Global Search for Justice (GSJ) +
In Global Search for Justice (GSJ) senior students come together to expand their understanding of complex ethical questions, deepen their concern for social justice and apply what they have learned through their liberal arts education to issues of justice throughout the world.
Students choose from a variety of specialty areas, many of which include study-abroad opportunities.
Changing Face of Homelessness
This community immersion course provides students with an opportunity to increase their understanding of justice issues surrounding homelessness and the intersection of homelessness with racism, sexism, and ageism. Students explore the reasons why homelessness exists from many perspectives- social, economic, political, cultural, religious, and ecological. Through partnerships with organizations in the Twin Cities, they identify personal and systems-level actions that can lead to the eradication of homelessness. Through reflection on experience, social analysis, and action planning, the students articulate a vision for a more just society through creation of sustainable options for ending homelessness and promoting long term solutions.
Dismantling Racism is based on these assumptions: racism is at the core of our society; white privilege exists in the U.S.; and it is impossible to separate class and gender from racism. Students work toward dismantling racism by understanding its historical roots, developing a personal commitment to social justice and finding strength in community organizing.This course typically draws on sociology, literature, art, economics, history and cultural studies.
Environmental Justice addresses issues facing populations around the world. Students explore environmental problems encountered in various cultures locally and globally, and examine how our dominant culture and lifestyles help or hurt those affected. They study the impact of environmental harm on all humans, various social groups and species, and the planet as a whole, with a focus on disproportionate impacts and the goal of meaningful involvement of all stakeholders in environmental decision making. Issues are explored from perspectives of economics, religion, philosophy and social values to determine actions that can lead to positive change.
The Immigrant Experience
The Immigrant Experience examines justice issues through the lens of immigrants to the United States. Students consider their own immigrant pasts and the issues that both Native Americans and earlier generations of immigrants faced. Theories of justice form a basis for discussion of the ethical and moral issues of immigration in the past and today. Personal histories, literature, oral histories, and historical and contemporary scholarship are used in the analysis of immigrant issues.
Voices of Dissent
Voices of Dissent explores social movements that have arisen between diverse and oppressed populations in the United States in response to injustice. Students look at how these movements embodied, defined and expanded concepts of social justice. They study the unique context of social movements in American culture and their global connections through art, music, literature, community organization, political protest and mass movements for social change.
Women's Health Issues
Women's Health Issues defines women's health broadly. It includes not just physical well-being, but also the well-being of the mind and the larger social community within which women live. The course is guided by the World Health Organization's definition of health: freedom from the fear of war; equal opportunity for all; satisfaction of basic needs for food, water, and sanitation; education; decent housing; secure work and a useful role in society; and political will and public support for health programs that promote these things.
Women and Work
Women and Work examines the value of women's work in the context of social justice. Students explore justice issues related to women and poverty in the process of economic development and social change. They discuss women's roles in this process, compare benefits from economic growth and engage in a critical analysis of public policy.