Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.A

'Collage of different ethnicity The United States is a diverse country, both racially and ethnically, with over six races and numerous ethnicities officially recognized by the U.S. Census Bureau. From its very founding, America has always been a multiethnic and multicultural society. Today however, the racial and ethnic makeup of the American people is in flux. This summer, explore various experiences and perspectives on race and ethnicity in America, why they exist, and what they have meant (and might mean) for our future in this series of timely and stimulating courses.

Latina/os in the Unites States
LLS 124 – 101 (3W1 – In Person)
An interdisciplinary introduction to the field of Latin American and Latina/o Studies focusing on the establishment and development of the diverse Latina/o communities in the United States through the processes of migration, colonization, racialization, and integration.  Students will explore the intersections of race, class, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality through such topics as identity formation, language rights, economic and political participation, transnationalism, law and civil rights and social justice movements.


Law and Politics of Race Relations

LAW / POL 313 – 199 (3W1 – ONLINE)
Analysis of the politics of race and racism in the United States through the examination of major court decisions and of legislation affecting minority groups.  Treatment of racial minority groups in the criminal and civil justice systems, and by courts, police and prisons will be included.
Prerequisite: ENG 201 and POL 101, or equivalent

Race, Class, and Gender in a Correctional Context
COR 320 – 101 (3W1 – In Person), 99 (5W1 – ONLINE), or 599 (5W2 – ONLINE)
Students will examine of the role of race, class, and gender within the institutional correctional community.  Class participants will also conduct an analysis of the impact upon clients, staff, and administration through examination of current correctional institutions and case studies by selected corrections experts.
Prerequisite: ENG 101 and COR 101, CJBS 101, CRJ 101, PSC 101, or equivalent 

African-American Literature
AFR / LIT 223 – 99 (5W1 – ONLINE)
A study of the writing of African Americans from colonial times to the present, with special attention to influential African-American writers such as W. E. B. Du Bois, Toomer, Hughes, Wright, Brooks, Ellison, Baldwin, Baraka and Malcolm X.  The readings in novels, plays, autobiographies, short stories, poems, folktales and essays will explore a wide range of African-American aesthetic responses to life in the United States.
Prerequisite: ENG 201, or equivalent

African American Journeys
AFR 239 – 99 (5W1 – ONLINE)
Explore the history, impact, and legacies of African-American political and economic struggles, the racial implications of US laws and policies, and the changing social status of Blacks, in order to understand their journey from chattel slavery to the U.S. presidency.  Students will analyze the ways that tensions between state's rights and federalism, white supremacy and racial equality, and individual rights and economic need emerge and re-emerge throughout US history.  The course not only examines African American enslavement, the Abolitionist movement, the Civil War, Reconstruction, racial segregation, migrations from the South, and the long Civil Rights movement, but also the impact and legacies these experiences and accomplishments have on current struggles and achievements of men, women and youth of African descent.
Prerequisite: ENG 101

II-legal Subjects: U.S. Latina/o Literature and the Law
LLS 363 – 99 (5W1 – ONLINE)
Examine 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

Latino/a Struggles for Civil Rights and Social Justice
LLS 322 – 01 (5W1 – In Person)
An interdisciplinary overview of the experiences of Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans and other Latino/as during the Civil Rights period.  The course focuses on the Latino/a social movements during the 1960s and their consequences today for the struggles for civil rights and social justice of Latino/as and other racial minorities in the US.  Topics include access to education and employment; immigrant rights; detention and deportation; race and crime; Latino/a and African American alliance building; Latino/a citizenship and military and gender values and sexuality.
Prerequisite: ENG 201, or equivalent

