will reveal the historical, social and political contexts that shaped and continue to construct these images. Cross-listed: RTF 347/Women's Studies 347/Social Justice. Students may receive credit for only one of the cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and Communication 201 for RTF majors and minors: OR 2.5 Cumulative GPA and Women Studies 201 for Women's Studies majors and minors; OR Communication 118 and 236 for Speech Communication majors; OR Cumulative GPA 2.0 and Social Justice 101 for Social Justice minors OR instructor consent.

 

 

Social Justice   353                                           3 (crs.)

Convict Criminology

Convict Criminology explores a new way of thinking about crime and corrections. This course examines the emerging field of convict criminology that consists primarily of essays and empirical research conducted and written by convicts, or ex-convicts, on their way to completing or already in possession of a Ph.D., or by enlightened academics who critique existing literature, policies and practices, thus contributing to a new perspective in criminology, criminal justice, corrections and community corrections. Cross-listed Criminal Justice 353/Social Justice 353. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 103 (Intro to Criminal Justice) or Criminal Justice 110 (Intro to Criminal Justice for majors) or consent of instructor.

 

 

Social Justice   355                                           3 (crs.)

Modern Political Thought (SS)

This course examines the theory of how politics works and how it should work by reading and considering major political thinkers from the Renaissance forward to modernity. These thinkers make claims about humans and societies that cross time and  context. Thus, we consider how their arguments have been employed and their continued relevance given today's issues and challenges. A number of theorists we meet are among the most influential writers in human history and we assess how our thinking has been affected by them. Alternative visions of the way things should be and explanations of how society works are considered, as well. Cross-listed: Political Science 355/Social Justice 355. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: Political Science 101 or 105 or 144 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Social Justice   359                                           3 (crs.)

Minority Groups (ES) (SS)

Racial and cultural minority groups in the United States, prejudice, types of discrimination and social processes in intergroup relations. Sociology 359/Social Justice 359. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Social Justice   366                                           1-3 (crs.)

Service Learning Field Study

In this course, students will apply their Social Justice education in service activities in the community related to social justice issues, under the supervision of an individual at the site and a member of the faculty/academic staff. Students will volunteer for a certain number of hours per week depending upon the number of credits they will receive. Students will also write reflective papers that connect their service experiences with relevant readings. Prerequisites: Instructor permission (Note: The general prerequisites for Independent Study/Related Readings are waived for this course).

 

 

Social Justice   368                                           3 (crs.)

Sociology of Gender (SS)

Analysis of the social construction of gender, which shapes the lives of men and women through the organization of roles or patterns of expectations related to order in society, including sex-typed behavior and self-expression, sexualities, the division of labor, the organization of households, parenting, power and gender-based forms of discrimination. Sociology 368/Women's; Studies 368/Social Justice 368. Students may receive credit for only one of the three cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Social Justice   377                                           3 (crs.)

Foundations of American Political Thought (SS)

This course introduces some of the key themes, thinkers and decision points in American history from the American founding forward to the New Deal. The ideas of prevalent commentators and political practitioners will be featured. Through them, we will attempt to discern the values which have shaped and influenced the United States government and American attitudes. Alternative visions of government and paths not taken will also be considered. Those who complete the course will come to appreciate the great variety of American political thought. Readings and discussion will help us to discern what kind of community we have been and how ideas have shaped the American nation, matters of utmost concern for the politically literate citizen.

 

 

Social Justice   378                                           3 (crs.)

Modern American Political Thought

An exploration of key themes, dilemmas and decision points in American political history from the New Deal to the present. The ideas of influential thinkers and political practitioners like John Dewey, Milton Friedman, Michael Walzer, Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama are featured, as well as those who present alternative visions of the American political landscape. Prerequisite: Political Science 105.

 

 

Social Justice   395                                           3 (crs.)

Special Topics: Optional Content

A course on a topic not normally covered in the curriculum. Each time it is offered, the topic will be announced in the timetable. May be repeated with a different content.

 

 

Social Justice   399                                           3 (crs.)

Special Topics in Off-Campus Study (OC)

In this course, students will learn what social justice issues are prevalent in another country or region of the United States and what actions are being taken to address them. The off-campus experience will be lead by a Social Justice faculty/academic staff member, looking at such issues as poverty, human rights, prejudice and discrimination, and gender activism. Students will interact with community members and be immersed in the culture of that country or region. Students will also write reflective papers that connect their experiences with relevant readings. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

 

 

Social Justice   446                                           1-3 (crs.)

Independent Study

See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites and proper contract form requirements.

 

 

Social Justice   450                                           3 (crs.)

Rhetoric of the US Women's Rights Movement 1848-1920 (SS)

This course introduces students to primary rhetorical texts of the U.S. women's rights movement, from 1848 to 1920. Emphasis on the analysis of the arguments, appeals and ideas of the movement. Students may receive credit for only one of the cross-listed courses. Prerequisites for majors/minors: Communication 104 and 219; and Prerequisite or Corequisite for Communication 368 or consent of instructor. Prerequisite for Women's Studies major/minors: Women's Studies 201 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Social Justice   451                                           3 (crs.)

Rhetoric of the U.S. Women's Movement 1920-Present (SS)

This course introduces students to primary rhetorical texts of the U.S. women's rights movement from 1920 to present. Emphasis on the analysis of the arguments, appeals and ideas of the movement. Students can earn credit for only one of the cross-listed courses: Communication 451/Women's Studies 451/Social Justice 451. Prerequisites for Communication Studies majors/minors: Communication 104 and 219; and Prerequisite or Corequisite for Communication Studies majors/minors: Communication 368 or consent of instructor. Prerequisite for Women's Studies majors/minors:  Women's Studies 201; or consent of instructor.

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