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Democracy & Justice Studies

Courses Offered

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  • Prerequisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable
  • Additional Fees
Credits 3
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.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
  • Gen Ed: Social Sciences
Credits 3
Lecture
DJS-198

First Year Seminar

  • Pre-Requisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis

Prerequisites
Reserved for New Incoming Freshman
  • Gen Ed: First Year Seminar
Credits 3
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.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
  • Gen Ed: Social Sciences
Credits 3
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.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
  • Gen Ed: Social Sciences
Credits 1-4
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: Global Culture
  • Travel Course
  • Course is repeatable for credit.
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
DJS-303

Criminal Justice Process

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
DJS-307

History of Economic Thought

Historical development of contemporary economic thought from the mercantilist period to the present emphasizing contributions of major schools of economic thought.

Prerequisites
P: jr st.
  • Gen Ed: Social Sciences
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
DJS-320

Constitutional Law

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
DJS-325

Law and Society

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Fall
DJS-333

Area Studies in Democracy and Justice

  • Pre-Requisites
  • 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.
  • Course is repeatable for credit.
Credits 3
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: sophomore standing
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
DJS-349

American Political Thought

  • Pre-Requisites

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
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
DJS-351

Political, Economy of Development

  • Pre-Requisites

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
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Even Only
DJS-353

The U.S. and the World

This course will explore the United States' interactions with the larger world, including its experiments with imperialism, interventionism, and multilateralism, from 1898 to the present. Through our study of both United States foreign policy and the engagement of Americans with global and transnational issues such as the spread of democracy, free trade, peace, human rights, and environmentalism, we will critical gain insights into the democratic ideals of the United States and their implications for the larger global community.

Prerequisites
P: History 206 or Pol Sci 100 or Pol sci 101.
Credits 3
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.
Credits 3
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.
Credits 3
Lecture
DJS-363

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.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Even Only
DJS-371

Gender and Economic Justice

  • Pre-Requisites

This course serves as an introduction to the field of contemporary feminist approaches to economics. Questions range from conceptualization of the economy, work, well-being, and the gendered implications of policy at both micro and macro levels. The course includes an examination of contemporary economic inequalities between men and women (also differentiated by race and class), with a focus on the United States.

Prerequisites
P: DJS/Wost 241
Credits 3
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.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Even Only
DJS-437

Feminist Theory

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
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.
Credits 3
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.
Credits 3
Ind Study
Spring
Fall
DJS-478

Honors in the Major

  • Pre-Requisites

Prerequisites
P: min 3.50 all cses req for major and min gpa 3.75 all UL cses req for major.
Credits 3
Lecture
DJS-483B

US Labor and Working-Class History

  • Pre-Requisites

Who has done the work that drives economic production and social reproduction in American history, and under what terms have they labored? The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the major themes around the history of American working men and women in the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. The course examines the social and political place of working people as well as cultural practices and how they impacted workers' political consciousness.

Prerequisites
P: None REC: Junior status
Credits 1-12
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.
Credits 1-4
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.
Credits 1-6
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: Global Culture
  • Travel Course
  • Course is repeatable for credit.