Principles of Justice Studies Online
Dr. K. Cameron
Justice Studies - Social Sciences Department
Pittsburg State University
In this course we analyze the concept of justice and controversial justice issues through critical inquiry and social science investigation. We seek to refine our understanding of the nature of justice and the pursuit of Justice Studies by exploring the dynamics of social justice and its relation to criminal justice. The course examines alternative models of justice, how justice is linked to power, ideology, social control, and social change in our contemporary society. Generative themes explored are illustrated using material from the subfields concerning socioeconomic justice, racial/ethnic justice (including American Indian justice), and gender justice as well as criminal justice.
(1) Facilitate students' ability to articulate their own "sense of justice";
(2) Help students identify the dimensions, contexts, and varieties of arguments made about justice issues;
(3) Demonstrate how the study and understanding of justice is a social and cultural phenomenon and activity;
(4) Familiarize students with social science concepts and approaches to studying justice issues, including doing interviews, observing human behavior and interactions, and data analysis;
(5) Give an historical overview of alternative models of justice;
(6) Explore how basic justice issues and controversies are manifested in selected arenas of society, and how the concepts and issues underlying them are addressed in Justice Studies;
(7) Engage in critical explorations of the nature of justice in an effort to develop participants' skills for exposing contradictions within social, cultural, and historical forces that give rise to justice and injustice.
Class, Race, Gender, and Crime: Social Realities of Justice in America,
Gregg Barak, et. al., Roxbury Publishing Co., 2001.
The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison: Ideology, Class, and Criminal Justice,
Seventh Edition, Jeffrey Reiman, Allyn & Bacon, 2004.
In this course, we will be exploring the nature of social justice and its relationship to criminal justice. To begin, we must first inquire about the meaning of social justice and why it is relevant to our study as justicians. Questions and issues of social inequality are central to professions in the criminal justice field, the legal profession, work in social service agencies, and any social science discipline. An important part of your education entails a critical examination and understanding of how marginalized and disenfranchised populations have been created out of an ideology that has perpetuated an unequal distribution of opportunities, benefits, rewards in our society.