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FPJ Structured Exploration (4 electives, 12 credits)

faith, peace and justice program

An important feature of the FPJ minor is its flexibility in meeting the interest of the student by creating a “cluster” of elective courses reflecting the student’s particular peace/justice concern. Here are some examples of clustering electives around a common theme for justice, peace, or professional ethical issues. The "clusters" of electives cited below are offered as illustrations of the many possible elective clusters open to students within the FPJ minor. Other themes and other relevant clusters are possible and encouraged with the advice of the program director.

Spirituality, Service and Social Justice

  • THEO 3527 Meditation, Action, Interfaith Learning
  • PHIL 1088 Person and Social Responsibility
  • THEO 4433 Faith, Service and Solidarity
  • PHIL 2261 Telling Truths: Writing/Service

Medical Ethics

  • SOCY 1078 Soc. Of Health /Illness
  • THEO 3222 Bioethics/Social Justice
  • THEO 3598 Law, Medicine and Ethics
  • PHIL 2233 Values in Social Service and Health Care

Third World Development

  • SC574 Globalization, Gender/Development
  • ECON 2273 Development Economics
  • THEO 2497 Liberation Ethics
  • POLI 2460 Comparative Politics/Development

Economic Justice

  • SOCY 1072 Inequality in America
  • ECON 2205 Catholic Social Teaching/Economic Analysis
  • SOCY 5550 Economic Sociology
  • POLI 2431 Radical Political Economy

Economic Justice

  • SOCY 3375 American Economic Crisis/Social Change
  • ECON 2205 Catholic Social Teaching/Economic Analysis
  • SOCY 376 Social Justice in Global Context
  • POLI 2460 Community Politics/Development

Environmental Issues

  • THEO 2231 The Bible and Ecology
  • PHIL 2523 Environmental Ethics
  • ECON 2278 Environmental Economics
  • SOCY 2562 Environmental Sociology

Human Rights

  • POLI 2438 Human Rights
  • PHIL 3611 Global Justice and Human Rights
  • THEO 5563 Ethics, Religion and International Politics
  • PHIL 5536 Philosophies of Dissent

Peace Issues

  • SOCY 1092 Peace or War
  • POLI 2402 Comparative Revolutions
  • THEO 5351 Faith Elements/Conflict
  • POLI 2518 Liberalism/Nation Building 
  • PHIL 2261 Telling Truths: Writing/Service

Peace Issues

  • HIST 4259 Theories of Violence
  • THEO 5352 Israelis and Palestinians
  • THEO 535 Ethics of War and Peace
  • THEO 1342 Peaceful Leadership Methods

Peace Issues

  • POLI 3527 Terrorism and Violence
  • SOCY 3367 Social Justice: Israel/Palestine
  • PHIL 2259 War and Aggression
  • THEO 1341 Conflict Resolution

Crime and Justice

  • SOCY 3308 Crime and Punishment
  • PHIL 2261 Telling Truths: Justice
  • POLI 2321 American Constitutional Law
  • SOCY 3310 Studies: Crime/Social Justice            

Boston/Urban Focus

  • HIST 2830 Boston Neighborhoods
  • HIST 2658 Social Conflict in Boston
  • PHIL 2261 Boston Urban Analysis
  • SOCY 3350 Black and Green

Ethics and Social Theory

  • SOCY 2215 Social Theory
  • THEO 5354 Catholic Social Teaching
  • HIST 4244 Global Political Catholicism
  • SOCY 376 Social Justice/Global Context

Conflict Resolution

  • THEO 5592 Conflict Resolution in Film
  • PSYC 3334 Interpersonal Violence
  • THEO 2316 Forgive/Reconciliation
  • THEO 1342 Peaceful Leadership Methods

Race Issues

  • AADS 3319 Politics of Race
  • SOCY 3303 Social Construction of Whiteness
  • SOCY 5597 Contemporary Race Theory
  • THEO 2283 Prophets and Peacemakers

PLEASE NOTE: The elective course clusters listed above are a small sample of possible clusters of interdisciplinary courses that could be chosen to fulfill the elective requirements for the FPJ Minor. Students are encouraged to design their own elective cluster around topics of urgency and interest. Other elective clusters, with different themes and courses not listed here, are certainly possible, with the advice of the Director.