Fall 2022 300-Level Transfer Seminars

Fall 2022 300-Level Transfer Seminars

TRANSFER SEMINARS are special sections of the 300-level Justice Core courses that all transfer students are required to take. They are taught by experienced faculty who are experts in their fields and will be able to connect you to academic and professional resources. Each seminar is assigned a peer success coach, who provides ongoing support and serves as a connection to the campus. 

TRANSFER ADVANTAGE SUCCESS SERIES:
FAST TRACK FOR POST GRADUATE SUCCESS
As a student in a transfer seminar, you will be able to apply for the special Transfer Advantage workshop series. Meetings take place during community hour, and students are guided on creating an integrated academic and career plan. 
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AFRICANA STUDIES
HISTORY
HUMANITIES AND JUSTICE
ENGLISH LITERATURE
LATINX STUDIES
PHILOSOPHY
 

AFRICANA STUDIES

SELF, IDENTITY AND JUSTICE: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES  
AFR 319-99, M/W 4:30 PM5:45 PM full section
Instruction Mode: Online-Synchronous
Registration Code: 49848

Professor Sami Disu
This course is an examination of some of the ways in which the development of the self is impacted by the quality of justice that is available to the individual. Students will develop an appreciation of the interaction between self, identity and justice. Using perspectives that have emerged from the enlightenment, modernity and globalization, we examine how these ways of thinking assist and often limit the ability to develop a healthy self. We will focus on how the policies of justice-related institutions affect self–work and therefore one’s access to justice. Case studies will illustrate these issues from the perspectives of gender, class, religion, ethnicity and race, in the United States and in other regions of the world.

PERSPECTIVES ON JUSTICE IN THE AFRICANA WORLD
AFR 320-02, M/W 9:25 AM–10:40 AM
Instruction Mode: In Person
Registration Code: 49846

Professor Carlton Adams
This course explores questions and topics related to justice in the Africana world, and how conceptions and applications of justice are shaped by these societies. Each course section may examine different case studies both contemporary and historical, investigating the customs and traditions, policies, legal reforms, and political or social responses of Africana populations to justice issues. Possible topics include the role of violence in law and justice in Africa, post-colonial legal history in the Caribbean, justice traditions both formal and informal in the Africana world, and the history of human rights as seen from Africana perspectives. Special attention will be paid to the interplay between western and Africana conceptions of justice.

PERSPECTIVES ON JUSTICE IN THE AFRICANA WORLD
AFR 320-98, T/TH 5:55 PM–7:10 PM
Instruction Mode: Online-Synchronous
Registration Code: 49843

Professor Tamara Kelly
This course explores questions and topics related to justice in the Africana world, and how conceptions and applications of justice are shaped by these societies. Each course section may examine different case studies both contemporary and historical, investigating the customs and traditions, policies, legal reforms, and political or social responses of Africana populations to justice issues. Possible topics include the role of violence in law and justice in Africa, post-colonial legal history in the Caribbean, justice traditions both formal and informal in the Africana world, and the history of human rights as seen from Africana perspectives. Special attention will be paid to the interplay between western and Africana conceptions of justice.

PERSPECTIVES ON JUSTICE IN THE AFRICANA WORLD | Reserved for Students in Apple Corps
AFR 320-03, M/W 10:50 AM–12:05 PM
Instruction Mode: In Person
Registration Code: 49845

Professor Charlotte Walker-Said
This course explores questions and topics related to justice in the Africana world, and how conceptions and applications of justice are shaped by these societies. Each course section may examine different case studies both contemporary and historical, investigating the customs and traditions, policies, legal reforms, and political or social responses of Africana populations to justice issues. Possible topics include the role of violence in law and justice in Africa, post-colonial legal history in the Caribbean, justice traditions both formal and informal in the Africana world, and the history of human rights as seen from Africana perspectives. Special attention will be paid to the interplay between western and Africana conceptions of justice.