Latina/o Experience of Criminal Justice
LLS 325 – 01 (5W1 – In Person)
Analyze the criminal justice system and its impact on the lives and communities of Latino/as and other groups in the United States.  Particular emphasis is placed on Latino/as human and civil rights and the role that race, ethnicity, gender and class play in the criminal justice system. Interdisciplinary readings and class discussions center on issues such as the over-representation of Latino/as and racial minorities in the criminal justice system; law and police-community relations, racial profiling, stop and frisk policies, immigration status, detentions and deportations, Latino/a youth, media representations, gangs, and access to education and employment and the school-to-prison-pipeline.
Prerequisite: ENG 201, or equivalent

Race and Ethnicity in America
AFR 125 – 99 (5W1 – ONLINE) or 599 (5W2 – ONLINE)
Examine racial and ethnic issues in American society from the perspective of justice.  Among the key concepts that will be discussed are race and ethnicity as social constructions and the causes and effects of constructing individual racial/ethnic identities.  Using demographic information, the course investigates how well various ethnic and racial groups are doing in areas such as income, human rights, education, and employment.

Ethical Strains in U.S. Latina/o Literature
LLS 364 – 599 (5W2 – ONLINE)
Use Latina/o literature to examine the beliefs that instruct individuals' moral judgments and actions.  Through a range of literary texts students will discuss the social and political issues that confront Latina/o communities:  the psychological consequences of colonialism; the moral dilemmas surrounding immigration; the epistemological violence of racism and sexism; and the cultural norms that inform or constrain personal conduct.  Specific topics will vary based on the instructor's specialization and will cover a range of theoretical approaches to the study of moral inquiry in Latina/o literature.
Prerequisite: ENG 201, or equivalent

Multicultural Psychology
PSY 352 – 599 (5W2 – ONLINE)
Investigate the influence of sociocultural factors, such as race, ethnicity, gender and class, on human thought and behavior.  Students will explore different theoretical ways in which psychology addresses the tensions between cultural differences and universals, with a focus on how cultures construct human thought, behavior and identity.  Building on this theoretical foundation, the course examines varying perspectives on psychological constructs, such as gender, sexuality, parenting and identity, as crucial components of self-hood.  Students will be challenged to think critically about universal assumptions in psychology and to become aware of cultural influences on individuals.  The application of multicultural principles to psychological practice and research will be integrated throughout the course.
Prerequisite: ENG 201, PSY 101, and STA 250, or equivalent


City of Tomorrow: Past, Present, Future

Skyline of a futuristic city With national leaders now shifting more and more responsibility for the well-being of our municipalities back to local control, our mayors, council members, school boards, and city government policymakers will need to play an even larger role in improving the urban experience for all.  With this series of courses, explore some of the issues that can create a lasting impression on our cities and learn how past history can inform how to best manage and create the “City of Tomorrow”.

Corporate and White Collar Crime
SOC 360 – 199 (3W1 – ONLINE)
In examining crimes committed by corporations and organizations, as well as individuals in the course of their occupation, this course explores: how such crimes are socially defined, who commits them, who is victimized by them, which social contexts promote them, and how society responds to them. The economic, social, and political costs of corporate and white-collar crime are compared to street crime. Other topics include: embezzlement, fraud, and theft which occurs within enterprises, "underground" economic activity; criminal violation of antitrust and environmental laws, security, fiduciary, and market crimes; and corrupt relationships between business and government.
Prerequisite: ENG 201, SOC 203, and an ECO course, or equivalent

Social Problems 
SOC 302 199 (3W1 ONLINE)
Survey how undesirable social conditions like poverty, inequality, racism, sexism, corruption, pollution, and overpopulation come to be defined or ignored as social problems.  Students will review the wide variety of possible solutions to these social problems proposed by different interest groups and social movements.
Prerequisite: ENG 201 and SOC 101, or equivalent

The Sociology of Violence 
SOC 308 199 (3W1 ONLINE)
Examine the changes in the methods, patterns, and meanings of violence. Special attention is paid to individual and collective violence in the streets, in schools, at home, within the media, by the police, by terrorists, and by the military.  The major theories explaining the causes of violence, and important research about attitudes toward violence and the use of force to bring about change are reviewed.
Prerequisite: ENG 201 and SOC 101, or equivalent

