Field Studies in Social Justice (FSSJ): 391-0

Class Type: Variable Credit (1-4 units)

Academic Focus: Current practices and issues in social justice with a particular focus on race, gender, and sexuality.

What you need to know:

  • Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
  • Offered in Winter, Spring and Summer quarter
  • FSSJ (391-0) is a weekly 3 hour class typically held on the Evanston campus
  • Class day and time are determined quarterly by polling class participants, with class times set once polling is complete
  • Class can be taken for 1,2,3, or 4 credits (read more about how CFS credit works)
  • Internship time commitment varies from 8-36 hours/week (read more about how CFS credit works)
  • Students work with their employer to negotiate internship hours that are compatible with their class schedule
  • Classes may have mandatory field trips that require students’ absence from their internship
  • You are able to take other classes while participating in this CFS concentration if you need to. However, we strongly recommend that students take no more than 2 other classes. Students participating for 4 units of credit are expected to dedicate their quarter exclusively to their CFS class and internship.
  • This class will count one credit toward Weinberg Distribution Requirement for Area III: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Course Description

Social justice is often defined as the just and equal access to resources, privileges, and social status, and involves the recognition of persistent social inequalities, and that work toward social justice involves ongoing structural social change.  This course examines social justice as idea and process, in historical perspective and around the world, and through the lens of active social justice movements in Chicago today.  We look in particular at the Black Lives Matter movement, struggles against urban gentrification and displacement, and the immigrant rights movement, as case studies offering new internship opportunities.  Course readings and meetings emphasize reflection, debate, and constructive critique, as we pay attention to the intersections of race, class, gender, citizenship, and sexuality, but focus especially on the discourses and practices of race and racism that frame social justice struggles.

2017-2018 Instructor: TBD

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

(Opportunities in other fields are also available)

For orientation, internship run, and midterm meeting dates, as well as other program obligations, please see the Important Program Dates page