Social Justice through Art & Culture

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Not only do students come to John Jay College with a deep appreciation and interest in social justice, but the College itself is extremely committed to the topic and provides students with many opportunities to further their learning and experiences regarding social justice issues and advocacy.  This summer, explore how social justice issues manifest themselves through creative expression in art, culture, film, and literature in this series of timely and stimulating courses.  
Themes of Justice in Latin American Literature and Film
SPA 335 – 99 (5W1 – ONLINE)
How do post-authoritarian and post-dictatorial regimes deal with legacies of violence and human right abuses?  How do they address the demands for justice that arise after systematic mass atrocities?  Should we remember or forget past atrocities?  This course seeks to answer these questions as they apply to Latin American societies by exploring these themes in literature, film, various other texts, and elements of popular culture such as the construction of memorials and public spaces.  Although the course is taught in English, students with a reading knowledge of Spanish are encourages to real all materials in the original.  
Prerequisite: ENG 201, or equivalent

Crime, Punishment, and Justice in World Literatures
LIT 327 – 99 (5W1 – ONLINE)
This course examines literary texts about crime, punishment, and justice from around the world in order to explore how questions of right, wrong, and fairness have been and are understood in various cultures and historical periods.  Students will read literary texts that question the psychological and social causes of crime, philosophies of law, the varieties and purposes of punishment, and what justice might mean in any given context.  Critical and writing skills will be enhanced through close analysis of texts and the application of basic literacy concepts and methods of interpretation. 
Prerequisite: ENG 201, or equivalent

Criminal Justice in the Theatre

DRA 225 – 01 (5W2 – In Person)
This course will investigate the portrayal of violence, conflict, crime, criminals, and justice on stage and screen and how such representations shape society’s perception of criminal justice issues; the course will also explore how theatrical techniques can be used in conflict intervention, criminal justice rehabilitation, and law enforcement training.  Students will read plays, observe theatre productions and film, and may engage in playwriting and role-play as part of their course work,  Students will participate in class discussions on the historical and contemporary issues focusing on the performing arts and criminal justice.
Prerequisite: ENG 101

Crime, Punishment, and Justice in U.S. Literature
LIT 326 – 599 (5W2 – ONLINE)
This course examines literary texts about crime, punishment, and justice from the United States in order to explore how questions of right, wrong, and fairness have been and are understood.  Students will read literary texts that question the psychological and social causes of crime, philosophies of law, the varieties and purposes of punishment, and what justice might mean in any given context.  Critical and writing skills will be enhanced through close analysis of texts and the application of basic literacy concepts and methods of interpretation. 
Prerequisite: ENG 201, or equivalent

Arts and Culture in the African Diaspora
AFR 132 – 501 (5W2 – In Person)
This course examines the arts and cultural production in social justice movements across the African Diaspora. Course sections examine different genres of cultural production, focusing on the ways in which the arts both impact and are influenced by social and political happenings.  Possible topics include dance, oral tradition, spoken word poetry, hip hop, theater, and visual arts.  Special attention will be paid to the intersections of creative expression and performance and how these practices shape our concepts of the African Diaspora.

II-legal Subjects: U.S. Latina/o Literature and the Law
LLS 363 – 599 (5W2 – ONLINE)
This course examines how the law shapes contemporary Latina/o life in the United States.  Students will examine the relationships between legal texts and literature.  Latina/o literature not only responds to the law, but also to its inequitable enforcement.  Students will read court cases, law reviews, and literary analysis in order to study the way Latina/o literature exposes contradictions in the legal system.  Topics covered may include the legal construction of race, the criminalization of youth, law and U.S. colonialism, violence against women, and challenges to individual civil liberties.  
Prerequisite: ENG 201, or equivalent

Issues in Art and Crime
ART 230 – 301 (3W3 – In Person)
This course will cover the major current and historical issues dealing with art and crime.  After a discussion of the value of art in our world, the course will cover five main topics: theft, repatriation (including issues of national ownership and cultural property), vandalism and restoration, fakes and forgeries, and censorship and freedom of expression.  Through lectures, slide presentations, documentaries, classroom discussion and student presentations, the course will study these main issues by using a wide variety of specific case studies in order to frame the current issues facing the preservation and continued enjoyment of art in our world today.  The critical issue of who controls art and how it is displayed and protected will also be addressed. The class is intended to make students critically assess the issues facing artists, collectors, museums, and nations in reducing crime and conserving the artistic heritage of everyone, today and in the future.
Prerequisite: ENG 101, or equivalent