Organized Crime in America
PSC 405 – 199 (3W1 – ONLINE) or 299 (3W2 – ONLINE) 
A senior seminar on the origins, organization, function, and control of organized crime. 
Prerequisite: ENG 201 and PSC 101, CJBS 101, CRJ 101, ICJ 101, or equivalent  

A History of Crime in New York City
HIS 224 – 01 (5W1 – In Person)
Explore how criminal entrepreneurs seized the opportunities of their particular eras, from colonial days to the present.  Topics will 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, or equivalent

History of New York City
HIS 217 – 99 (5W1 – ONLINE)
As early as 1640, 18 different languages were spoken in New Amsterdam; today, Jamaica Hospital provides interpreters in 180 languages.  This course tracks the ways peoples from around the planet settled in New York and how they constructed a city of spectacular diversity.  New York's different nationalities, races, religions, and classes didn't always agree, but their clashing and fusing generated a cosmopolitanism that made the city a site of dramatic cultural production and political innovation.  Gotham's economic arrangements became equally complex over the centuries, adding functions to its original seaport base and ultimately producing today's diverse mix of finance, media, marketing, manufacturing, entertainment, and tourism, among many others.  New York City is arguably the most complex human construction ever created, and students in this course will learn how it got to be that way.
Prerequisite: ENG 101, or equivalent

New York City in Literature
LIT 203 – 99 (5W1 – ONLINE)
An examination of literary works set in New York City exploring the city's strengths -- its sophistication, its diversity, its intellectual resources and institutions, its freedom and its anonymity, as well as the social and psychological problems facing its inhabitants.
Prerequisite: ENG 201, or equivalent

Urban Anthropology
ANT 208 – 99 (5W1 – ONLINE)
The basic concepts and perspectives of anthropology are used to examine the many different subcultures and groups which make up the urban environment, both in the United States and in other complex societies. Examine how these groups both conflict with and cooperate with each other, as they compete for urban space and urban resources.  The course includes examination of deviant behavior as it exists within the context of the urban environment, and the ways in which the special characteristics of cities relate to the emergence and maintenance of a great diversity of lifestyles and subcultures.
Prerequisite: ENG 101, or equivalent

Selected Topics: The Harlem Community 
AFR 280 – 801 (8W1 – Hybrid: In Person/ONLINE)
The history of the origins and ethnic development of the Harlem community will include an examination of: the influx of European immigrants, migration of Southern Blacks and influx from Black Bomemia (in the old Tenderloin district of Manhattan), and its Re-gentrification in the 21st century; demographic trends and the impact on crime statistics, the public school system, transportation, real estate, the retail landscape, and the economy; the preservation of arts, culture & music that began with the Harlem Renaissance; and resources to preserve Harlem's African heritage. Field learning experiences will include visits to historic, landmark, and community sites.
Prerequisite: ENG 101, or equivalent

Urban Sociology: The Study of City Life
SOC 201 – 201 (3W2 – In Person)
Explore what the earliest cities were like, and how urban life has changed over the centuries; what forces guided the evolution of cities into centers of industry, commerce, finance, recreation, entertainment, higher education and media communications; why cities face problems of inadequate mass transit, congestion, housing decay, pollution, crime and fiscal bankruptcy; how city life shapes personalities and attitudes and influences lifestyles and life chances; what solutions have been proposed for urban problems; and how different everyday life will be in the city of the future.
Prerequisite: ENG 101 and SOC 101, or equivalent

Introduction to Emergency Management
ESA 101 – 599 (5W2 – ONLINE)
This course is designed to introduce students to the world of emergency management.  Topics focus on professional and ethical standards, principles of hazard mitigation and preparedness, and disaster response and recovery.  The course uses both academic and practitioners’ perspectives on emergency management.  In addition, the course aims to familiarize the student with organizations involved in emergency management at the local, national and international levels.

