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University of Colorado Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Social Justice


(3 credits) One of these two introductory core courses:

General Course Descriptions(specific syllabi will vary)

Introductory Core Course -- Social Science Option:

SJUS 2000-3. Democratic Participation and Social Justice.

Examines how well the United States, Colorado and Denver are doing in addressing issues of social justice, such as inequality and environmental degradation. Explores various modes of democratic participation--electoral politics, community activism, and lifestyle changes--in advancing social justice.

Last offered by Harvey Bishop, Political Science: TR 10 to 11:15 a.m. in Fall 2009; that course's actual syllabus is here.

Introductory Core Course -- Humanities Option:

SJUS 2010-3. Social Justice: Theories, Narratives, and Technologies.

How can citizens of a democracy address social justice issues? This course examines theoretical perspectives relevant to social justice, the narratives which express and question social order, and the technologies which alternately shape and reflect local, regional, and global cultures.

Next offering by Cate Wiley, English: SPRING 2010 Meetings: T R - 11:30AM to 12:45PM. Get a flier, here!

Professor Wiley's course description:

How can we as citizens in a wealthy democracy contribute to advancing social justice and environmental sustainability? While we have the conditions for economic opportunity here in the U.S., can we learn to self-regulate our own passions for good of the whole? Course will include guest lectures from professors in Philosophy, History, Religion, and Communications and readings in Chicana fiction, the Gospels, American slave narratives, Canadian science fiction, labor history, Plato, African American poetry, media studies and more! Contact Catherine.wiley@ucdenver.edufor more information.

Social Justice Capstone Course: SJUS 4000

Not yet offered. This course is required for all students with a minor in Social Justice. Students who are planning to take SSC 4000 should meet with the faculty member(s) teaching this course before the beginning of the semester to develop a plan for the research project to be undertaken in the course.


Capstone Course Objectives

  1. Assess cognitive and affective learning in a student-centered and a student-directed manner which requires the command, analysis and synthesis of knowledge and skills.
  2. Integrate learning from the courses in the minor and involve the application of that learning to a project which serves as an instrument of evaluation.
  3. Foster partnerships among university departments through cooperative teaching and help to cultivate sustained relationships with community partners.

Specifically, the capstone course in Social Justice will include the following components:

  1. Research projects that address important civic issues relating to social justice, sustainability, non-violence and/or social change and are carried out in collaboration with community partners. These may be individual or group projects and ones carried out during the capstone course or involve the revision and expansion of research papers completed in earlier courses which fit these criteria.
  2. Public presentation of research project findings to the partners and the academic community.
  3. Reading, discussion and writing that involves reflection on social justice goals and means.

Upper Division Courses Which May Be Counted Toward Minor

[Other courses besides those below may be approved with permission of Director]

Upper division courses in humanities and social sciences

  • ANTH 3142 Cultural Diversity in the Modern World
  • ANTH 3200 Human Migration: Nomads, Sojourners and Settlers
  • ANTH 4070/5070 Culture of Development and Globalization
  • CMMU 4022/5022 Critical Analysis of Communication
  • CMMU 4200 Persuasion
  • CMMU 4215/5215 Ethics in Communication
  • CMMU 4260 Communication and Conflict
  • ENGL 4180 Argumentation and Logic
  • ENGL 4280/5280 Proposal and Grant Writing
  • ENGL 4701 Multimedia and the Community
  • ETST 3002 Ethnicity, Health and Social Justice
  • ETST 3274 Power, Poverty and Culture
  • GEOG 3411 Globalization and Regional Development
  • GEOG 4640/5640 Urban Geography
  • HIST 3235 US Labor History
  • HIST 3611/ ENGL 3400 Survey of Feminist Thought
  • HIST 4028/5028 Nineteenth Century Intellectual History
  • HIST 4217/5217 Consumer Culture
  • PHIL 3200 Social and Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 3280 War and Morality
  • PHIL 3500 - Ideology & Culture: Race & Sex
  • PHIL 4101/5101 Pragmatism
  • PHIL 4920/5920 Philosophy of Media and Technology
  • P SC 3034 Race, Gender, Law and Public Policy
  • P SC 4025/5025 Local Government and Globalization
  • P SC 4207 Theories of Social and Political Change
  • RLST 4000 Religion and Cultural Diversity
  • SOC 3001 Urban Sociology
  • SOC 3030 Social Change
  • SOC 4160/5160 Contemporary Sociological Theory