New Face of Corrections


correction facilityWhich correctional system(s) treat people with dignity? How do some in the media convict a person BEFORE the suspect is even given a trial? What kind of treatment is provided to those who are incarcerated? How is racial, class, and gender bias generated in the correctional system? How does the practice of ôrisk assessment" help predict the behavior of convicted persons while on probation or when released from prison on parole? Be on the forefront of criminal justice reform and learn the answers to these provocative questions as well as other policies that will change the face of corrections in the United States and beyond. Join John Jay College this summer in addressing various correctional issues in a series of courses designed to cover important topics surrounding criminal justice reform and reentry issues.

Comparative Correction Systems
COR 303 – 199 (3W1 – ONLINE)
This course provides an overview of correctional systems and methods adopted by selected foreign countries and describes similarities and differences in philosophy. 
Prerequisite: ENG 201; CRJ 101, CJBS 101, COR 101, ICJ 101, or equivalent 

Corrections & Media 
COR 397 – 198 (3W1 – ONLINE) 
This course critically examines selected case examples that lead us to understand the role of crime and the media.
Prerequisite: ENG 201, or equivalent

The Law and Institutional Treatment
COR 201 – 99 (5W1 – ONLINE)
This course examines the process of law from arrest to release from confinement in its relation to correctional principles and practices.  Functions of the police, defense, prosecution, courts, probation, correction, and parole will be explored as will the civil rights of the accused and convicted.  The course will also review legal documents relating to commitment, bail, fines, and writs. 
Prerequisite: ENG 101; COR 101, CRJ 101, ICJ 101, CJBS 101, or equivalent 

Race, Class, and Gender in a Correctional Context
COR 320 – 599 (5W2 – ONLINE), or 101 (3W1 – In Person), or 99 (5W1 – ONLINE) 
This course examines the role of race, class, and gender within the institutional correctional community.  An analysis of the impact upon clients, staff, and administration through examination of current correctional institutions and case studies by selected corrections experts is also covered.
Prerequisite: ENG 201 and COR 101, or equivalent 

Probation and Parole: Theoretical and Practical Approaches
SOC 216 – 301 (3W3 – In Person)
This course explores the history, evolution, and functions of probation departments and parole agencies as components of the criminal justice system and examines the practice of 'risk assessment', which relies on social science as a basis for predicting the behavior of convicted persons while on probation (as an alternative to incarceration) as well as individuals released from imprisonment on parole.  The course also focuses on the problems of high rates of revocations due to violations of the conditions imposed on probationers and parolees, and the high rates of recidivism. By studying intermediate sanctions and parole, the course will grapple with questions about the social reaction to crime as well as the challenges associated with reentry into mainstream society after years of confinement in penal institutions.

Prerequisite: ENG 101 and SOC 101, or equivalent


Crime & Punishment Series


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A History of Crime in New York City

HIS 224 – 01 (5W1 – In Person)
This course will explore how criminal entrepreneurs seized the opportunities of their particular eras, from colonial days to the present. Topics include: pirates (Captain Kidd) and smugglers; slave revolts; river and railroad gangs; gambling and prostitution; prohibition-era bootlegging and the rise of organized crime (from the Mafia to Murder Incorporated); stock market fraud; crime on the waterfront; shoplifting; labor and business racketeering; drug dealing; arson for profit; computer fraud; the savings and loan scandal; environmental crime; and street gangs, with special attention to those (Gophers, Westies) in the John Jay neighborhood. 
Prerequisite: ENG 101

Criminal Justice in European Society, 1750 to the Present

HIS 325 – 01 (5W1 – In Person)
This course will explore the origins of the Western system of criminal justice in early modern Europe and a comparative analysis of recent developments.  Examination of the evolving definition of crime and changes in criminal law, methods of enforcement, and types of punishment in relation to the growth of urban and industrial society and the extension of state power will also be covered.  Other topics may also include witchcraft, the Inquisition, the classical and positivist schools of criminology, prostitution and homosexuality, birth and development of the prison, establishment of professional police forces, the Mafia, and European terrorism. 
Prerequisite: ENG 201, and any 200-level or above History course, or equivalent

