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Social Change Courses @ Northeastern

Northeastern is a leader in experiential teaching, scholarship and activism that advance the solving of real-world problems. The following is a list of Spring 2023 courses that address social change and social justice.

For information about course requirements, please contact the college. Click on “filter” to sort by college or topic. For more about institutes and centers that address public problem solving, click here. To register for one of these courses, please visit the Northeastern Student Hub.


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Courses: Social Change @ Northeastern

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  • Ethics in Creativity

    Course Number: INAM 2000

    Department: Interdisciplinary Studies in Arts, Media, and Design (INAM)

    Studies the role of ethics in creative practice. Offers students an opportunity to reflect on many of the concerns creative professionals face, such as how creative practitioners manifest care as a social intervention for building intimacy, healing, and hope across communities and how to develop and articulate creative goals. From the rhetoric of trust and authenticity, to honesty and generosity, ethical concepts consistently make their way into creative practice. Examines (and affords students an opportunity to hone) strategies to systematically navigate uncertainty and iteration within creative practice, culminating in a student final creative project. Readings focus on ethical paradigms that illustrate how systems of power shape the role of creative practices in society.

  • Experiential Network Projects

    Course Number: INT 6940

    Department: Interdisciplinary Studies – CPS (INT)

    Offers students an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills gained through their master’s program to work on challenging short-term projects under faculty supervision. Students are matched with discipline-specific consulting projects provided by a wide range of sponsoring organizations in the private and nonprofit sectors. Students develop a project plan, conduct research, develop and deliver recommendations to sponsoring organizations, and reflect on lessons learned. Mapping academic course concepts and skills to the consultative process is a primary learning goal. Requires an application process.

  • Feminist Resistance

    Course Number: WMNS/HIST/SOCL 5240

    Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WMNS), History (HIST), and Sociology (SOCL)

    Engages students in the study of a variety of forms of feminist resistance in recent history, emphasizing the United States in the context of cross-cultural examples. Examines key feminist texts and manifestos and studies feminist activism in coalition with other social movements. Students identify and analyze unique features of gender-based activism in itself and in its intersections with other social movements, including movements and activism focused on race, class, sexuality, and physical ability.

  • First Amendment Seminar: The Religion Clauses

    Course Number: LAW7687

    Department: Law (LAW)

    Examines the religion clauses of the First Amendment and related statutory regimes, emphasizing the U.S. Supreme Court’s free exercise and establishment clause jurisprudence. Evaluates individual and institutional claims of religious liberty. Explores the implications of government funding of religious institutions and activities. Discusses government expression or endorsement of religious messages.

  • Forced Migration

    Course Number: INTL 4100

    Department: International Affairs (INTL)

    Analyzes the history and politics of forced migration, concentrating on the negative “push” factors that force people to migrate and the positive “pull” factors that motivate them to seek sanctuary in particular places. While millons of people worldwide are displaced by war and other forms of violence, the history of forced migration and processes of seeking and granting refuge are often poorly understood. Investigates the development of legal and institutional frameworks that govern forced migration and assesses its political and humanitarian implications. Rejecting dominant views of displaced people as “victims” or as “problems” to “solve,” the course addresses displaced people as complex historical actors whose experiences are tied to legacies and processes of imperialism, state violence, war, and globalization.

  • Gamechanger: Black Athletes and the Power of Digital Media

    Course Number: JRNL 3305

    Department: Journalism (JRNL)

    Offers specialized topics in journalism for the twenty-first century. Topic matter changes each semester. May be repeated up to eight times.

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