Emergency Planning
SEC 310 – 599 (5W2 – ONLINE)
This course provides a survey of the management issues posed by emergencies of all kinds, such as bomb threats, earthquakes, explosions, labor disputes, and oil spills.  Issues such as risk analysis, standards, counter-measures, and emergency public relations will be studied, along with case histories.
Prerequisite: ENG 201, or equivalent


Series in Law and Society

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Gender and Law
POL 319 – 199 (3W1 – ONLINE)
This course examines the constraints and limitations of law to achieve equality, justice and freedom in matters related to gender.  It will examine how individuals use, challenge, and resist the law legal institutions to define problems and create social change.  Drawing on a range of social science research, class readings pose important and persistent questions about whether and how law can adequately address gender related concerns, such as those related to violence, work, family, reproduction, and education.
Prerequisite: ENG 201 and POL 101, or equivalent 

Jurisprudence
LAW 301 101 (3W1 In Person) or 01 (5W1 In Person)
This course considers the study of the theory and philosophy of law and the relationship between law and society.  Issues to which special attention will be paid include the problem of disobedience, the nature of the judicial process, and the relations between law and personal morality.  Current controversies about civil disobedience, the role of courts, "non-victim" crimes, and the relationship of the police to the rule of law will be explored.
Prerequisite: ENG 201 and LAW 203, POL 230, POL 301, or equivalent 

Systems of Law
ANT 315 199 (3W1 ONLINE) or 99 (5W1 ONLINE)
Examine a cross-cultural comparison of legal systems as well as consideration of concepts of justice, rules of procedure, methods of punishment, and rehabilitation.
Prerequisite: ENG 201 and an ANT or LAW class, or equivalent

The Law and Institutional Treatment
COR 201 – 101 (3W1 – In Person) or 99 (5W1 – ONLINE)
Examine 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 and COR 101, CRJ 101, ICJ 101, CJBS 101, or equivalent 

American Cultural Pluralism and the Law
ANT 330 – 01 (5W1 – In Person) or 599 (5W2 – ONLINE)
Culturally different groups use law in the United States to assert their rights and to maintain their cultural autonomy.  They may also avoid courts and solve disputes within their communities.  This course examines, through legal and ethnographic cases, the ways in which culturally different groups interact with law in the United States.  The groups studied may include Native Americans and Native Hawaiians, African Americans, Asian Americans, Mormons, Amish, Rastafarians, Hasidic Jews, Latinos, Gypsies, gays, women, and the homeless.
Prerequisite: ENG 201, or equivalent

Sociology of Law
SOC 305 – 101 (3W1 – In Person), 199 (3W1 – ONLINE), or 501 (5W2 – In Person)
This course provides an understanding of the place of legal systems within social systems from the perspective of social theory.  Systems of jurisprudence, both civil and criminal, will be explored for their social meaning and use as instruments of social control.   Manifest and latent functions in the administration of justice, the interactions of lawyers, police, prosecutors, and judges as well as their relations with the public will also be studied.
Prerequisite: ENG 201 and SOC 101, or equivalent 

Probation and Parole: Theoretical and Practical Approaches
SOC 216 – 301 (3W3 – In Person)
Explore the history, evolution, and functions of probation departments and parole agencies as components of the criminal justice system and examine 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.  This 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


Art & Culture

Latin American Art
ART 106 – 101 (3W1 – In Person)
This survey explores Latin American art from a historical point of view, from the Aztec civilization to contemporary art.  It analyzes the reception of Latin American art in the United States and its representation in cultural institutions as well as the growing presence of Latinos in the U.S.  Topics include: The Aztec empire, Casta painting, 19th century academic art, twentieth-century modernism, the search for identity, Frida Kahlo and Surrealism, geometric abstraction, the Mexican Muralists, the diaspora and exile, political art under military dictatorships; and art and violence in Latin American art today.

