SJUS 4000 - Social Justice Culture


This course examines the relationship between music, art, movies & television, and social justice in the United States. These mediums bring people together, challenge the status quo, and shine a light on what is happening in various communities. This course will explore a range of music, art, movies, and television that reflect and influence social justice issues.

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

  1. Explain the role of music, art, movies, and television as a motivating force in social justice issues.
  2. Analyze social justice themes in song lyrics, art, movies, and television.
  3. Evaluate the role and effectiveness of music, art, movies, and television as a tool of political protest.
  4. Identify connections between artistic expression and the broader social and political context in which that expression occurs.
  5. Interpret information presented visually, quantitatively, and orally in diverse media and formats.
  • Module 1 – Introduction to Social Justice and the Arts
  • Module 2 – Race, Part 1
  • Module 3 – Race, Part 2
  • Module 4 – Class, Part 1
  • Module 5 – Class, Part 2
  • Module 6 – Gender Part 1
  • Module 7 – Gender, Part 2
  • Module 8 – Conclusion

Credit Hours

Organizational Leadership & Criminal Justice


  • SJUS 3000

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