HISTORY

THE HISTORY OF CRIME AND PUNISHMENT IN THE UNITED STATES
HIS 320-01, M/W 10:50 AM−12:05 PM
Instruction Mode: In Person
Registration Code: 51321

Professor Jonathan Epstein
This course examines the ways in which Americans have defined crime, explained its causes, and punished and rehabilitated criminals. The relationships among crime, social values, and social structure. Areas of emphasis include colonial Massachusetts and Virginia; the creation of police forces and prisons during the first half of the 19th century; criminality during the Gilded Age and Progressive Period; Prohibition; creation of the FBI; crime and the Great Depression; and some aspects of crime and punishment between 1950 and 1970. 

PRISONS, PEOPLE, AND PUNISHMENT IN THE UNITED STATES
HIS 320-03, M 3:05 PM−4:20 PM 
Instruction Mode: Hybrid
Registration Code: 49494

Professor Anissa Helie-Lucas
This course examines the ways in which Americans have defined crime, explained its causes, and punished and rehabilitated criminals. It also explores the relationships among crime, social values, and social structure and questions of (in)justice from the late 18th century to the present. Areas of emphasis include the evolution of prison: theories, policies and reforms; the politics of incarceration: who is jailed, how, and why; the prison economy and privatization; and re-entry options: The Prison-to-College-Pipeline at John Jay College. 

PRISONS, PEOPLE, AND PUNISHMENT IN THE UNITED STATES
HIS 320-04, M 4:30 PM−5:45 PM 
Instruction Mode: Hybrid
Registration Code: 50398

Professor Anissa Helie-Lucas
This course examines the ways in which Americans have defined crime, explained its causes, and punished and rehabilitated criminals. It also explores the relationships among crime, social values, and social structure and questions of (in)justice from the late 18th century to the present. Areas of emphasis include the evolution of prison: theories, policies and reforms; the politics of incarceration: who is jailed, how, and why; the prison economy and privatization; and re-entry options: The Prison-to-College-Pipeline at John Jay College. 

HISTORY AND JUSTICE IN THE WIDER WORLD
HIS 352-01, T/TH 12:15 PM−1:30 PM
Instruction Mode: In Person
Registration Code: 51314

Professor Fred Bilenkis
This course explores the history and meaning of justice outside the United States and the modern history of humanitarian intervention--the involvement by individuals, organizations and foreign governments in the internal affairs of other societies, usually because of perceived abuses, “crimes” or human rights violations. Students will explore the development of the concepts of “humanity,” “human rights,” and the “legitimate” use of power to enforce these concepts. Focus will be centered on non-U.S. historical occurrences of humanitarian intervention in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the concepts of justice that have existed in the wider world. Through lecture, discussion, readings and video, we will examine these developments and how historians and others understand the past. We will also pursue the development of the following reasoning and content skills: ability to recognize and apply different historical approaches, formulate historical questions, explain the significance of different forms of historical evidence, construct a historical argument grounded in evidence from primary and/or secondary sources, and, trace historical trajectories and determine the interrelationship among themes, regions and periodization.

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HUMANITIES AND JUSTICE

COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES ON JUSTICE 
HJS 310-02, W 4:30 PM−5:45 PM
Instruction Mode: Hybrid
Registration Code: 51848

Professor Sara McDougall
Justice has been an important issue to people since ancient times, yet its concepts and practices have differed in various cultures. This course studies justice in the non-Western world as it is variously represented in historical, literary and philosophical texts. The course builds analytical skills and extends its coverage across geographical boundaries to the Mideast, Asia, Africa and the 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. Through comparative investigations of encounters between societies resulting from conquest, trade and social exchange, the course explores justice as culturally inflected, the product at once of a particular regional or national identity and history, and of intercultural contact.

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ENGLISH LITERATURE 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT IN NEW YORK CITY: WHAT'S LIT GOT TO DO WITH IT?
LIT 326-04, T/TH 10:50 AM−12:05 PM
Instruction Mode: In Person
Registration Code: 49403

Professor Elizabeth Yukins
Why has so much literature been produced about the people and neighborhoods of NYC? In this course, we will examine what our city offers in terms of diverse cultures, complex histories, pervasive social myths, and under-examined economic realities. With a focus on crime and punishment, we will specifically examine how authors use New York City as a setting to explore tensions between individual aspirations, family traditions, and community rules. Amidst these powerful forces, how and why does crime occur? In addition, who gets to define what’s a crime and what is not? In the literature we will read, authors use stories to raise questions about who in American society has been able to access education, to shape community standards, to pass laws, and to judge purported criminals. Over the course of the semester, we will analyze how histories of crime and punishment link with social anxieties about class, race, gender, and sexual identities, and we will debate philosophical questions about our city’s system of laws, rewards, and punishments. Possible texts we will read include Bartleby the Scrivener, Through the Eyes of Rebel Women: The Young Lords, and The Watchmen.

