2018-19 Catalogs

Minor in Social Justice

Faculty Organizers: Lorrayne Carroll, (ENG/CAHS), Lydia Savage (GYA/Muskie/CMHS), Julie Ziffer (PHY/CMST); Community Outreach Organizer: Gabriel Demaine

Students will be carefully advised by the faculty organizers and programming events and pop-up courses will bring minors together periodically.

The Social Justice minor will provide students with a set of courses focused on those ideas and practices directly related to the interdisciplinary field of social justice. Specifically, this minor offers students a set of queries, a field of research, and a body of theory and practice that student interests in economic access and opportunity, social and cultural production, and the multiple processes that inform the human experience of exploitation, and of justice, injustice, domination and resistance.

The Minor in Social Justice offers students an interdisciplinary curriculum grounded in the theory and practices of Social Justice and poses set of queries regarding the history and contemporary understandings of Social Justice. The Minor introduces students to, and develops their understanding of, Social Justice as a field of both research and praxis. Specific topics of study within the Minor may include conditions for economic access and opportunity; the processes of social and cultural production and reproduction; and diverse human experiences of exploitation, justice, injustice, domination and resistance. In order for students to develop and expand their study into praxis, the Minor emphasizes the practical knowledge necessary to be an informed and active citizen. This pursuit of academic and experiential knowledge prepares students for various careers, such as those in government agencies; colleges and universities; consulting firms; research institutes; corporations; domestic and international nongovernmental organizations, and international development organizations. Students will be able to enter the workforce with an understanding of structural inequalities and some means through which to reduce and/or eliminate them.

The minor is 15 credit hours with 5 courses from a minimum of 3 different departments.

  1. Foundation/Introduction (3 credits)

Introduction to Social Justice (new course to be developed)

  • ANT 101 Anthropology: The Cultural View
  • GEO 101 Human Geography
  • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
  • WGS 101 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies.
  • Other courses with permission, as appropriate
  1. Critical Thinking (3 credits)

Students are required to take at least one course (3 credits) that must not double count with major.

  • ECO 103 Critical Thinking in Economics
  • GEO 255 Making a Living: Workers in the Global Economy
  • SOC 210 Critical Thinking in Sociology
  • WGS 201 Women, Knowledge, and Power
  • Other courses with permission, as appropriate
  1. Upper-Level Electives (6 credits)

Students must take two courses (6 credits) that must not double count with major requirements. Students may use a total of 3 credits from SOJ 130 as one elective.

  • ECO 316 Foundations of lnternational Development
  • GEO 303 Economic Geography
  • GEO 302 Gender, Work, and Space
  • GEO 455 Gender, Race and Class in the City
  • GEO 481 Megacities and Global Planning Issues
  • SOC 316 Sociology of Gender
  • SOC 327 Social Movements
  • SOC 358 Sociology of Women's Work
  • SOC 365 Sociology of the Body
  • WGS 380 Politics of Difference
  • Other courses with permission, as appropriate
  1. Community Engagement (3 credits)

Student must take one course (3 credits) that must not double count with major requirements.

  • Social Justice Internship (new course to be developed)
  • ENG 334 Literacy Studies
  • GYA 350/351 Internship in Applied Geography-Anthropology
  • SOC 395 Internship
  • WGS 4851ntemship
  • Other courses with permission, as appropriate