February 25, 2021 at 5:03 pm

Summer 2021 | M.A. in Law, Justice & Culture Announces Online Course Offerings

The Center for Law, Justice & Culture has announced its law-related online graduate course offerings for summer 2021.

  • View the course offerings.
  • Summer registration is open.
  • Summer eCampus course offerings are all asynchronous seven-week (condensed) courses.
  • They are offered during the first summer session (May 10 to June 26) or the second session (June 28 to Aug.  14).

The M.A. in Law, Justice & Culture—which focuses on critical analysis of law in relation to society, culture, politics and power—is currently accepting applications to begin the eCampus program in both summer and fall semesters.

  • The deadline to begin the eCampus program in summer 2021 is April 15.
  • The deadline to begin the eCampus program in fall 2021 is July 15.

AAS 5900: Special Topics in African American Studies: Black Men and Masculinities (first session)
Dr. Bayyinah Jeffries

Black Men and Masculinities explores the history and representations of black manhood in the United States and pays particular attention to the ways in which masculinity has been and continues to be characterized through the paradigms of race, gender, sexuality, and social class. Through a combination of lectures, books, short readings, films, and other sources we will investigate the complex and dynamic experiences of African American men in the United States from the 17th century to present. Moreover, we will probe how African American men have addressed social, familial, economic, and political issues while seeking to define their own identities. Graduate students enrolled in the course will be assigned additional readings and assignments.

ANTH 5620: Human Rights, Law and Justice (second session)
Dr. Haley Duschinski

ANTH 5620 applies anthropological perspectives to issues of human rights and the law, with special attention to the politics of truth, justice, and reconciliation in post-conflict and democratizing countries. Starting with the Nuremberg trials and moving to contemporary conflict and post-conflict situations, the course looks at how various communities of people imagine the meanings, possibilities, and complications of human rights, law and justice in particular cultural contexts, and at particular historical moments. Through the course, students examine particular cases from different world regions — Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Asia — to consider some of the questions facing countries that are emerging from periods of significant human rights violations, including how to attribute responsibility and guilt, how to deal with perpetrators, and how to provide proper redress to victims. ANTH 5620 adopts an interdisciplinary social science perspective, examining literature, memoirs, films, ethnographies, and oral histories as various modes of representing international justice in context, including international courts and tribunals, as well as truth commissions, memorialization projects, reparations programs, and other transitional mechanisms. As we consider these questions, we will pay special attention to the ways in which anthropology, in particular, has contributed to the theoretical and practical concerns of human rights and justice movements in the world today. This course is designed to help students understand the theoretical and methodological issues relating to issues of human rights, law and justice in the contemporary world. It is grounded in a “law and society” liberal arts perspective that considers the social and cultural production of law in particular contexts, focusing specifically on international justice interventions.

HIST 5270: Slavery in the Americas (second session)
Dr. Mariana Dantas

HIST 5270 examines the lives and experiences of slaves of African origin and descent as revealed by themselves in slave accounts and other documents. It explores, in a comparative perspective, African and Afro-American agency and identity in various New World societies.

HIST 5452: Southeast Asia, 1945 to the Present:The Search for Stability (second session)
Dr. Alec Holcombe

HIST 5452 covers the great national revolutions of the 1940s, the social and cultural context of nationalism and revolt, the search for new political forms, and struggle against disunity and poverty. This is a history course that examines themes strongly associated with Ohio University’s Center for Law, Justice, and Culture. As Southeast Asian nations gained their independence after WWII, their leaders and people faced challenging questions. Should compatriots who had collaborated with the Japanese during WWII be tried and punished? Should colonial legal institutions of yesterday be adopted for today’s independent state? How should national culture be defined? How should independence-minded ethnic minorities be handled? In the course, we will explore these and other questions concerning law, justice, and culture in the postcolonial world of Southeast Asia.

POLS 5570: National Security in the Contemporary Era (first session)
Dr. Nukhet Sandal

POLS 5570 introduces the concepts and problems of attaining international “security” in the contemporary global landscape. It provides an overview of the traditional and new sources for insecurity and explores the consequences of states’ quests for security in the contemporary era. Topics include Cybersecurity; Terrorism and Counterterrorism; Weapons of Mass Destruction; International Competition for Power; China and Russia in the Global System; Institutional Infrastructure of U.S. National Security Decision Making; Homeland Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection; International Crime Networks, with a flexibility for students to focus on their topics of interest for their final assignment. LJC students will find the course of interest because the course also studies the relevant legal, institutional and cultural frameworks as they pertain to national security.

SOC 6030: Seminar in Crime and Deviance (first session)
Dr. Bruce Hoffman

SOC 6030 is a graduate-level survey of the field of criminology. Using a sociological perspective, we will explore the many ways social scientists approach crime and deviance, as well as how their theories and findings are shaped and employed by others–often in subtle, surprising, and unanticipated ways! Drawing from exemplary books, articles, films, and other resources, the course is designed to give you a rich understanding of crime and criminology and to provide a solid foundation for examination questions in the areas of crime, law, and justice.

Please contact CLJC MA Director Haley Duschinski for more information about the program.

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