Justice and Families Minor - Undergraduate - 2015 University Catalog

Coordinator: Francine C.  Raguso

This multidisciplinary minor offers students an opportunity to focus on issues of justice as they affect the family within social, political and economic institutions. It is designed for students seeking to enhance their major and career potential. Combined with the appropriate major, a minor in Justice and Families can provide the first stepping stone to a career in public welfare, social research and family policy, grassroots community initiatives, family law, immigration services and gerontology.

JUSTICE AND FAMILIES MINOR

Complete 18 semester hours, including the following 3 requirement(s):

  1. Complete the following 2 courses:

    JUST 200 Perspectives on Justice Studies I (3 hours lecture) 3
    JUST 401 Social Justice and Family Policy (3 hours lecture) 3
  2. Complete 6 semester hours from the following. Selected Topics in Justice Studies (JUST 398) may be used with written permission.

    1.  

      JUST 230 Family Violence (3 hours lecture) 3
      JUST 315 Restorative Justice (3 hours lecture) 3
      JUST 316 Victimology (3 hours lecture) 3
      JUST 320 Women and Prison (3 hours lecture) 3
      JUST 322 Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (3 hours lecture) 3
      JUST 400 Drugs and Society (3 hours lecture) 3
      PALG 305 Immigration Law (3 hours lecture) 3
      PALG 330 Family Law (3 hours lecture) 3
      PALG 413 Elder Law (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. 1 course from the following may also be used:

      JUST 403 Seminar on Gender and Crime (3 hours lecture) 3
      WMGS 403 Seminar on Gender and Crime (3 hours lecture) 3
  3. Complete 6 semester hours from the following:

    1.  

      FCST 201 Social Gerontology: The Study of Aging (3 hours lecture) 3
      FCST 344 Challenge of Aging (3 hours lecture) 3
      PSYC 224 Children's Rights and Child Advocacy (3 hours lecture) 3
      PSYC 245 Hispanic/Latino Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
      PSYC 246 Psychology of the Black Experience (3 hours lecture) 3
      SOCI 104 Sociology of the Family (3 hours lecture) 3
      SOCI 209 Sociology of Poverty and Welfare (3 hours lecture) 3
      SOCI 430 Sociology of Gender (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. 1 course from the following may also be used:

      CHAD 340 Current Social Issues in Child Advocacy (3 hours lecture) 3
      PSYC 324 Contemporary Issues in Child Advocacy (3 hours lecture) 3

Course Descriptions:

CHAD340: Current Social Issues in Child Advocacy (3 hours lecture)

This course reviews and discusses selected problems of social disorganization. It takes a multi-disciplinary approach in examining family problems related to poverty, drug abuse and violence. Causation of delinquency and the fragmentation of the family system are examined. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHAD 200 or CHAD 202 or CHAD 210 or CHAD 212.

FCST201: Social Gerontology: The Study of Aging (3 hours lecture)

In this course students examine issues related to aging in America from an individual and family perspective. They gain an understanding of biological, physiological, and cognitive changes related to aging and their impact upon families and daily life. Students also develop knowledge of the field of gerontology, utilizing a variety of perspectives including biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging and how personal values, attitudes, beliefs, race, ethnicity, and rituals affect the aging experience. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

FCST344: Challenge of Aging (3 hours lecture)

Students examine how changes over the adult life span affect family interaction and resources in various cultural groups within the United States. Students also engage in fieldwork with agencies and elders and learn about the implications of social policy and institutions relative to an increasing aging population. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 201. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department or departmental approval.

JUST200: Perspectives on Justice Studies I (3 hours lecture)

An examination of questions of justice based upon social behavior, group processes and individual differences. The course will explore controversies surrounding justice and injustice, including the potential for differential treatment based upon race, gender, age, sexual orientation, and physical ability. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Justice Studies. 3 sh.

JUST230: Family Violence (3 hours lecture)

This course will take a life-course approach in examining the complex issues of family violence. It will utilize a multidisciplinary framework in analyzing the dynamics of abuse. Students will discuss the various forms of violence as well as the prevalence and incidence of violence in different stages of the lifespan. The relationship between child abuse, sibling abuse, partner abuse and elder abuse will be examined. Students will also explore family violence from a cultural perspective. They will review current social policy as it relates to the protection and treatment of the victims of family violence. 3 sh.

JUST315: Restorative Justice (3 hours lecture)

Study of the mediation process and its evolution. Analysis of models and applications including: court-annexed, family, municipal court, community, peer, and victim offender mediation. Student participation in role plays, research, and observations of mediation process. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 102 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

JUST316: Victimology (3 hours lecture)

Victimology is the scientific study of victims including the relationship between the victim and offender, the victim and the criminal justice system, and the victim with other societal institutions. The goal of this course is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the subject of victimology in the context of Criminology and Women's and Gender studies. The course will be presented in three parts: Research and theory on victimization, Exploration of special topics in victimology, and Historical and Contemporary practical responses to victimization. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 200 or JUST 201 or WMGS 301 or departmental approval.

