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Social Justice Studies

Social Justice Studies (SJS) Courses

SJS 299 Experimental Offering in Social Justice Studies

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:January 1, 2022

This is the experimental courses description.


SJS 300 Introduction to Social Justice Studies

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area V(b); AA/AS Area VI; CSU Area D; IGETC Area 4
  • C-ID:C-ID SJS 110
  • Catalog Date:January 1, 2022

This interdisciplinary course introduces students to the social structures, institutional processes, power relationships, and cultural mechanisms that construct and resist oppression. The course examines the sociology, history, economy, and psychology of oppression based on race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and other aspects of group identity and experience in the U.S. The course also explores the histories, strategies, and structures of movements for social justice and liberation, as well as investigating how creating and undoing asymmetrical power relations are linked to social structures, institutional processes, and culture. Additionally, it provides a basis for a better understanding of socioeconomic, political, and cultural conditions of key social groups in the United States. Topics include theoretical foundations of social justice and oppression, history and politics of group identity, culture and ideologies, forms of oppression, privilege, and forms of resistance.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • explain and apply the foundational theories within social justice studies, especially relating to race and ethnicity and their intersections with class, political economy, gender, and sexuality.
  • compare and contrast the histories, experiences, and contributions of groups oppressed because of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality in the United States.
  • identify and analyze the role of culture in oppression and in empowerment, including art, film, literature, or music reflecting different groups.
  • identify structural and institutional forms of oppression, and analyze the role that privilege and asymmetrical power play.
  • assess the importance and practice of human and civil rights efforts in promoting social justice, liberation, and decolonization.
  • Explore and assess histories of colonization, segregation, slavery, genocide, persecution, internment, and other forms of systematic dehumanization experienced by different groups.

SJS 499 Experimental Offering in Social Justice Studies

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:January 1, 2022

This is the experimental courses description.