SOAR

Course Requirements

Five courses are required for this minor. They include:

1st Course: Core  (100-level)
IDIS 191: Life Walk of Justice: Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies”
Course Description: In this course students will be encouraged to identify and analyze (in)justice in our own lives, communities and world.  In addition to course readings, we will use the contemplative practices of memoir and walking as resources for critical thinking.  A majority of the course will involve students developing responses to (in)justice through various projects that reflect students’ own passion and design, including academic, artistic, political, social, service-oriented, and personal responses. (M3) 
Jasper and Denton-Borhaug

2nd and 3rd Courses: Religion, Peace, and Justice (200-level)
Students will choose two from a selection of courses in the Religion, Sociology and Philosophy departments that focus on the nexus of religion, peace and justice. 
Courses:
IDIS/Rel 296 Civil Rights and Moral Life; Denton-Borhaug and Mayer
Phil 299 Philosophy of Law; Naraghi
Phil/Rel 250 Environmental Ethics; Falla
Rel 210 Christian Ethics, War and Just Peacemaking; Denton-Borhaug
Rel 240 Jewish and Christian Feminism; Denton-Borhaug
Rel 245 Religion and Politics; Denton-Borhaug
Rel 246 War and Peace in the Biblical World; Radine
Rel 255 Liberation Theology with Travel Seminar; Denton-Borhaug
Rel 370 The Problem of Evil; Naraghi
Soc 268 Nation, Religion and Region in India; Jasper

4th Course: Structures and Ideas (100 or 200-level)
Students choose one course in the applied analysis of peace and justice issues in specific social, political, economic, and cultural systems; and/or on how peace and justice are theorized.  These courses may be based in Political Science, Sociology, History and Philosophy departments.
Courses:

ART 212 Artists as Activists; Torok
Edu 160 Culture, Community, Diversity: Introduction to Cultural Diversity; Education Faculty
IDIS 104 Experience of Literature: War in the 20th and 21st centuries; Gal
Eng 263 Writing as Activism; Hinnefeld
Eng 344 Native American Literature; Tabor
POSC 245 Politics of the Third World; Farbod
SPAN 345 Agency, Citizenship & Identity in the Southern Cone; Yozell

5th Course:  Peace and Justice-Making Praxis (practicum and capstone; 300 level):  
This course will round out the minor by connecting students’ previous learning with concrete practice.  Students may choose a form of community service, work with a non-profit or other community organization, or some other form of “hands on” learning with an emphasis on justice and peace-building that suits the particular design of their educational direction in the minor.  Prior to beginning the course, students will write a rationale to explain why their proposed practicum fits into the minor’s framework; this must be approved by the co-directors before the student proceeds.  

In addition to their “hands on” experience, and meetings with their faculty/community mentor, all students in the practicum/capstone will meet jointly a minimum of 2 times over the course of the semester with program faculty for a “Vocational Reflection Circle (VCR)”.  To facilitate this goal, students will return to the memoir they wrote as a part of their “Lifewalk” course and complete two additional chapters: 1) a chapter that traces and analyzes student learning in the minor; 2) a chapter comprising the student’s reflection on the connections between these experiences, and his/her life and vocational aspirations.