Peace and Justice Studies Course Descriptions

RS 154 ISSUES OF WAR AND PEACE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course will attempt to examine issues of war and peace from the perspective of the Judaeo-Christian tradition. It will endeavor to help students to become more involved with these very complex issues as members of religious communities and citizens of this country. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

RS 174 SOCIAL JUSTICE AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Through the study of Judaeo-Christian social thought, this course will provide a theological method for examining problems relative to social justice and human development. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

HIS 172 AMERICAN HERITAGE II

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A continuation of the study of United States history from the Reconstruction to the present. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.  Fall and spring.

PHI 160 INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

What are the sources of morality? What makes an action right or wrong? What constitutes the good life? This course will explore these questions and examine related issues such as absolutism vs. relativism, objectivism vs. subjectivism, rules vs. outcomes. General theories will be applied to specific ethical dilemmas through discussion. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.  Fall and spring.

HIS 224 SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST ASIA

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of post World War II developments in India, Pakistan and Southeast Asian countries in light of past history. Emphasis will be on the rise of nationalism, problems of a social and economic order and an evaluation of world involvement in the areas. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

HIS 225 THE MAKING OF THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course explores the history of the Middle East with special emphasis on the origins of contemporary problems. Topics include the rise of nationalism and religious fundamentalism, the legacies of Ottoman and Western rule and the East-West conflict. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

HIS 250 LATIN AMERICA

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

civilization in America from its colonial period to the present. Focus will be on the emergence of selected countries as modern nations    and upon Latin America in hemispheric and world affairs in the 20th century. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

HIS 267 HISTORY OF IRELAND

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Survey of Irish history from prehistoric times to the present. Emphasis will be on both political and cultural heritage, as well as on social and economic problems. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

PHI 260 AN INQUIRY INTO CROSS CULTURAL GUIDES FOR LIVING

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course will examine a selection of culturally and historically diverse manuals written as guides for achieving the good life. Our goal will be to examine and critique these foundational works about human nature and the achievement of happiness so as to reflect upon the universal elements that link them to together and render them meaningful to citizens of the 2First century. As part of the process we will explore contemporary examples and also examine the postmodern skepticism concerning the very concept of guides for living. Recommended: Either PHI 124, 154, 160 or department approval. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

POL 203 POLITICAL AND CIVIL RIGHTS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the nature and practice of political and civil rights, with an emphasis placed upon the study of contemporary controversies, such as hate speech, separation of church and state and the rights of the accused. Special attention will be paid to the interaction of political and judicial processes. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

POL 215 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, LAW AND ORGANIZATION

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An introductory survey of international relations. Emphasis will be placed on theories about how nations relate to one another, the role of governmental and non-governmental organizations in the international community and the resolution of international issues and problems. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

POL 220 WAR, REVOLUTION AND RESISTANCE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course inquires into one of the most intractable problems of our time – the phenomenon of political violence and its most common manifestations (e.g. war and revolution). In analyzing this phenomenon, emphasis will be placed on its origins, underlying motivations and consequences. Special emphasis will be placed on identifying and defining the criteria that distinguish justifiable from unjustifiable violence. Prerequisite: POL 102 or POL 103 or POL 205 or POL 215. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

SOC 237 INEQUALITY AND SOCIAL CLASS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Topics include: The values, life styles and ideologies of the various classes; the relationship of the classes to economic, political and educational institutions; changes in the class structure. Prerequisite: SOC 100, SOC 133 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

SOC 249 RACE AND ETHNIC RELATIONS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An examination of race and ethnic relations in American society, including a discussion of assimilation vs. pluralism, minority status, group tensions and the dynamics of prejudice and discrimination. The experience of historic and contemporary ethnic groups in New York will be explored. Prerequisite: SOC 100, SOC 133 or SOC 136, 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

HIS 350 THE HOLOCAUST

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An in-depth study of the fate of European Jews during World War II. The subject is approached from a variety of perspectives, including the history of anti-Semitism, the history of state sponsored ethnic murder, the rise of Nazism and details of World War II. The German persecution of gypsies, Communists and other minorities will also be examined. Prerequisite: HIS 102 or departmental permission.3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

HIS 360 THE VIETNAM ERA

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A seminar on the Vietnam War from its origins in the 1950s to the current debate over the legacy of the conflict. Competing interpretations of America’s involvement in the war and its consequences for her political culture will be analyzed. Prerequisite: HIS 172 or departmental permission. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

SOC 310 THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An in-depth study of the movement for civil rights from its origins to the present. The struggle for African-American freedom and justice is presented in the context of local and national organizations. Discussion topics include the formation of the NAACP, the Brown decision and school integration, the Montgomery bus boycott, voter registration, Freedom Summer, black power, student activism and woman activists. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 133 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

RS 300 INTERDISCIPLINARY READINGS ON PEACE AND JUSTICE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A course of selected readings, lectures and discussions of the theories and practical applications of peacemaking. Views on the possibilities for peace and justice in the first century will be presented from various disciplines. Required for all peace and justice studies minors. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

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