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justice, equity, rightness

Search for truth and justice through evidence in the public sphere.

Co-Directors: Dr. Jeff McCurry, Philosophy & Dr. Norm Conti, Sociology

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Fall 2017

Basic Philosophical Questions (UCOR 132C -TR 10:50am-12:05pm), Dr. Jeff McCurry, Philosophy

This course aims to change our lives by reading, discussing, writing about, and even making music and art about issues of politics, justice, freedom, desire, civil disobedience, aggression, love, and crime and punishment. Great texts of western culture by Plato, Shakespeare, Thoreau, Nietzsche, Kafka, Martin Luther King, Jr., Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Toni Morrison, and others serve as our guides. Part of class will involve discussing these great philosophical and literary texts with incarcerated men at the State Correctional Institution--Pittsburgh on the North Shore.

Intro. to Criminal Justice (SOCI 103C - TR 9:25-10:40am), Dr. Norm Conti, Sociology

This course focuses on the various processing stages, practices, and personnel of the criminal justice system. This course examines the problem of crime in American society and the administrative responses to this issue. Both historical and contemporary components of the system including the police, the courts, and the corrections field, are explored. This course is designed to provide the student with a broad social psychological understanding of both the effects of crime on community structures and the challenges of the criminal justice system faces in responding to crime in our contemporary society. Part of our method for achieving as complete an understanding of the criminal justice system involves taking the course off the bluff and into the Allegheny County Jail.

Thinking & Writing across the Curriculum (UCOR 101C - MWF 9:00-9:50am), Chris Maverick, English

This is an extremely important course whose concepts students will draw upon throughout the rest of their college career. Not only will this class prepare students for the writing they will be required to do over the next four years, it will also prepare them to manage their time, read critically, produce work that meets a North American college level standard, and transition from high school to college. While the course will focus on familiarizing students with the aims of written discourse, this Justitia section will explicitly explore the functions of evidentiary-based writing, and how evaluative, analytical, and critical thinking skills relate to principles of social justice, food justice, public policy, and jurisprudence.


Dr. Conti teaching in the Allegheny County JailDr. Norman Conti teaching Introduction to Criminal Justice to "outside" (JUSTITIA) and "inside" (incarcerated) students

See photos and read testimonials of students from JUSTITIA about the classes they took alongside inmates in the Allegheny County Jail.