SOCIAL JUSTICE STUDIES (SOCJ)

SOCJ 201 - INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL JUSTICE STUDIES

Various ways of conceptualiziang social justice; how the social sciences can be used to understand questions of social justice; case studies in collective action for social justice.

Credits: 3

Attributes: Social Justice Studies, Social Science

Prerequisites: ENG 102 (may be taken concurrently)

SOCJ 208 - WORKING CLASS STUDIES: FROM COAL MINES TO COVID19

What does it mean to talk about class in a nation that claims to be classless? Through the use of memoirs, radio documentaries, short stories, and yes economics, we will explore this question. The nature of the working class has changed over time, thus the subtitle: From Coal Miners to COVID. We will explore the transformations and current lives of working class people in the US and how the experience of being working class intersects with race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality.

Credits: 3

Attributes: Social Science

SOCJ 211 - THE GIG ECONOMY

You may have heard one or more of the following terms: shared economy, independent contractor, temporary worker, 1099, entrepreneur, or contingent worker. Or perhaps you have used Uber, Lyft or Airbnb. Or maybe you work at a job in which your hours vary and you only receive your schedule a week or two in advance. All of these situations are part of an emerging trend in our economy, a move away from full-time permanent employment with benefits toward more precarious work. This course examines what this means for workers, unions, and public policy.

Credits: 3

Attributes: Social Justice Studies, Social Science

Prerequisites: ECON 101 or ECON 102

SOCJ 213 - TOPICS IN SOCIAL JUSTICE STUDIES

In depth courses on special topics bearing on questions of social justice. Since topics vary by semester, students may register for the course more than once. Check the schedule of classes for its specific title in a given semester.

Credits: 3

Attributes: Social Justice Studies, Social Science

Course Notes: Content of course varies by semester.

SOCJ 214 - ECONOMICS OF GLOBALIZATION

Globalization and global economic crises have become household words, yet what do they really mean, who benefits, and who loses? This interdisciplinary course examines the phenomenon of globalization using economic, sociological, and feminist analyses to explore controversial themes of the globalization debate, some of which include: offshoring, economic development, international migration, sweatshops, transnational corporations, the Global South, and gender equity. We will examine both the benefits and costs that have resulted from the opening and crossing of international boundaries and borders and examine how these changes have impacted people from both rich and poor countries throughout the world.

Credits: 3

Attributes: International Studies, Non-western Culture, Social Justice Studies, Social Science

Prerequisites: ECON 101

SOCJ 255 - CITY & CITIZEN EMPOWERMENT

Socio-historical and political economy of urbanism; historical and philosphical debates regarding citizen empowerment, political power, social movements, and the relationship of freedom, community, and democracy. Service-learning placement required in community, grass roots, or nonprofit organization.

Credits: 4-6

Prerequisites: ENG 102

Course Notes: UWR

SOCJ 326 - THEORIES OF JUSTICE

The course wil explore some fundamental questions about economic justice in a dialogical and interdisiplinary context. Student will read selesctions from classic texts (Aristotle to Walzer) as well as journal articles by contemporary theorists. The idea and self reliance will be central to our inquiry.

Credits: 3

Attributes: Social Justice Studies, Social Science

Prerequisites: ECON 102 or SOCJ 201 or ECON 201 or POS 200

SOCJ 360 - INTERNSHIP IN SOCIAL JUSTICE STUDIES

Internship in Social Justice.

Credits: 3

Attributes: Social Science

SOCJ 395 - INTERNSHIP

Credits: 3-6

Attributes: Social Science

Course Notes: Inst. consent