The History of Crime and Punishment in the United States

HIS 320 – 01 (5W1 – In Person), or 98 (5W1 – ONLINE), or 598 / 599 (5W2 – ONLINE)
This course will explore ways in which Americans have defined crime, explained its causes, and punished and rehabilitated criminals as well at the relationships among crime, social values, and social structure.  Areas of emphasis include colonial Massachusetts and Virginia; the creation of police forces and prisons during the first half of the 19th century; criminality during the Gilded Age and Progressive Period; Prohibition; creation of the FBI; crime and the Great Depression; and some aspects of crime and punishment between 1950 and 1970. 
Prerequisite: ENG 201, or equivalent 

Premodern Punishment: Crime and Punishment Before 1700

HIS 374 – 501 (5W2 – In Person)
This course will examine ideas and practices of crime and punishment found in global justice from antiquity to 1700. The relationship of crime and punishment to politics, gender, religion, and culture will be considered. The course begins by examining different theoretical approaches to the history of punishment and then considers primary and secondary work on crime and punishment in the premodern world. The analysis of ancient law will include Mesopotamia and Ancient Israel, Egypt, and Rome. This will be followed by study of Christian and Islamic countries. The course will conclude with a final section that will examine comparisons of different laws and practices found in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. 
Prerequisite: ENG 201, or equivalent 

Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
POL/LAW 259 – 501 (5W2 – In Person)  
Study the variations in patterns of corruption and political crimes as well as patterns of law enforcement and adjudication among political systems. Examples are drawn from a variety of political systems: democratic, communist, and modernizing. 
Prerequisite: ENG 101 and POL 101, or equivalent

Organized Crime in America
PSC 405 – 399 (3W3 – ONLINE), or 199 (3W1 – ONLINE) 
A seminar on the origins, organization, function, and control of organized crime. 
Prerequisite: ENG 201, upper student standing, and majoring in Police Studies or Criminal Justice, or equivalent  



A New You: Fitness & Wellness


Stress Management
PED 180 – 101 (3W1 – In Person), or 98 / 99 (5W1 – ONLINE), or 501 (5W2 – In Person), or 599 (5W2 – ONLINE)

This course will explain the sources and consequences of stress.  Key theories and terminology will be discussed and evaluated.  A variety of instruments which measure stress levels among individuals will be demonstrated.  Coping techniques enabling students to adjust to the demands of stress will be described and practiced.

Topics in the History of Science, Technology, & Medicine: Epidemics & Evolution of Medicine

HIS 131 – 99 (5W1 – ONLINE) 
This course will introduce students to the scientific world.  Each section will focus on a different topic in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine to introduce students to the development of scientific methods, theories, and thinking.  Each section will use a variety of historical case studies covering several scientific, technological, and medical disciplines to illustrate the creation of scientific ideas, inventions, and cures.  Students will engage both primary documents and modern texts to gain the ability to speak coherently about the basis of scientific, technological, and medical claims and, moreover, their social issues in the modern world.

Personal Physical Fitness and Dynamic Health

PED 103 – 01 (5W1 – In Person), or 501 (5W2 – In Person) 
The student will analyze modern concepts of fitness, evaluate one’s personal level of health and fitness, examine the values of various exercise programs, perform exercises designed to improve muscular and cardiovascular systems, and understand concepts of weight management, diet and nutrition, and stress management. 

Personal & Public Health: Social Context; Private Choices

PED 110 – 99 (5W1 – ONLINE), or 501 (5W2 – In Person)
This course examines individual health in the context of social, political, and cultural behaviors and beliefs.  Focusing primarily on “preventable” diseases the course draws on a variety of public-health theories to analyze disparities in disease and longevity among diverse populations while also encouraging students to understand their own health-related choices in both personal and socio-cultural terms. 




Science in FIVE-weeks...


Take your required science courses at John Jay College in one of our 5-week sessions and fulfill your requirements over the summer: 

BIO 103: Modern Biology I (5W1)

PHY 101: College Physics I (5W1) 
PHY 203: General Physics I (5W1) 
PHY 204: General Physics II (5W2) 


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