JUST320: Women and Prison (3 hours lecture)

This course will take a comprehensive view of the issues that bring women in contact with the criminal justice system and correctional institutions. Students will discuss the historical legacy of female incarceration in Europe and America. They will discover that the demographic intersections of gender, race, class and gender orientation play a major role in sentencing outcomes. Gender responsive programming as well as role model programs in the US, Canada and Europe will be discussed. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 102 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

JUST322: Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (3 hours lecture)

This course will deal with major theories regarding the causes of juvenile delinquency. The relationship between juvenile crime and justice and the socio-economic and institutional arrangements of the larger society will be the primary focus. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 102 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

JUST400: Drugs and Society (3 hours lecture)

The course will familiarize students with scholarship on the relationships between drugs and disparate treatment by race, class and gender from a multidisciplinary perspective. The course will situate drugs into a larger conception of social justice and will familiarize students with scholarship on the relationships between drugs and the larger structural elements of society. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 102 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

JUST401: Social Justice and Family Policy (3 hours lecture)

Students will examine historical and current social welfare policies within a social justice context and as they affect families through the lifecourse. They will analyze the conflicts and controversies that surround current policies and the role of the media in setting the social welfare agenda. Students will come to and understanding of the political forces and special interests that frame the rationale for social welfare policy and will decide what reforms, if any, are indicated. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 102 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

JUST403: Seminar on Gender and Crime (3 hours lecture)

The goal of this course is to provide an upper-level, trans-disciplinary overview of ways that gender shapes individuals' experiences with the criminal justice system as workers, offenders and victims. Emphasis will be placed on the examination of structural disadvantage, the gendered nature of criminological theoretical perspectives, and the victim/offender dichotomy. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: WMGS 301 or JUST 310 or by departmental approval.

PALG305: Immigration Law (3 hours lecture)

Basic overview of Immigration and Nationality Act, including historical and sociological perspectives of United States immigration. Practice and procedure of immigration law as it pertains to both administrative agency processing and consular processing. Non-immigrant visas, family-based immigration, employment-based immigration, naturalization, removal, asylum and refugee practice. Recent developments in this continually evolving area of law and practice. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PALG 210 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

PALG330: Family Law (3 hours lecture)

Basic concepts of family law practice. Study of ceremonial and common-law marriage. Dissolution of marriage and annulment. Financial consequences, including alimony and property distribution. Child custody, adoption, illegitimacy, paternity, and surrogacy. Domestic violence. Familiarization with New Jersey procedures. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PALG 210 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

PALG413: Elder Law (3 hours lecture)

This course presents basic Elder Law concepts, practices and procedures. This course is a "service-learning course" requiring students to participate in an organized service activity that addresses an identified community need in this case, that of the elderly. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PALG 210 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

PSYC224: Children's Rights and Child Advocacy (3 hours lecture)

Explores the review and evaluation of the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of young citizens (preschool through adolescence); the process and goals of advocacy; the community services available to and lacking for the optimum development to maturity of young citizens. Psychology, education, sociology, mental health, law enforcement, medicine are domains of study and investigation. 3 sh.

PSYC245: Hispanic/Latino Psychology (3 hours lecture)

Focuses on the personal, social, institutional and cultural forces that affect the psychology of Hispanic/Latino Americans. The course will cover issues such as the measurement of psychological functions, bilingualism, personal values and belief systems, the dynamics of the family and acculturation. A midterm and a final exam as well as a research paper will be required from students. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101.

PSYC246: Psychology of the Black Experience (3 hours lecture)

Covers the historical impact of scientific and institutional racism on the psychological study of blacks. Survey and critical analysis of traditional European approaches with non-traditional methods for comparison. Future development and advancement of a black psychology considered. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101.

PSYC324: Contemporary Issues in Child Advocacy (3 hours lecture)

An in-depth study of current topics in the field of child advocacy. The impact of Megan's Law, advocacy for adopted children, child right-to-life movement, and repressed memory syndrome are among the possible issues to be explored. A multi-disciplinary focus will be used to enhance student understanding and learning. Previous course PSYC 430 effective through Spring 2013. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Junior or senior Psychology or Justice Studies majors only.

SOCI104: Sociology of the Family (3 hours lecture)

Discussion of "official" and "unofficial" (single parent, gay/lesbian) family relationships; compare current U.S. family forms with those of other historical periods and societies; examine trends in contemporary societies affecting family forms, such as changing work role of women, changed sexual norms in courtship and recent changes in divorce rate; analyze issues in the "politics of the family." Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science. Previous course SOCI 204 effective through Spring 2013. 3 sh.

SOCI209: Sociology of Poverty and Welfare (3 hours lecture)

Poverty and welfare institutions as social phenomena. The meaning of poverty, absolute and relative deprivation, the functions of social welfare institutions. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SOCI 100 or SOCI 113 or SOCI 201 or departmental approval.

SOCI430: Sociology of Gender (3 hours lecture)

The social determinants of differences between women and men and the effect of sex role differentiation in the social institutions of marriage and family, the economy and work situation, formal education, health, mass media, and religion; special emphasis is placed on the impact of social change on sex roles in contemporary society. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SOCI 301 or SOCI 304 or SOCI 309 or SOCI 311 or SOCI 312 or departmental approval.

WMGS403: Seminar on Gender and Crime (3 hours lecture)

The goal of this course is to provide an upper-level, trans-disciplinary overview of ways that gender shapes individuals' experiences with the criminal justice system as workers, offenders and victims. Emphasis will be placed on the examination of structural disadvantage, the gendered nature of criminological theoretical perspectives, and the victim/offender dichotomy. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: WMGS 301 or JUST 310 or by departmental approval.