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JUSTITIA

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justice, equity, rightness

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

Co-Directors: Dr. Ken Parker, Theology & Dr. Norm Conti, Sociology

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LEARNING

Fall 2018

Finding Religion in Prison (THEO 211C-01 -TR 10:50am-12:05pm), Dr. Ken Parker, Theology

This Inside-Out course explores the Christian identification of its founder, Jesus Christ, with those who are incarcerated and executed. The symbol of the Christian faith is the common Roman devise for the death penalty, the cross, and over the centuries Christian prison literature has become among the richest sources of inspiration for believers. From St. Paul to Martin Luther King, Jr., students will examine samples of this prison literature in order to understand better why believers seek to find Christ in the most unlikely of places: prisons and jails.

Intro. to Criminal Justice (SOCI 103C-01 - 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)

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.

COMMUNITY-ENGAGED LEARNING

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.