Issues in Art and Crime
ART 230 – 101 (3W1 – In Person)
This course will cover the major current and historic 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

Arts and Culture in the African Diaspora
AFR 132 – 801 (8W1 – 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.

Introduction to Literary Study
LIT 260 – 99 (5W1 – ONLINE)
Introduction to Literary Study teaches the skills needed to study literature with understanding and pleasure.  Students will learn strategies for reading, interpreting, criticizing, and writing about complex literary works.  Through studying short stories, poetry, plays, and a novel, students ascertain the defining characteristics of literary genres, develop a working vocabulary of literary terms, and advance their ability to write critical essays on literary texts.
Prerequisite: ENG 201, or equivalent

The Big Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy
PHI 231 – 99 (5W1 – ONLINE)
This course introduces some of the big philosophical questions surrounding individual and society:  What can I know for certain? Who am I? Is morality relative to culture? Does God Exist? What is justice? Why be good?  By way of answering these questions, students examine arguments about knowledge and belief, the nature of reality, freedom, ethics, aesthetics, personal identity, and social justice.
Prerequisite: ENG 101, or equivalent

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 rights 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 encouraged to read all materials in the original.
Prerequisite: ENG 201, or equivalent

Modern Art
ART 105 – 201 (3W2 – In Person)
This course considers the development of art in the modern Western world beginning with European art in the late 18th century and ending with American art after World War II.  The work of such major artists as David, Degas and Monet; Van Gogh and Gauguin; Picasso and Brancusi; Jackson Pollack and Andy Warhol are studied as the history of individual achievement and in the contexts of modern life.

Criminal Justice in the Theatre
DRA 225 – 101 (3W1 – In Person)
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 also participate in class discussions on the historical and contemporary issues focusing on the performing arts and criminal justice.
Prerequisite: ENG 101, or equivalent

Eco Art and Design
ART 191 – 599 (5W2 – ONLINE)
This interdisciplinary studio art course explores diverse and exciting ways artists use to engage with our environmental challenges. Students will create a rich variety of art projects such as collages, jewelry, fashion design, and proposals for performances, installations and large scale art projects that remediate the environment. The inspiration for student projects will evolve from fieldtrips, thought provoking videos and slides, discussions, exercises and experiments with found objects, and explorations of environmental problem sites.

Murder on Screen and Stage
LIT 241– 599 (5W2 – ONLINE)
Explore how murder has been used on screen, stage, and page to entertain, to titillate, and to critique.  The course will consider how murder works in narrative and performance, and what representations of murder may mean for us, especially as they move from page to stage to screen.  Students will also consider questions such as: Who is a murderer? Who gets murdered? What are the consequences of murder? What does the audience or reader get out of murder stories?
Prerequisite: ENG 101, or equivalent

The Language of Music
MUS 102 – 01 (5W1 – In Person)
This course introduces students to the nonverbal language used by musicians around the world to read, write, and listen.  Students will learn to express themselves musically using music notation and applying the basic principles of music theory.  The course includes exercises in reading and composing vocal and instrumental music and practice in ear training. Previous musical training is not required.


Science in FIVE-weeks...
DNA structures

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

BIO 103:  Modern Biology I (5W1)
BIO 104:  Modern Biology II (5W2)

CHE 201:  Organic Chemistry I (5W1)
CHE 202:  Organic Chemistry II (5W2)
CHE 220:  Quantitative Analysis (5W1 / 5W2) 

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

SCI 110: Origins: From the Big Bang to Life on Earth (5W2)
SCI 112: Environmental Science: A Focus on Sustainability (5W1)
SCI 114: Scientific Principles of Forensic Science (5W1 /5W2)
SCI 166: Chemistry of Cooking (5W1 / 5W2)

 

For the complete Schedule of Classes or more information on these courses and all of our 2018 Summer Session offerings, please visit: www.jjay.cuny.edu/summer.