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    Common Core Seminar Description:
    CORE or Discipline Specific 379 CORE: What is Justice?  

    3 credits
    This is the third of three interdisciplinary courses that, together with the fourth-year capstone course in the major, comprise ODU‘s core seminars. All sections of this seminar listed below will extend the discussion of human nature and the common good to address the question, 'What is Justice?' Students will examine the nature of justice in terms of our obligations to ourselves, to others, and to the divine. While each section will approach the question of the seminar from a unique perspective, all sections share common learning outcomes and a common text or texts. Students are encouraged to take this seminar during their third year. Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111.


    Section-Specific Descriptions:
    CRJ/POL/SOC 379C CORE: Causes of Collective Violence: Terrorism, Genocide, War  

    3 credits
    This is an introduction to theories of conflict and war from the inter-group to the international level. Included are causes of terrorism, ethnic conflict and genocide, revolution, and interstate war. This includes an analysis of causes of conflict at four levels: individual, small group, the nation/state, and the international system. This course is interdisciplinary, drawing on theories from biology, psychology, sociology, economics, and political science. Case studies of contemporary conflicts are utilized to explain and test various theoretical perspectives and to examine the consequences of war. Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111.


    CRJ/HST 379A/POL 379D CORE: Justice, Rights, Liberty  

    3 credits
    The search for justice in terms of the development of civil rights in the United States. Readings, discussions, and debate on the concept of justice; examination of history, substance, and value of civil rights—with special attention paid to the Bill of Rights; focus on the Civil Rights Movement (race and gender) as a case study. Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111. This course fulfills the Arts requirement (HST) or partially fulfills the Social and Behavioral Science requirement (POL/CRJ). Not open to students with credit in POL/CRJ 232. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement.


    ECN 379A CORE: Social and Economic Justice  

    3 credits
    This course is an empirical, critical, reflective study of social and economic justice pertaining to the problems of income inequality, inequitable distribution of income, denial of property rights, resource allocation, and the determination of 'just price/just wage.' It is a reflection on poverty, its dynamics and remedies, and the just demands of the poor. Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement.


    EDU 379A CORE: Principles of Education  

    3 credits
    Justice is part of our schools. Or, is it? This course in educational foundations will develop from diverse perspectives an understanding of the historical, sociological, and philosophical roots of education as they are impacted by justice and the question 'how shall we live?'. Current educational issues and developments will structure the course as we look at how education became an institution and why it must continue to grow and change. Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111. Not open to students with credit in EDU 348A. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement.


    ENG 379A CORE: Feast and Famine: Class and Culture in Literature and Film  

    3 credits
    This course examines the question of justice by examining the haves and have-nots in literature and film. Issues revolving around race, class, and gender will be raised through the analysis of a variety of literary genres and films. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement and the Arts requirement (Literature). Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111.


    ENG 379B CORE: Rebels in Literature and Music  

    3 credits
    This course examines rebellion in literature (in fiction and non-fiction) and music (for example rock and roll, its roots in blues and gospel, and influences on alternative and rap) as social, personal, and political defiance of authority in order to advance principles of justice regarding the individual as related to community and the divine. Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111.


    HST/CRJ 379A/POL 379D CORE: Justice, Rights, Liberty  

    3 credits
    The search for justice in terms of the development of civil rights in the United States. Readings, discussions, and debate on the concept of justice; examination of history, substance, and value of civil rights—with special attention paid to the Bill of Rights; focus on the Civil Rights Movement (race and gender) as a case study. Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111. This course fulfills the Arts requirement (HST) or partially fulfills the Social and Behavioral Science requirement (POL/CRJ). Not open to students with credit in POL/CRJ 232. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement.

     
    HST 379B CORE: Slavery and Freedom: The Paradox of American History  

    3 credits
    This course will examine the central paradox of American History—Slavery and Freedom—around the central event of the Civil War. Although the focus will be on history, literary works will be assigned as well (i.e., Shelby Foote, Ambrose Bierce, Toni Morrison, along with great primary documents such as the Declaration of Independence, Paine‘s Common Sense, Frederick Douglas, and the speeches of Abraham Lincoln (exemplary in terms of literary style as well as substance)). Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111. This course fulfills the Arts requirement (History). Not open to students with credit in HST 348C.


    PHL 379A CORE: Principles of Justice  

    3 credits
    An examination of some fundamental questions about how people should live and how societies should allocate their resources. To answer these questions, students will study the basic tenets of different theories of justice and economic systems. The course will focus on justice in the allocation of a society‘s resources, but it also will address how different forms of justice are related. Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111. Not open to students with credit in PHL 230. This course partially fulfills the Philosophy requirement.


    PHL 379B CORE: Lives of the Philosophers  

    3 credits
    This course will examine ancient, medieval, and renaissance biographies and autobiographies of famous philosophers. These texts will be considered as documents that exhibit one of the traditional definitions of philosophy 'as way of life.' The biographical and autobiographical writings will be supplemented with challenging primary texts from the philosophers that highlight issues of justice and morality. Students will be evaluated through regular quizzes, essay exams, and papers. Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111. This course partially fulfills the Philosophy requirement.

