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WKU Center for Citizenship & Social Justice

Citizenship & Social Justice Minor


Core Classes:

CSJ 200 - Introduction to Social Justice with D. Cuomo - Fall and Spring

An introductory study of theories, concepts and strategies of social justice, including individual action, policy, advocacy, and collective action.

CSJ 301 – Seminar in Social Justice with M.Kerby - Spring 2018 and C. Hopson Fall 2018

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CSJ 435 - Reimagining Citizenship with D. Cuomo - Spring 2018 - CSJ 435 ONLY OFFERED IN SPRING SEMESTERS

Drawing on interdisciplinary scholarship, this course will introduce students to theories and concepts of citizenship that we will use to examine social justice issues including gender-based violence, gerrymandering, policing & incarceration, immigration and neocolonialism. With emphasis on solidarity, alliances and coalition building, this course expands traditional conceptions of citizenship to reimagine new possibilities of rights, responsibilities, civic engagement and political participation within and beyond the nation-state.

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CSJ 499 – Social Justice Capstone with L. Ashwill - Fall and Spring

A capstone experience in which students engage in and reflect upon public work.

Electives for Fall 2018:

AFAM 190 – African American Experience with C. Hopson,  A. Rosa and S. Ardrey

African American life and experiences in the United States viewed from a cross-disciplinary perspective. Seven core subjects are surveyed: African American history, religion, politics, creative productions (music, dance, theatre), economics, social organizations and psychology. *Available Online 

AFAM 343 – Communities of Struggle with A. Rosa

Examines the relationship between distinct communities of struggle in Africa and the African Diaspora and the impact of African American social movements on a range of liberation struggles within this context.

ANTH 343 – Anthropology of Gender with K, Hudepohl    

A comparative study of the role gender plays in various aspects of culture. Topics include distribution of labor, environmental impact, and ideological constraints on gender constructs in a cross-cultural concept 

ANTH 388- Foodways with B. Kaufkins and A. Stinnett

Exploration of the relationship between food and culture.

DCS 300 – Public Problem Solving with M. Kerby 

Investigation of historical perspectives and theoretical dimensions of public problem solving with attention to the development of collective power, capacities, and responsibilities.

ENG 393 – African-America Literature with C. Lewis

A critical study of the contributions of African-American writers to American literature.

FLK 330 - Cultural Connections/Diversity with T. Evans and B. Kaufkins

Service learning course that examines the diversity of American culture and engages students in activities to develop skills in working with a variety of cultural groups. 

FLK 480/G – Women’s Folklife with A. Ferrell 

The various images and roles of women in the U.S. and selected world cultures as reflected in folk life materials such as narratives, beliefs, ballads, rhymes, games, customs, and folk arts. 

GEOG 227- Our Vulnerable Planet with J. Brown and W. Blackburn

Explore how anthropogenic processes such as climate change, pollution, urban sprawl, deforestation, and desertification impact the people on Earth and its ecosystems. Does not count towards a major or minor in Geography if GEOG 280 is taken as part of the degree requirements. 

GEOG 489- Alternatives in Sustainability with A. Nemon

Addresses aspects of sustainability theory and practice, includng problem-solving and decision-making techniques and critical analyses of prominent sustainability plans. Content focuses on a single topic within the sustainability discipline for the entirety of the course. 

GWS 200 - Introduction to Gender & Women's Studies, with B. Button, K. Branham, and W. Wood.

Drawing on historical perspectives and cultural analysis, this course examines such topics as women and work, violence against women, family, and the social construction of gender, sexuality, race, and class. *Offered online 

GSW 400 - Western Femenist Thought, with K. Branham, M.Kerby, and J. Olmsted

Presents the fundamental concepts embodied in Western feminist thought as it has developed from the eighteenth century to the present. It emphasizes a close analysis of individual works and critical evaluations of the assumptions and central concepts that inform the works under consideration

HIST 380 – Human Rights in History with P. Minter

This course examines the historical origins of human rights, key disputes surrounding the content and legitimacy of human rights, and the enforcement of international humanitarian law in theory and practice.

