Social Justice is offered session 2.
Using episodes from popular police and legal television drama shows as a launch-pad, this 1-week course introduces students to a sociological understanding of social justice and contemporary configurations of inequality. The course will focus on cases related to gender, sexuality, race, and class. By investigating the facts of the cases and the circumstances leading up to the crime, we will explore the underlying ways that the social organization of our society constrains the choices people make and the possibilities for social justice. Through short readings, engaged discussion, group exercises, and analysis of different types of data, we will also examine the extent to which the law itself can be used as a vehicle for social change.