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.
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Courses: Social Change @ Northeastern
Course Number: CED 6910
Department: Commerce and Economic Development – CPS (CED)
Offers students, working in individuals and groups, an opportunity to design and carry out an interdisciplinary economic policy analysis comparable to those performed for a government or nonprofit agency. Projects can be done with real-world clients and utilize experience learned from co-op or experiential learning projects.
China: Governance and Foreign Policy
Course Number: POLS 3485
Department: Political Science (POLS)
Focuses on China’s political system and the major issues confronted: leadership recruitment and succession, economic policies and development, class and class struggle, political culture and socialization, human rights, civil society, the media, and both internal and external security concerns. Examines how ideology, development, culture, and the pursuit of China’s national interest affect governance.
Cities in a Global Context
Course Number: INTL 3200
Department: International Affairs (INTL)
Examines the roots of the urbanization process, major ways of thinking about it, and the development of world cities and megacities. The twenty-first century will be a century in which urbanism is a central problem and opportunity. Considers the economic, political, cultural, and environmental dimensions of urbanism across the globe. Includes specific case studies from around the world. Encourages students to develop a knowledge of particular cities in order to examine the key themes of the course. INTL 3200, ANTH 3200, and SOCL 3200 are cross-listed.
Cities, Landscape and Contemporary Culture
Course Number: LARC 2340
Department: Landscape Architecture (LARC)
Presents the core themes, social theories, ethical debates, and iconic works that shape the field of contemporary landscape architecture and urban design, particularly in the context of environmental change and climate disruption. Focuses on contemporary projects and designers to examine formal characteristics of built works and contextual factors, including social, political, and economic systems and institutions. Challenges students to apply theories of environmental and climate justice to questions about the built environment and the relationship between natural and social systems. Designed to prepare students to address complex sociocultural and environmental issues through thoughtful inquiry and creative expression. Offers students an opportunity to formulate critical design perspectives via reading responses, project analyses, written work, and podcasts.
Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Clinic
Course Number: LAW7597
Department: Law (LAW)
The CRRJ (Civil Rights and Restorative Justice) Clinic engages students in legal research, litigation and legislative initiatives relating to anti-civil rights violence in the United States. CRRJ clinic students assist law enforcement agencies considering criminal investigation and pursue civil litigation against government entities. One of CRRJ’s projects, Reconstructing Cases of Racial Violence, involves researching cases where criminal prosecution may not be an option. Students reconstruct legal proceedings and conduct factual investigations. The project focuses on practical legal research skills and helps students integrate the law of torts, civil procedure, federal courts, criminal law, and constitutional law. Faculty will provide individual supervision of each student.
Class, Power, and Social Change
Course Number: SOCL 3450
Department: Sociology (SOCL)
Explores theories and research on the institutionalized forms of inequality that have accompanied the rise of advanced capitalism in Western society. Major topics include the competing definitions of class that have developed among social scientists; the relation between class and race in the United States; how class and gender have intersected historically; and the link between workers’ movements, political systems, and the forms that capitalist development has assumed in Western Europe and the United States. Students conduct projects in which they explore the conceptions of social justice held by members of subordinate groups.