Women and Justice Studies (WJST)

WJST-110  Intro/Women's Studies: Gender/Justice  2 Credits  

An introductory course to the study of women and contemporary gender issues in society. This course will focus on such issues as the necessity for the study of women, gender as a cultural construct, theological interpretations of gender, and gender as perceived in history and literature. This course is part of the core requirement for a minor in Women & Justice Minor.

WJST-212  Ensure Justice Conference in Women's Studies  1 Credit  

Students are required to attend one conference sponsored by the Global Center for Women and Justice. A faculty member in the discipline covered by the conference theme will determine course work. May be repeated for credit.

WJST-345  Human Trafficking  3 Credits  

This courses addresses trafficking based on the U.S. State Department model of Prevention, Protection, and Prosecution. Explores how trafficking happens, why it happens, and what can be done about it. For students interested in combatting human trafficking, this course offers a better understanding of professional career choices, as well as volunteer opportunities. The course includes guest speakers with in-depth knowledge and experience in the field from law enforcement and victim services. Counts as elective toward Women & Justice Minor.

WJST-410  Research in Women's Studies  3 Credits  

This course is designed to assist the student in integrating the multi-faceted aspects of women's issues into a final paper. Working in cooperation with the professor, the student will design and methodically research and write a major paper that reflects an advanced understanding of women in the context of the chosen subject area. Papers from this class will be presented in a public colloquium toward the end of the semester and submitted for publication.

Prerequisite: WJST-110, WJST-212

WJST-420  Country Study Abroad: [topical Area]  3 Credits  

Country study abroad opportunities provide intensive examinations of human trafficking in specific countries. The course requires a brief survey of the region with a focus on contemporary human trafficking and slavery as well as a review of relevant causes of exploitation specific to nations. Course work will be completed online and with in-country practicum designed to reinforce learning objectives. This course may be repeated for credit in new contexts. Additional fees will be required.

WJST-430  Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children  3 Credits  

This course is an introduction to the study of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children. The course will be organized around Prevention, Early Intervention, and Recovery. Theories of child development, prevention, violence, trauma, stages of change and resiliency will be useful to individuals who plan careers in areas such as elementary and secondary education, social services, child welfare, and juvenile justice. A primary focus of this course will be to identify strategies for early intervention with at risk and vulnerable youth.

Prerequisite: WJST-345 or consent of instructor

WJST-435  Human Trafficking Aftercare  3 Credits  

Human Trafficking Aftercare is designed to help students examine the complex causes and holistic effects of human trafficking. In light of best practices, this course seeks to equip students with the knowledge needed to understand the holistic needs of human trafficking survivors as they begin their aftercare and restoration process. It will consider physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs in relation to culture, society, and trauma. This course will help students engage in best practices and tools used by leading practitioners in order to best serve and walk alongside human trafficking survivors as they move from crisis to self-sufficiency to thriving.

Prerequisite: WJST-345 or consent of instructor

WJST-440  Ethics & Human Trafficking  3 Credits  

This course will investigate ethical decision-making using the victim-centered, trauma-informed approach to human trafficking as a context. The course will explore how efforts to protect victims, prevent victimization, investigate and prosecute human traffickers and collaborate in multi-disciplinary task forces can be enhanced by recognizing significant ethical dilemmas occurring in the justice and victim services systems and addressing them directly, consistently and pragmatically. Students will learn how to identify ethical dilemmas and be provided with and apply ethical decision-making models in the context of biblical ethics and Christian virtues perspectives. Students will improve their ability to initially meet victims, perpetrators, colleagues and impacted agencies from their unique value systems, motivations and patterns of thinking and behaving.

Prerequisite: WJST-345 or consent of instructor

WJST-445  Labor Trafficking  3 Credits  

The issues around labor trafficking will be explored. Both domestic an international labor trafficking will be discussed. Topics examined will include the extent of the problem and its relation to other forms of human trafficking, prevention strategies, protection of victims, investigation and prosecution of cases, policies regarding labor trafficking, and partnerhips and collaborations impacting labor trafficking locally and globally.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

WJST-450  Global Center for Women and Justice Internship  1-3 Credits  

Students select an internship from the repertoire of projects the Global Center for Women and Justice is currently working on. Students may alternatively choose an externship with one of GCWJ's partner organizations. Students earn one course of credit for every 30 hours of interning. Course credit also requires short readings and reflection papers. Course may be repeated once. Student must have declared Women & Justince minor with Registrar's Office prior to registration.

WJST-452  Women's Studies Teaching Internship  1-3 Credits  

Regular hours each week for classes and/or meetings are established at the beginning of the semester. The intern will assist the instructor in course-related activities. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 units.

Prerequisite: WJST-110

WJST-455  Research Assistantship  1-3 Credits  

The undergraduate research assistantship engages students in original research projects of the faculty or student's own design. Its aim is to apply those skills learned in prior research design and methodology coursework and/or expand on these as appropriate to the student's skill set. The student assistant will be assigned to work on various steps of the research process from the formulation of the problem through the analysis of the data and preparation of the research report in written and/or oral formats. A research agenda will be developed with each student, which then becomes the guide for the class. Students will meet with instructor weekly to discuss findings and progress. May be repeated for credit up to 6 units.

Prerequisite: WMST-110

WJST-470  Special Topic:  3 Credits  

This course concentrates on a particular issue relevant to Women's Studies students such as gender theory, gender pedagogy, women's health, women and patriarchy, women in business, or motherhood. May be repeated for credit as new course topics are developed.

Prerequisite: WJST-110