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Race, Policing, and Protest: A Resource Guide: WOU Campus Resources

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Classes at WOU


ANTH 372 Social Constructions of Race (4)
Course provides a critical perspective on racial/ethnic categorizations. Through lectures, discussions, readings, and films, students become acquainted with the social, cultural, historical, and evolutionary context of modern human diversity

Communication Studies

COM 342 Media Literacy (3)
Encourages the development of media literacy by examining the complexity of media industries in the areas of production, economics, audience development, media effects, and institutional effects. Specific topics include the analysis of media products such as news, entertainment and advertising according to their purposes, message parameters and audience reception.

COM 326 Communication and Controversy: Freedom of Speech in United States (3)
Study and critical assessment of major First Amendment issues and cases.

COM 426 Language of the Mass Media (3)
Uses of verbal and visual language in the popular media—motion pictures, television, radio, newspapers, and magazines—both by direct study and analysis of the various media and by the study of the relevant scholarship and criticism.

COM 442 Communication and Social Change (3)
Examination of communication in the context of historical or contemporary social issues or movements. Focus on critical thinking, dialogue, and praxis through application of communication theories and methodologies.

Criminal Justice

CJ 241 Introduction to Community Crime Prevention (4)
Opportunity to explore the history, philosophy, theory and application of community crime prevention programs. Students will examine research and programs in law enforcement, the courts, corrections, higher education and community-based organizations.

CJ 267 Research and Writing about Social Justice Issues (4)
Requires students to propose, research, and write an independent research project relating to the theme of the course. Themes will rotate but with a consistent social justice focus. Examples include: American Dream, Prison Narratives, The Power of Language, and Media Perceptions of CJ system. Prepares students for writing longer research papers by developing strong research and synthesis skills; introduces them to APA documentation style. Additionally, intensive work on sentence style, academic vocabulary, and grammar competency will be provided. Prerequisite: WR 122

CJ 331 Police and Community: Policy Perspective (4)
Broad review of contemporary American crime control policies and their relationship to community needs and citizen expectations. Emphasis on the influences that politics (i.e. minority groups, advocacy groups, etc.), culture, economics and bureaucracy have on policy development. Prerequisite: CJ 213, or consent of instructor

CJ 372 Social Constructions of Race (4)
Provides an anthropological perspective on how race has been used to examine variation among humans. Topics include the development of the concept of race, the role of science in upholding and abolishing racial categories, human variation through biocultural evolution, and an examination of racism as part of a system of oppression in modern day life and the criminal justice system.

CJ 436/536 Minorities, Crime, Social Policy, and Social Control (4)
The involvement of minorities, especially African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans, in crime and the criminal justice system.


SOC 225 Social Problems (3)
Critical analysis of contemporary U.S. society and selected social problems such as poverty, racism, sexism, environmental degradation and globalization. Causes and consequences of problems are examined.

SOC 330 Urban Sociology (3)
An introduction to urban development. Includes a historical and contemporary analysis of the rise of towns and cities with consideration given to the role of cities in the development of capitalism. Attention given to special topics such as urban redevelopment, urban government, fiscal crisis, housing and gentrification.

SOC 340 Community Organizing (3)
A review and analysis of the history and practice of grass roots community organizing, especially labor unions, tenant groups and neighborhood associations. Attention is given to community organizations working toward social change. Tactics and strategies of mobilization, confrontation and resistance are discussed.

SOC 434 African American Studies: Social Issues, Social Movements (3)
Introduction to the theoretical perspectives and social science research used to analyze the experience of African Americans in the U.S. Special emphasis will be placed on the emergence and consolidation of the Civil Rights Movement. Also examines the specific organizations that provided leadership during this period.

SOC 437/537 Sociology of Race/Ethnic Relations (3)
Introduction to the history of problems that racial and ethnic groups have confronted in the U.S., including immigration. Analysis will include an overview of the social movements that have emerged to confront forms of oppression and discrimination.

SOC 625 Social Problems and Policy (3)
An advanced introduction to contemporary social problems and related public policies. The causes and consequences of problems are considered.

SOC 627 Social Movements & Social Policy (3)
A survey of social movements in the United States. An examination of federal and state policies/programs that resulted from selected social movements is also a consideration. Special attention will be given to the labor movement, civil rights and the feminist movement.

SOC 640 Urban Development (3)
A survey of urban development. Focus on “political economy” of the city; the role of government in the development of the “built environment; urban problems and related government programs; urban planning.