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  • Prerequisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable
  • Additional Fees
Credits3
Lecture
Spring
Fall
DJS-101

Introduction to Democracy and Justice Studies

This course will introduce students to a variety of theories about democracy and justice and offer examples of those who have attempted to put decmocracy and justice into practice.

  • Gen Ed: Social Sciences 1
Credits3
Lecture
DJS-198

First Year Seminar

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Prerequisites
Reserved for New Incoming Freshman
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Spring
    Fall
    DJS-204

    Freedom and Social Control

    Explores definitions, concepts and theories used to explain and understand central features of social power. Themes include the struggle for social justice, the history of punishment in Western society, and the legal and extralegal management and disciplining of individuals and groups.

    • Gen Ed: Social Sciences 2
    Credits3
    Lecture
    DJS-230

    Law and the Judicial Process

    Courts as institutions of government and law as an instrument of government: the judiciary in the American system of government, the nature of the judicial process, judicial decisionmaking and policy-making, compliance with judicial policies, and theories of law and jurisprudence.

    • Gen Ed: Social Sciences 2
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Spring
    Fall
    DJS-241

    Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies

    Interdisciplinary introduction to the study of gender, the influence of gender on social institutions and structures, and an examination of women's lives across the globe historically and today.

    • Gen Ed: Social Sciences 1
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Fall
    DJS-251

    Sustainable Development

    Explores contradictions and possibilities resulting from incompatibilities of social and economic goals and systems with global and regional ecosystem, human and physical constraints. Case studies will include global, industrial, regional and third world issues.

    • Gen Ed: World Culture,Social Sciences 2
    Credits1-4
    Field EXP
    DJS-299

    Travel Course

    • Pre-Requisites
    • General Education
    • Travel Course
    • Repeatable

    Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

    Prerequisites
    P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
    • Gen Ed: World Culture
    • Travel Course
    • Course is repeatable for credit.
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Fall
    DJS-303

    Criminal Justice Process

    A study of the components, relations, and processes of U.S. criminal justice. The criminal justice system is theoretically linked to larger social arrangements, including class and race-ethnic stratification. Ethical problems, such as group disparities in arrest and sentencing, are given special attention.

    Prerequisites
    P: Pol Sci 101 and Sociol 202.
      Credits3
      Lecture
      Spring
      Even Only
      DJS-306

      Food, Subsistence and Globalization

      • Pre-Requisites
      • General Education
      • Writing Emphasis

      How traditional foodways and subsistence methods from hunting-gathering to family farming are changing in response to globalization; the political economy of food and food justice movements.

      Prerequisites
      P: Anthro 100.
      • Gen Ed: World Culture
      Credits3
      Lecture
      Spring
      DJS-320

      Constitutional Law

      The course emphasizes the history of constitutional law in the United States through an analysis of leading Supreme Court cases that deal with government authority as well as citizen rights and civil liberties. Special attention is given to the political and historical context of major cases and the implications for public policy.

      Prerequisites
      P: Pol Sci 101.
        Credits3
        Lecture
        Spring
        DJS-325

        Law and Society

        Explores how the courts can either promote or inhibit progressive social, political, and economic changes in contemporary American society. There is a great deal of emphasis placed on how to use theory to better understand the relationship between law and society.

        Prerequisites
        P: History 206 or Pol Sci 100 or 101 or Sociol 202.
          Credits3
          Lecture
          Spring
          Fall
          DJS-333

          Area Studies in Democracy and Justice

          • Pre-Requisites
          • General Education
          • Writing Emphasis
          • Repeatable

          Development and social justice in a selected nation or region. Course may be repeated for credit with different area.

          Prerequisites
          P: History 104 OR Hum Stud 104 OR Anthro 100 OR Pol Sci 100 OR DJS 251; and Eng Comp 105.
          • Gen Ed: World Culture
          • Course is repeatable for credit.
          Credits3
          Lecture
          Spring
          Odd Only
          DJS-340

          Gender and Sustainable Livelihoods

          • Pre-Requisites
          • General Education
          • Writing Emphasis

          Explores the relationship between women's and men's social roles and their efforts to maintain secure livelihoods around the world. In particular, the course will consider the role of globalization, regulation and social change in gendered access to labor markets, food security, household responsibilities, working conditions and more.

          Prerequisites
          P: DJS/Wost 241 or Anthro 100
          • Gen Ed: World Culture,Social Sciences 2
          Credits3
          Lecture
          Fall
          Even Only
          DJS-348

          Gender and the Law

          The changing legal status of women in relationship to other social forces; major historical landmarks in the development of women's legal rights and current status of such areas as property rights, family law and employment opportunity; legal tools in the struggle for equality.