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT IN NEW YORK CITY: WHAT'S LIT GOT TO DO WITH IT?
LIT 326-05, T/TH 3:05 PM−4:20 PM
Instruction Mode: In Person
Registration Code: 51223

Professor Elizabeth Yukins
Why has so much literature been produced about the people and neighborhoods of NYC? In this course, we will examine what our city offers in terms of diverse cultures, complex histories, pervasive social myths, and under-examined economic realities. With a focus on crime and punishment, we will specifically examine how authors use New York City as a setting to explore tensions between individual aspirations, family traditions, and community rules. Amidst these powerful forces, how and why does crime occur? In addition, who gets to define what’s a crime and what is not? In the literature we will read, authors use stories to raise questions about who in American society has been able to access education, to shape community standards, to pass laws, and to judge purported criminals. Over the course of the semester, we will analyze how histories of crime and punishment link with social anxieties about class, race, gender, and sexual identities, and we will debate philosophical questions about our city’s system of laws, rewards, and punishments. Possible texts we will read include Bartleby the Scrivener, Through the Eyes of Rebel Women: The Young Lords, and The Watchmen.

CRIME, PUNISHMENT, AND JUSTICE IN WORLD LITERATURES
LIT 327-01, M 8:00 AM−9:15 AM
Instruction Mode: Hybrid
Registration Code: 49401

Professor Toy Fung Tung
What did the great  writers of the world think about crime and punishment? Starting from Dostoevsky’s classic novel, Crime and Punishment, their answers were never as simple as “do the crime, do the time.” From Dante’s Inferno to Dostoevsky to the present, we will read some of the great crime thrillers of all time! We will explore psychological, legal and philosophical aspects of crime and punishment—such as the idea of an “eye for an eye.” For example, after committing the perfect murder, Dostoevsky’s hero left clues that led the police directly to him—why? Suppose a whole town conspires in a murder, who should be punished? Are people sometimes punished for who they are rather than what they did, such as Shylock, Shakespeare’s Jewish merchant? What about Native-Americans on reservations and their tribal law traditions—whose law applies to them? These are some of the questions we will examine through the lens of literature.

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LATINX STUDIES

LATINX STRUGGLES FOR CIVIL RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
LLS 322-01, M/W 10:50 AM−12:05 PM full section
Instruction Mode: In Person
Registration Code: 51470

Professor Brian Montes
This course provides an interdisciplinary overview of the experiences of Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, and other Latinx during the Civil Rights period. It focuses on the Latinx social movements during the 1960’s and their consequences today for the struggles for civil rights and social justice of Latinx and other racial minorities in the United States. Topics include access to education and employment; immigrant right; detention and deportation; race and crime; Latinx and African American alliance building; Latinx citizenship and the military and gender values and sexuality.

LATINX STRUGGLES FOR CIVIL RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
LLS 322-02, M/W 4:30 PM−5:45 PM
Instruction Mode: In Person
Registration Code: 49717

Professor Noel Roman
This course provides an interdisciplinary overview of the experiences of Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, and other Latinx during the Civil Rights period. It focuses on the Latinx social movements during the 1960’s and their consequences today for the struggles for civil rights and social justice of Latinx and other racial minorities in the United States. Topics include access to education and employment; immigrant right; detention and deportation; race and crime; Latinx and African American alliance building; Latinx citizenship and the military and gender values and sexuality.

LATINX STRUGGLES FOR CIVIL RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
LLS 322-97, T/TH 5:55 PM−7:10 PM full section
Instruction Mode: Online-Synchronous
Registration Code: 51467

Professor Justino Rodriguez
This course provides an interdisciplinary overview of the experiences of Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, and other Latinx during the Civil Rights period. It focuses on the Latinx social movements during the 1960’s and their consequences today for the struggles for civil rights and social justice of Latinx and other racial minorities in the United States. Topics include access to education and employment; immigrant right; detention and deportation; race and crime; Latinx and African American alliance building; Latinx citizenship and the military and gender values and sexuality.

