Course selection is hard. Let us make it easier by highlighting some excellent undergraduate courses that engage social and economic justice issues in line with the Kalmanovitz Initiative’s mission. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or suggestions. May the odds be ever in your favor!
Black Feminism – 30213 – AFAM 215 – 01
Prof. Soyica Diggs Colbert | M 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Prof. John Kline | M 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Heroes and Villains – 20312 – BADM 101 – 03
Prof. Robert Bies | TR 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Heroes and villains. These are not just characters to be found in comic books, movies, and video games. Heroes are real people who, through their actions, inspire us, and become positive role models for us. Villains are real people who, through their actions, are viewed harshly, and become negative role models for us. This seminar will examine the constructs, heroes and villains, as central to understanding character and leadership in a global context. The roots of the individual, social, and institutional ideals and values of different global cultures have been exemplified in the images of their heroes and villains—and those images shape our judgments of “good” and “bad” leaders.
Labor and Trade in Foreign Assistance – 30173 – GBUS 464 – 01
Prof. Jeff Wheeler | R 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The fight over labor rights in trade has exposed deeper tensions between and within public and private sector objectives, exemplified by the hotly contested fight over the recently signed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). In the public sector, foreign assistance and diplomacy has focused on the twin goals of promoting effective governance with human rights and a robust civil society and sustainable economic growth. Private sector responses vary greatly, ranging from the fragmentation of production and fissuring of employment to hide violations to developing investment and supply chain codes of conduct that may or may not be effective. The trade-related labor requirements raise opportunities and challenges for both public policy and corporate strategy. This course will help provide students with the knowledge and skills to navigate through them.
Agitators, Pastors, Organizers – 28624 – CATH 113 – 01
Prof. Drew Christiansen, SJ | TR 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Catholic Social Teaching is often called “The Church’s Best Kept Secret.” A set of documents laying out official Catholic teaching on economic, political and social issues, they cover issues as diverse as environmental justices, human rights, war and peace, and global human development. CST however, is only the most visible part of a complex interaction of social movements, pastoral teaching and social-pastoral action by formal church organizations and religious movements. This course will examine the interaction of the Catholic hierarchy (the Pastors) with social movements (the Agitators) and pastoral outreach (the Organizers) in the formulation and implementation of Catholic social teaching in the U.S. and in the world Church.
Education/Politics/Policymakng – 30238 – GOVT 237 – 01
Prof. Douglas Reed | TR 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
This course is designed to acquaint students with the central issues in educational politics in the United States and the dynamics and effects of educational policies. We will be exploring the organization of elementary and secondary education, the nature of the interest groups and constituencies in education, the major current approaches to education reform and the effects of those reforms on students, teachers and other stakeholders. This course is designed to be a Community-Based Learning Course. In order to see both the nature of the challenges in public education and to witness the effects of current reforms first hand, you are required to participate in the DC Reads tutoring program offered by the Center for Social Justice here at Georgetown.
Justice and Peace Studies
African Perspectives: Peace, Conflict, Justice – 28743 – JUPS 408 – 01
Prof. Mariam Kurtz | M 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Prof. Maurice Jackson | TRF 9:00 am – 9:50 am
Atlantic World sections draw together the histories of four continents, Europe, Africa, North America, and South America, to investigate the new Atlantic world created as a consequence of the Columbian encounter in 1492. The class traces the creation of this world from the first European forays in the Atlantic and on the coast of Africa in the fifteenth century to the first wars for colonial independence and the abolition of slavery. Topics include the destruction and reconfiguration of indigenous societies; the crucial labor migrations of Europeans, Native Americans, and Africans; and the various strategies of accommodation, resistance, and rebellion demonstrated by the many different inhabitants of the Americas.
Recent U.S. Political Economy – 30267 – HIST 387 – 01
Prof. Joseph McCartin | W 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
This course will examine the development of the U.S. economy, economic policy, and economic politics since World War II. Among the topics it will engage are: the roots of postwar prosperity; the economic crisis of the 1970s; the Reagan Revolution; the impact of globalization; the emergence of neoliberalism; and the growing problem of economic inequality. The course will examine the intersection of politics and the economy in order to provide a historical context that can clarify contemporary problems and debates.
Genealogy & U.S. History – 30268 – HIST 393 – 01
Prof. Katherine Benton-Cohen | T 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
This course offers students a unique opportunity to research a family history (likely one’s own but could be another one of their choosing) in the larger context of US history, using the latest genealogical resources on the internet and in the National Archives, while also maintaining the critical lens of historians. We will have a few weeks of shared reading on immigration and family history, as well as on the practice and theory of genealogy; following this shared introduction, students will craft individual bibliographies to augment their own genealogical research. The final product will be a research paper that puts one family’s history in historical perspective. Were these people (perhaps your ancestors) typical of their era? What do their lives, or what you can glean about them, reveal about their neighborhood, region, and era? How did gender, race, and class shape their experience? This course will require a general knowledge of US history, a schedule that can be adapted to archival research, and a willingness to cast a critical eye on personal and family stories.
First Year Seminar: Socialism – 28502 – HIST 186 – 01
Prof. Michael Kazin | TR 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm
This seminar course is designed for first-year students with advanced placement in history who have an interest in pursuing the study of history at the upper level. This is a course about the history of one of the most significant and most contentious philosophies, movements, and governing ideologies in the history of the modern world. From its visionary beginnings in the early 19th century to the collapse of the USSR near the end of the 20th century, socialism has given rise both to grand dreams of equality and freedom and to great fears – and the reality — of totalitarian tyranny. Fierce debates and battles between socialists and their adversaries did much to shape the major political changes of the past 200 years, including both world wars.
Race and History – 30562 – HIST 583 – 01
Prof. Marcia Chatelain | M 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Prof. Lourdes Ortega | MW 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm
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Economic Justice – 30742 – PHIL 131 – 01
Prof. McKay S Holland | TR 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm
Prof. Raymond Kemp | TR 9:30 am – 10:45 am
This course explores the rich and varied tradition of Christian responses, over the centuries, to the perennial challenge of poverty as both an evangelical virtue and a sinful social structure. Resources include sacred Scripture, patristic teaching, official pronouncements and spiritual works, as well as the activity of religious orders and Church-related groups seeking to eradicate the causes of poverty, as well as to alleviate its symptoms. Attention will also be paid to liberation theology and current Church involvement in the struggle for social justice and integral development at local, national, and international levels.
Latino Church Doing Justice – 13428 – THEO 096 – 01
Prof. Charles G. Gonzalez, SJ | WF 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
Prof. Sherry Linkon | TR 11:00 am – 12:15 pm