          Prerequisites
          P: so st.
            Credits3
            Lecture
            Spring
            DJS-349

            American Political Thought

            The history and development of American political thought, with attention to the thinkers and themes influential to controversies, ideologies, and institutions in American politics.

            Prerequisites
            P: Pol Sci 101
              Credits3
              Lecture
              Fall
              DJS-351

              Political, Economy of Development

              The course examines the interaction between global governing bodies and diverse communities of citizens in response to globalization. The course raises awareness about how globalization affects the responsibilities of democratic citizenship and the material and ethical aspects of human rights and social justice.

              Prerequisites
              P: DJS 251 or Pol Sci 100
                Credits3
                Lecture
                Fall
                DJS-361

                Historical Perspectives on American Democracy

                Examination of historical thinking in scholarly work and public life and study of the making of modern American freedom, equality and democracy, past and present.

                Prerequisites
                P: Eng Comp 105 or 228; REC: Anthro 100 or Sociol 202; and History 100 or Hum Stud 202.
                  Credits3
                  Lecture
                  Spring
                  Odd Only
                  DJS-362

                  Power and Change in America

                  Study of the dynamic relations between political economy and social structure and the formation and impact of social movements, politics and ideologies in modern America.

                  Prerequisites
                  P: Pol Sci 101 or Sociol 202.
                    Credits3
                    Lecture
                    Spring
                    Odd Only
                    DJS-375

                    Gender and Global Justice

                    Debates surrounding global justice challenge us to question our obligations toward people around the world. This includes: the moral status of individuals, states and peoples; theories of human rights; the ethics of the use of force; and global inequality, poverty and distributive justice. This course will use concepts in global justice to explore the way gender norms influence women's and men's ability to access legal rights and political freedoms, to challenge legal norms and to improve social welfare.

                    Prerequisites
                    P: cse in women's studies.
                      Credits3
                      Lecture
                      Spring
                      Even Only
                      DJS-437

                      Feminist Theory

                      This course is an introduction to feminist theories from a variety of disciplinary perspectives; we will examine the development of feminist theories, their practice and contrasting viewpoints.

                      Prerequisites
                      P: DJS 241.
                        Credits3
                        Lecture
                        DJS-450

                        Topics in Democracy and Justice

                        Explores a single theme pertaining to democracy and justice from an interdisciplinary perspective. Variable content.

                        Prerequisites
                        P: DJS 101
                        • Course is repeatable for credit.
                        Credits3
                        Lecture
                        Spring
                        DJS-461

                        Social and Political Criticism

                        Operating as a seminar, we examine the role of the American social critic and the practice of social criticism on the political left, right and center. Then, operating as a writing workshop, we compose pieces of political, social and cultural criticism for possible publication.

                        Prerequisites
                        P: DJS 360 or 361 or Sociol 302 or 307.
                          Credits3
                          Lecture
                          Spring
                          Fall
                          DJS-470

                          Senior Seminar in Democracy and Justice Studies

                          • Pre-Requisites
                          • Writing Emphasis
                          • Repeatable

                          Rigorous analysis of an important social change issue or of the work of an important social change theorist.

                          Prerequisites
                          P: DJS 361; and Eng Comp 105 or 228.
                          • Course is repeatable to 6 credits.
                          Credits1-12
                          Field EXP
                          Spring
                          Fall
                          DJS-497

                          Internship

                          Supervised practical experience in an organization or activity appropriate to a student's career and educational interests. Internships are supervised by faculty members and require periodic student/faculty meetings.

                          Prerequisites
                          P: jr st.
                          • Course is repeatable for credit.
                          Credits1-4
                          IND Study
                          Spring
                          Fall
                          DJS-498

                          Independent Study

                          Independent study is offered on an individual basis at the student's request and consists of a program of learning activities planned in consultation with a faculty member. A student wishing to study or conduct research in an area not represented in available scheduled courses should develop a preliminary proposal and seek the sponsorship of a faculty member. The student's advisor can direct him or her to instructors with appropriate interests. A written report or equivalent is required for evaluation, and a short title describing the program must be sent early inthe semester to the registrar for entry on the student's transcript.

                          Prerequisites
                          P: fr or so st with cum gpa > or = 2.50; or jr or sr st with cum gpa > or = 2.00.
                          • Course is repeatable for credit.
                          Credits1-6
                          Field EXP
                          DJS-499

                          Travel Course

                          • Pre-Requisites
                          • General Education
                          • Travel Course
                          • Repeatable

                          Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

                          Prerequisites
                          P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
                          • Gen Ed: World Culture
                          • Travel Course
                          • Course is repeatable for credit.