THE LATINX EXPERIENCE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE
LLS 325-02, T/TH 10:50 AM−12:05 PM
Instruction Mode: In Person
Registration Code: 51466

Professor Nitza Esacalera
TThis course analyzes the criminal justice system and its impact on the lives and communities of Latino/as and other groups in the United States. Particular emphasis is placed on Latino/as human and civil rights and the role that race, ethnicity, gender and class play in the criminal justice system. Interdisciplinary readings and class discussions center on issues such as the overrepresentation of Latino/as and racial minorities in the criminal justice system; law and police-community relations; racial profiling; stop and frisk policies; immigration status; detentions and deportations; Latino/a youth; media representations; gangs; and access to education and employment and the school-to-prison pipeline.

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PHILOSOPHY

PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES OF RIGHTS
PHI 302-01, M/W 9:25 AM–10:40 AM
Instruction Mode: In Person
Registration Code: 50854

Professor Jonathan Berk
This course will explore a number of philosophical issues regarding the nature, justification, content and scope of rights. Fundamental issues include what is meant by the notion of a right, how rights are justified, and what rights we should have. Other issues will also be explored, including whether rights are universal or culturally determined, whether there needs to be a special category of women’s human rights, whether the scope of rights encompasses animals and ecosystems in addition to humans, and whether rights exist for groups as well as individuals.

PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES OF RIGHTS
PHI 302-02, T/TH 12:15 PM–1:30 PM
Instruction Mode: In Person
Registration Code: 49701

Professor Mary Ann McClure
This course will explore a number of philosophical issues regarding the nature, justification, content and scope of rights. Fundamental issues include what is meant by the notion of a right, how rights are justified, and what rights we should have. Other issues will also be explored, including whether rights are universal or culturally determined, whether there needs to be a special category of women’s human rights, whether the scope of rights encompasses animals and ecosystems in addition to humans, and whether rights exist for groups as well as individuals.

PHILOSOPHY OF LAW IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
PHI 317-02, M/W 9:25 AM−10:40 AM
Instruction Mode: In Person
Registration Code: 49697

Professor Dwight Murph
This course introduces students to classical western philosophy of law by means of two major critical reactions to traditional and especially Anglo-American legal theory: Jeremy Bentham's castigation of English common (or case) law as a form of primitive law in the 19th century and Brian Tamanaha's criticism of H.L.A. Hart's legal positivism from the vantage of the collision of transplanted US law with traditional law in Micronesia (Yap) in the 21st century. Students will read primary texts in the philosophical traditions that form the main objects of discussion for Bentham, Hart, and Tamanaha: classical common law theory, natural law, Legal Formalism and Legal Realism of the US, and the work of Hart's critics Lon Fuller and Ronald Dworkin. At the conclusion of the course, students will be familiar with western philosophies of law and major critical responses to them from a global perspective. They will understand the role and importance of judge-made law for Anglo-American philosophies of law and for global critiques of western philosophy of law, and be able to construct arguments based on primary texts in the philosophy of law.

PHILOSOPHY OF LAW IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
PHI 317-03, T/TH 10:50 AM−12:05 PM
Instruction Mode: In Person
Registration Code: 51445

Professor Jacob Browning
This course introduces students to classical western philosophy of law by means of two major critical reactions to traditional and especially Anglo-American legal theory: Jeremy Bentham's castigation of English common (or case) law as a form of primitive law in the 19th century and Brian Tamanaha's criticism of H.L.A. Hart's legal positivism from the vantage of the collision of transplanted US law with traditional law in Micronesia (Yap) in the 21st century. Students will read primary texts in the philosophical traditions that form the main objects of discussion for Bentham, Hart, and Tamanaha: classical common law theory, natural law, Legal Formalism and Legal Realism of the US, and the work of Hart's critics Lon Fuller and Ronald Dworkin. At the conclusion of the course, students will be familiar with western philosophies of law and major critical responses to them from a global perspective. They will understand the role and importance of judge-made law for Anglo-American philosophies of law and for global critiques of western philosophy of law, and be able to construct arguments based on primary texts in the philosophy of law.

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