SJUS 3000 - Introduction to Social Justice


This course will introduce the student to the concept of social justice and social change. Examines various social justice theories such as restorative and distributive justice, postmodernism, feminism, and others. Theorists include Rawls, Mills, Kant, and others. A review of institutional systems and how social change occurs within the institutional framework.

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Define social justice.
  2. Summarize various social justice theories.
  3. Distinguish institutional systems that have been influenced by social justice and change.
  4. Interpret a current event using a social justice framework.
  • Module 1 – Introduction to Social Justice
  • Module 2 – Social Movements, Social Change, & Types of Justice
  • Module 3 – Social Justice Theoretical Perspectives: Social, Political, & Philosophical
  • Module 4 – Economically Based Social Justice Theoretical Perspectives
  • Module 5 – Institutions
  • Module 6 – Change through Institutions
  • Module 7 – Social Justice, Mass Incarceration, & Restorative Justice
  • Module 8 – Current Issues in Social Justice

Credit Hours

Organizational Leadership & Criminal Justice


  • SOCI 1101 or POLS 1101 or CRJU 1100

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