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Democracy and Justice Studies (DJS)


DJS 101. Introduction to Democracy and Justice Studies. 3 Credits.

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.
Fall and Spring.

DJS 198. First Year Seminar. 3 Credits.

Reserved for New Incoming Freshman.

DJS 204. Freedom and Social Control. 3 Credits.

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.
Fall and Spring.

DJS 241. Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies. 3 Credits.

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.
Fall and Spring.

DJS 299. Travel Course. 1-4 Credits.

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.
P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.

DJS 303. Criminal Justice Process. 3 Credits.

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.
P: POL SCI 101 and SOCIOL 202.
Fall Only.

DJS 307. History of Economic Thought. 3 Credits.

Historical development of contemporary economic thought from the mercantilist period to the present emphasizing contributions of major schools of economic thought.
P: jr st.
Fall Only.

DJS 320. Constitutional Law. 3 Credits.

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.
P: POL SCI 101.
Fall Only.

DJS 325. Law and Society. 3 Credits.

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.
P: HISTORY 206 or POL SCI 100 or 101 or SOCIOL 202.

DJS 348. Gender and the Law. 3 Credits.

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.
P: sophomore standing
Fall Even.

DJS 349. American Political Thought. 3 Credits.

The history and development of American political thought, with attention to the thinkers and themes influential to controversies, ideologies, and institutions in American politics.
P: POL SCI 101

DJS 353. The U.S. and the World. 3 Credits.

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.
P: HISTORY 206 or POL SCI 100 or POL SCI 101.
Spring Even.

DJS 361. Historical Perspectives on American Democracy. 3 Credits.

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.
P: ENG COMP 105 or 228; REC: ANTHRO 100 or SOCIOL 202; and History 100 or HUM STUD 202.
Fall Only.

DJS 362. Power and Change in America. 3 Credits.

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.
P: POL SCI 101 or SOCIOL 202.
Spring Odd.

DJS 363. Topics in Democracy and Justice. 3 Credits.

Explores a single theme pertaining to democracy and justice from an interdisciplinary perspective. Variable content.
P: DJS 101.

DJS 365. U.S. Labor and the Working Class: Past and Present. 3 Credits.

This course introduces 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.

DJS 371. Gender and Economic Justice. 3 Credits.

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.
P: DJS/Wost 241
Spring Even.

DJS 437. Feminist Theory. 3 Credits.

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.
P: DJS 241.
Spring Even.

DJS 461. Social and Political Criticism. 3 Credits.

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.
P: DJS 360 or 361 or SOCIOL 302 or 307.

DJS 470. Senior Seminar in Democracy and Justice Studies. 3 Credits.

Rigorous analysis of an important social change issue or of the work of an important social change theorist.
P: DJS 361; and ENG COMP 105 or 228.
Fall and Spring.

DJS 478. Honors in the Major. 3 Credits.

Honors in the Major is designed to recognize student excellence within interdisciplinary and disciplinary academic programs.
P: min 3.50 all cses req for major and min gpa 3.75 all UL cses req for major.
Fall and Spring.

DJS 497. Internship. 1-12 Credits.

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.
P: jr st.
Fall and Spring.

DJS 498. Independent Study. 1-4 Credits.

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.
P: fr or so st with cum gpa > or = 2.50; or jr or sr st with cum gpa > or = 2.00.
Fall and Spring.

DJS 499. Travel Course. 1-6 Credits.

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.
P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.