HIST 490 – First Amendment Reporting with D. Lee

A detailed study of selected topics in history.

HON 251 – Citizen and Self, with E. Gish, A. Olson, L. Watkins, and C. Keller

A focus on the theoretical knowledge and practical skills that will lay the foundation for becoming an effective citizen. 

PHIL 323 – Social Ethics, with M. Seidler,

Perspectives and issues involved in the public pursuit of justice in a religiously and philosophically diverse society. 

PS 110 – American National Government, with various

The essentials of the political system and processes, particularly at the national level, in the United States. *Available Online and On Demand

PS 371- Public Opinion & Elective Behavior with J. Turner

A study of the formation and expression of public opinion, of the attitudes and experiences which influence voting, and of the manner in which public policy is related to opinion and elections 

PS 338 – Government & Ethics with Vaughan, S

Course examines ethical issues and controversies emerging from the behavior and decisions of public officials within the American political system. A variety of pedagogical techniques are employed to stimulate and develop ethical thinking, moral reasoning and written and oral communication skills. Note: Permission of instructor.

PS 326 – Constitutional Law with J. Budziak

Study and analysis of leading constitutional decisions dealing with judicial review, government powers over domestic and foreign affairs, federalism and the relationships between the functional branches of government.

PS 316 – Legislative Process with S. Lasley

A study of legislatures and their role in the American government system. The emphasis is on the U.S. Congress but other legislative bodies are also studied.

PS 374 - Women and Politics with V. Gordon

An examination of the political, economic and social status of American women from an historical and contemporary perspective; explores issues of concern to women in a political context.

RELS 323 - Social Ethics with M. Seidler

Perspectives and issues involved in the public pursuit of justice in a religiously and philosophically diverse society. One short field trip. Note: One course in Religious Studies or Philosophy may be required

SJB 402 First Amendment Reporting, with A. Crawford, and D. Lee 

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor. A practical, hands-on alternative capstone course that brings together skills learned throughout the student's academic career to provide an opportunity to work within a team concept and to produce a series of stories related to First Amendment issues.

SOCL 240 – Global Social Problems, with D. Lovell

Examines causes of and responses to critical social problems in different world regions, with a focus on the dimensions and impacts of globalizations. Diverse social theories are applied to interpret problems such as environmental degradation, AIDS, family violence, racism, migration, international poverty, and crime. *Available On Demand

SOCL 355 Sociology of Gender with S. Groce

Examination of the social construction of women's and men's roles in society and of the concepts of masculinity and femininity. Note: Consent of instructor.

SOCL 359 - Sexuality and Society, with M. Pruitt and W. Owsley

Sociological examination of issues, debates, and research on pornography, prostitution, sexual orientation, and sex and the law.

SOCL 362 - Race, Class, & Gender, with A. Onyekwuluje and D. Lovell

The five primary institutions (family, religion, economy, education government) as they affect and are affected by race, class, and gender in America. Explores interrelationships among those institutions and between various racial and other groups. *Available On Demand and Online.

SWRK 300- Diversity and Social Welfare with G. Mallinger

This course engages students in the analysis of the nature and impact of economics, political and social ideologies, and cultural forces that shape the development of social welfare policies impacting diverse populations in the United States and abroad. The course emphasizes comparative approaches to the analysis of welfare policies influencing service delivery locally and globally. Policies covered include those that address: poverty, public assistance, health and behavioral health care, criminal justice, child welfare, food insecurity, and homelessness. Specific attention will be paid to the implications of social welfare policies for economic, environmental, and social justice issues and their impact on marginalized populations.

SWRK 395 Social Welfare Policy & Issues with S. Funge and L. Owens

An understanding of the historical perspectives of social welfare policies as they affect current policy issues. Includes examination of the processes of policy formulation. Models of policy analysis assist students identifying, and their impact on citizens representing a diversity of backgrounds. 

PH 447 – Human Values in Health Sciences with G. English and L. Domerese

An analysis of the difficult ethical, legal, and social dilemmas confronting the health care delivery system, patients, 

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