    PHL 379C CORE: Medieval Moral Dilemmas and Moral Luck
    3 credits
    This upper-level philosophy course will approach medieval conceptions of justice by examining philosophical texts that concern moral dilemmas and moral luck. Several medieval philosophers considered whether the existence of moral dilemmas or moral luck would be threats to justice. The course’s close reading of philosophical texts from a variety of medieval writers will be supplemented with contemporary literature on moral dilemmas and moral luck. Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111.


    PJU/POL 379B CORE: Peace and Justice: Catholic Social Teachings  

    3 credits

    The study of justice and peace through the application of the social teaching of the Catholic Church and the findings of social and political science. Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111. Not open to students with credit in POL/THL/SJU/PJU 278. This course partially fulfills the Social and Behavioral Science requirement.


    POL 379A CORE: War and Peace: International Law and Organization  

    3 credits
    A study of the quest for a just international order through the development of international law and organization and their importance to an understanding of issues of war and peace. Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111. Not open to students with credit in POL-361. This course partially fulfills the Social and Behavioral Science requirement and fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement.


    POL/PJU 379B CORE: Peace and Justice: Catholic Social Teaching  

    3 credits

    The study of justice and peace through the application of the social teaching of the Catholic Church and the findings of social and political science. Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111. Not open to students with credit in POL/THL/SJU/PJU 278. This course partially fulfills the Social and Behavioral Science requirement.

     
    POL/CRJ/SOC 379C CORE: Causes of Collective Violence: Terrorism, Genocide, War  

    3 credits
    This is an introduction to theories of conflict and war from the inter-group to the international level. Included are causes of terrorism, ethnic conflict and genocide, revolution, and interstate war. This includes an analysis of causes of conflict at four levels: individual, small group, the nation/state, and the international system. This course is interdisciplinary, drawing on theories from biology, psychology, sociology, economics, and political science. Case studies of contemporary conflicts are utilized to explain and test various theoretical perspectives and to examine the consequences of war. Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111. Not open to students with credit in POL/CRJ/SOC 347.


    POL 379D/CRJ/HST 379A CORE: Justice, Rights, Liberty  

    3 credits
    The search for justice in terms of the development of civil rights in the United States. Readings, discussions, and debate on the concept of justice; examination of history, substance, and value of civil rights—with special attention paid to the Bill of Rights; focus on the Civil Rights Movement (race and gender) as a case study. Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111. This course fulfills the Arts requirement (HST) or partially fulfills the Social and Behavioral Science requirement (POL/CRJ). Not open to students with credit in POL/CRJ 232. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement.


    PSY 379A CORE: Psychology of Women  

    3 credits
    A study of justice and the psychological and social dynamics that shape women‘s lives. Students will critically examine past and present psychological research and theories of female personality and behavior, the research on gender comparisons and gender roles, and female socialization and developmental processes. Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111. Not open to students with credit in PSY 348A. This course partially fulfills the Social and Behavioral Science requirement and fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement.


    SWK/SOC 379B CORE: Global Ethnic Relations  

    3 credits
    This course seeks to empower students to become knowledgeable, caring, and active citizens in a diverse and often ethnically polarized world. The course examines multiple dimensions of global diversity (race, ethnicity, religion); common responses to differences including prejudice, discrimination, segregation, colonization, genocide and positive alternatives such as assimilation and egalitarian pluralism. We will examine ethnic relations in the U.S. and around the world through the lens of history. The course concludes with the ethical basis for seeking social justice via anti-discrimination work and strategies for dismantling discrimination and repairing strained ethnic divides at the individual, institutional, and societal levels. Students will have the opportunity to translate knowledge into action for social justice through a bridging cultures project. Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement. This course partially fulfills the Social and Behavioral Science requirement. Not open to students with credit in SOC/SWK 346 or 279.


    SOC 379A CORE: Poverty and Development Seminar  

    3 credits
    This course will examine the causes, consequences, and solutions to Central American poverty while studying in Guatemala. The course will explore poverty in the context of colonial history, economic globalization, political and economic policies of unrestrained capitalism and trade, population growth, tropical climate, and cultural patterns. Students will travel in both urban and rural Guatemala meeting with non-profit organizations, government officials, and living with poor families. Grassroots efforts to address poverty including micro loan programs, sustainable agriculture, empowerment of women, literacy campaigns, prejudice reduction, and education for democracy will be emphasized. Spanish is useful but not necessary. Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111. Not open to students with credit in SOC 241. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement. This course partially fulfills the Social and Behavioral Science requirement.


    SOC/CRJ/POL 379C CORE: Causes of Collective Violence: Terrorism, Genocide, War  

    3 credits
    This is an introduction to theories of conflict and war from the inter-group to the international level. Included are causes of terrorism, ethnic conflict and genocide, revolution, and interstate war. This includes an analysis of causes of conflict at four levels: individual, small group, the nation/state, and the international system. This course is interdisciplinary, drawing on theories from biology, psychology, sociology, economics, and political science. Case studies of contemporary conflicts are utilized to explain and test various theoretical perspectives and to examine the consequences of war. Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111. Not open to students with credit in POL/CRJ/SOC 347.


    THL 379A CORE: Theology of Justice and Mercy  

    3 credits
    This course is an investigation of the meaning and relationship of justice and mercy in the Christian tradition, with an emphasis on the social justice teachings of the Catholic Church. Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111. Not open to students with credit in THL 238. The course partially fulfills the Theology requirement.