Preceptorials Linked to the Social Justice LLC


COMM 101: Introduction to Human Communication

Preceptor: Dr. Jonathan Bowman
Credit: Social Sciences Core // 3 UNITS

How do people interact with their friends, family, or even with society as a whole? What allows advocates and individuals to navigate their close relationships and their social context? This class provides an interactive examination of the principles and contexts of human communication. Some of the principles surveyed include perception, listening, nonverbal communication, and persuasion as they occur across interpersonal, group, organizational, and public communication contexts. This course is a prerequisite for all upper-division Communication Studies courses, and fulfills a core curriculum requirement in the social sciences. Together, we will learn through experiences, reflection, and quite a bit of fun.

COMM 130: Introduction to Media Studies

Preceptor: Dr. Antonieta Mercado
Credit: Social Science Core // 3 UNITS

This course offers an introduction to the examination of media and media literacy. Students learn about the origins, history and development of mass media. Additionally, the present structure, characteristics, challenges in the areas of radio, television and cable are addressed.

ENGL 228: Slavery and Abolition in the Atlantic World

Preceptor: Dr. Ivan Ortiz
Credit: Humanities Core // 3 UNITS

This course introduces students to the history of slavery and abolition in the Atlantic world through works of literature, art, and film. Abolitionists and proponents of slavery produced a wide variety of literature in order to sway white readers across the English empire and in America on the issue. As a class, we will weigh the political efficacy of memoir, fiction, poetry, drama, essays, and political tracts and work toward understanding the complexities of ideas like human capital, humanitarianism, pity, and social justice. 

ENGR 101: Introduction to Engineering

Preceptor: Dr. Imane Khalil
Credit: Elective Credit // 3 UNITS

Introduction to the field of engineering. Exploration of problem solving in lecture and laboratory projects in differing engineering disciplines. Introduction to engineering software tools. 

Students must have a Math SAT score of 570 or greater, an ACT Math score of 25 or greater, or pass the Level 2 Math Placement exam to qualify for this preceptorial course.

HIST 110: Modern Latin America

Preceptor: Dr. Ken Serbin
Credit: Humanities Core // 3 UNITS

This course surveys the history of Latin America from the independence wars of the early nineteenth century to the present. It focuses in particular on the themes of the region's colonial legacy, social life, politics, modernization and urbanization, revolution, the quest for democracy and development, and contemporary problems. One of the motifs of the course is the struggle for independence and justice – independence of Latin American nations from their colonial past, from the United States, from poverty, from underdevelopment, and justice in politics, in social relations, and in the attempt to build a citizenry based on equality.

LANG 194D: Social Justice in Latin America

Preceptor: Dr. Alejandro Meter
Credit: Social Science  and Diversity Core // 3 UNITS

The region known today as "Latin America" is the product of a long and complex process of conquest and colonization. Since colonial times, Latin American and Caribbean cultures have developed against a background of cultural oppression, racial conflict, political domination, colonial exploitation and gender inequality. Out of this tension and conflict, however, emerged an extraordinary variety and wealth of literary and artistic creations. In this course we will study the Latin American condition from a social justice perspective through literary and film representations of injustice centered around topics like migration and exile, gender and sexuality, indigenous and afro-Latin American narratives, the Latino/a experience in the US and the politics of memory.

POLS 150: US-South Africa Social Change

Preceptor: Dr. Michael Williams
Credit: Social Science Core // 3 UNITS

What can Americans learn about the political and social change from South Africa?  Similarly, what can South Africans learn about how the political and civil society leaders in the United States have sought to address social, political, and economic injustices?  This course provides a comparative analysis of the United States and South Africa so that we can better understand the similarities and differences between two countries that share a legacy of white supremacy and institutionalized racism as well as attempts to address this legacy through governmental and non-governmental actions.  This course will compare the political histories, the political cultures, political institutions, and role of civil societies in each country so that students can have a better understanding of the dynamics of political and social change in these two countries.

SOCI 101D: Introduction to Sociology

Preceptor: Dr. Lisa Nunn
Credit: Social Science Core // 3 UNITS

Why are men and women so different? (or ARE they?) Why don’t people who live in the ghetto just get a job?  How do strippers and drug dealers justify their “work”?  Why do subcultures like Goths act so weird? This course takes up all these issues and many more.  We examine how U.S. society successfully (or unsuccessfully) holds itself together despite being comprised of a multitude of different sub-groups. We examine inequality: how some sub-groups of society systematically wind up with more positions of power and more social and economic rewards than other sub-groups. We discuss what we each one of us can do to move toward social justice in our everyday lives.

Social Justice Integrated English 121 classes

Integrated into the Social Justice LLC is Composition and Literature, USD's first-year writing course. ENGL 121 is a Core requirement for all USD students. In the Social Justice LLC you will have the unique opportunity to fulfill the requirement as part of the larger curriculum. It will be a separate course, worth 3 units, but will investigate social justice and take part in the LLC's activities. Building on the interdisciplinarity of the Living Learning Community, ENGL 121 will provide the opportunity to develop your writing skills at the college level.

Integrated Classes:

  • ENGL 121 section 61 - Dr. Jason Crum
  • ENGL 121 section 63 - 
  • ENGL 121 section 64 - Dr. Lisa Hemminger

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