JUSTICE STUDIES SPRING 2011 REGISTRATION NOTES
ALL OVERRIDE REQUESTS MUST BE MADE TO THE DEPARTMENT OFFICE IN PERSON OR VIA EMAIL WITHIN 48 HOURS OF THE CLOSE OF YOUR REGISTRATION TIME SLOT.
JUST 200 is the first course in the major but it is not a prerequisite for all courses. Check with the instructor teaching the course if you wish to enroll in it without having completed JUST 200. The key progression requirements in the justice studies major are:
Students must have completed JUST 200 (or be enrolled in) in order to sign up for JUST 300. They cannot be taken in the same semester.
Students must have completed JUST 200 (or be enrolled in) and completed MATH 220 in order to sign up for JUST 201. They cannot be taken in the same semester.
Under normal circumstances students must have completed (or be enrolled in) JUST 300 and completed JUST 201 in order to sign up for in JUST 400. They cannot be taken in the same semester.
JUST 100: Advisory
In spite of its low course number this course is geared for juniors and seniors. We focus on resume writing, interviewing skills, looking for internships and looking for jobs.
GJUST 225: Justice in American Society
This is a general education course and does not carry credit in the major.
JUST 301: Special Topics in Justice Studies
Each section of JUST 301 deals with a different topic. See below for information regarding what track the different sections count toward. Students may take multiple sections of JUST 301 and have them count toward meeting their requirements in the major.
- JUST 301, section 1. Plass. Nelson Institute Seminar. Students will assist in one of three projects designed to assist the Child Advocacy Center in Harrisonburg. The projects are all related to research projects and will help to develop your “real world” research skills. We’ll also be giving consideration in reading and class discussion to the problem of child sexual abuse generally.
This course counts for tracks A and C but track B students are welcome to take it. The course is enrollment by permission. Please see Dr. Plass if you are interested.
- JUST 301, section 2: Garriott: Police in a Changing World. This course surveys the history, ideas and practices of modern policing from a global perspective. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding how the ideas and practices of policing are manifest differently in different times and places and change in relation to shifting social values, problems, demands and movements. Topics to be covered include: the history of policing; the foundations of police power; policing and law; police culture; police and human rights; and transnational forms of policing.
This course counts for tracks A, B and C
- JUST 301, section 3: Robinson. Environmental Justice. This course provides students with an interdisciplinary introduction to environmental justice. Emphasizing how contemporary environmental issues are profoundly rooted in social, political, and economic conditions, students will apply principles and conceptions of justice to ecological challenges and sustainability efforts in local, national, and global contexts.
This course counts for Tracks B and C.
- JUST 301, section 4: Buffington-Vollum & Vollum: Injustice and Justice in the Wire. In this course students will engage a variety of perspectives on justice issues as presented in each season of the HBO television series The Wire. Broad focal points will include, among other topics, the war on drugs, urban poverty and inequality, media, and the education system.
This course counts for tracks A and C
- JUST 301, section 5: Bowen. Soldiers, Combat and Stress. The course will examine the consequences of participation in military conflict. Psychological, medical and social syndromes that impact the soldier will be explored through both assigned readings and structured interviews with veterans conducted by the instructor. The course seeks to understand both what is universal to the human experience of combat, as well as how political climates affect adjustment while in service, upon returning to society, and longer-term.
This counts for tracks B and C
- JUST 301, section 6: Knickrehm. Justice and Development. In this course, we will explore the idea of just development and identify the processes thought to be necessary for its realization. First we will look at different notions of justice; we will examine some theories of development; and then arrive at our own definitions of what constitutes a just path to political, social, and economic development. Throughout the course we will tie different issues of development to democratization and good governance and look at different paths to achieving those goals.
This is an on-line course
This course counts for tracks B and C
JUST 400. Each section examines a different topic in justice studies. The basic structure of the seminar paper is the same in every section. Seminars are not organized around specific tracks. Students may enroll in any section.
- JUST 400, section 1. Vollum. Violence, Justice & Transformation. This senior seminar focuses broadly on issues of violence (at multiple levels), its aftermath, and how individuals and societies transcend it in terms of justice and transformation.
- JUST 400, section 2. Castle. Hate Crime & Groups - This section will examine hate crime and groups. The primary focus in the class will be on the U.S. experience but paper topics are not limited to the U.S.
- JUST 400, section 3. Spivey. Atrocitology. The Study of the most atrocious of human behaviors.
- JUST 400, section 4. Garriott. Law and the Possibility of Justice. Law is often considered the ultimate arbiter of justice—but is this actually the case? This course examines the relationship between law and justice from a variety of perspectives and asks: What factors enable justice to be done through law? What factors prevent it? What alternatives exist for pursuing justice outside of formal legal systems? And, how might law be changed so as to better serve the interests of justice?
- JUST 400, section 5. Glover. Global Migration and the Question of Justice. This course examines the concept of justice in an era of intensified global mobility and greater economic, political, cultural and technological interaction. Students will examine: different perspectives on how we might create a just system of global migration, our ethical and political responsibilities to refugees and migrants, as well as ongoing debates regarding the permanency and importance of sovereign political borders.
- JUST 400, section 6: Beitzel. Responsibility. This seminar explores answers to the question "Who is responsible to do what?" by examining principles of justice, possible causes of injustice, and the range of justice solutions. The primary focus is on domestic, regional and international responsibilities associated with large-scale needs, oppression and violent conflicts.
HONORS: JUST 499A,B,C
All students who are doing an honors thesis in the department regardless of what stage in the process they are in or who their advisor is must enroll in JUST 499 A,B or C. The course will meet periodically.
CROSS TRACK COURSES
In addition to several sections of JUST 301 We are offering a number of courses this semester that will fulfill requirements in more than one track:
Just 315 Mental Illness & Criminal Justice, A, C
JUST 223, Social Justice Theories, B & C
JUST 323, Comparative Criminal Justice, A, B & C
JUST 375, Genocide in the Twentieth Century, B & C
SINGLE TRACK JUST 301 COURSES
JUST 301, section 1, War and Justice, Track B
JUST 301, section 2, Democratization, Track B
Internship inquiries for the fall should be directed to Dr. Hastedt. Requirements are listed on our web site. Please note that 240 hours of work are required. This can be quite difficult to accomplish in an academic semester. Most students do internships over the summer. An internship is not required for the Justice Studies major