This course takes a systemic, collaborative, and people-centered approach to justice, combining evidence-based and community stakeholder-driven practices that foster inclusion and authentic community building. This course raises awareness around mass incarceration, unfair sentencing practices, police violence, and the disparate impact of current justice practices across different communities. With an emphasis on community action, healing, and accountability, this course empowers students to think differently about public safety and create system change.
4 Graduate credits
Effective May 4, 2021 to present
- Evaluate the dynamics, challenges, and advantages of community organizing, activism, and collaboration
- Examine calls to reform, defund, dismantle and abolish the police
- Apply restorative practices to community problem solving and criminal justice scenarios
- Evaluate the structure, function, and life-course of social movements
- Assess the influence of schools, businesses, faith-based communities, social service agencies, non-profits, volunteer-based organizations, grassroots groups, informal networks, and criminal justice agencies on agenda setting, legislation, problem solving, and social change.
- Demonstrate and improve critical thinking and communication skills.