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Field Studies in Social Justice: 391-0

Course Type: Variable Credit (1-4 units)

For Weinberg students who started at Northwestern before Summer 2023, this course will count one credit toward Weinberg Distribution Requirement for Area III: Social and Behavioral Sciences.

For Weinberg students who started at Northwestern in or after Summer 2023 (including transfer students), this course currently does not count toward any Foundational Disciplines or WCAS requirements. For students in other NU schools, please talk with your academic advisor to see if this or other CFS classes count towards any requirements for you. 

Course Description

Social justice is generally defined as the pursuit of just and fair access to resources, privileges, and social status. In doing so we are demanded upon to explore what fair means? Is fair always equal? Conversely, social justice is the process of enacting change to address persistent social inequalities. In this course, we will examine a number of contemporary issues through a social justice lens, and investigate examples of how groups, communities, and individuals are trying to bring about a more equitable and just existence. Throughout the course, students will be invited to reflect on the social inequalities and modes of action that students encounter in their internships. Together, the course readings, discussions, and assignments are designed to help students develop the capacity to critically consider social inequalities and different modes of action to address them. 

 Instructor:  Monique Newton

Types of Internships that relate to the Field Studies in Social Justice course: