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John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Course Prefix: HJS                                     Course Number: 310                                    
Course Title: Comparative Perspectives On Justice
Subject: Humanities and Justice Studies
Minimum Credits: 3.0                                     Maximum Credits: 3.0                                     Hours per week: 3.0


This course will study justice in the nonwestern world as it is variously represented in historical, literary, and philosophical texts. A sequel to HJS 250: Justice in the Western Traditions, it builds upon the analytical skills developed in that course and extends its geographical boundaries to the Mideast, Asia, Africa, and the other Americas. By studying how social, political, and religious institutions shape understandings of justice and injustice, and how these concepts define race, gender, ethnicity, and class, the course focuses on articulations and practices of justice that are different from the western constructs considered in HJS 250. Through comparative investigations of encounters between societies resulting from conquest, trade, and social exchange, it will explore justice as culturally inflected, the product at once of a particular regional or national identity and history, and of intercultural contact.

Prerequisite: English 102 or 201; HJS 250 and junior standing.
Start Date:    12/11/2009                         End Date: