Minor in Global Peace, Human Rights, and Justice Studies

College of Liberal & Creative Arts

Dean: Dr. Andrew Harris

Global Peace, Human Rights, and Justice Studies Program

Co-Coordinator: Karen Lovaas, Communication Studies
Humanities Building, Room 352
Phone: (415) 338–1713
   
Co-Coordinator: Mahmood Monshipouri, International Relations
Humanities Building, Room 280
Phone: (415) 338–2239

Program Scope

As its title demonstrates, the Global Peace, Human Rights, and Justice Studies Minor is closely aligned with the mission and core values of San Francisco State University. We live in a world fraught with warring and ecological devastation and threatened by the frequent failure of governmental and financial powers to fashion just and effective solutions. Yet there are historical and contemporary examples of individuals, groups, and countries working productively and creatively within and across national boundaries to stop violent conflicts, form affirmative alliances, and ensure that basic rights and freedoms are available to all.

Global Peace, Human Rights, and Justice Studies is an all-university, interdisciplinary minor in which students and faculty cooperatively study and explore the problems, issues, challenges, and opportunities to prevent war and to make this a more just, peaceable, and sustainable world.

Career Outlook

The Minor in Global Peace, Human Rights, and Justice Studies provides critical thinking, collaborative, and problem-solving skills relevant to students whatever their major course of study. These are the skills for analyzing and redressing the underlying roots of violence and injustice, including poverty, racism, sexism, heterosexism, cissexism, neoliberalism, imperialism, and environmental degradation. These are the skills that empower people to work more effectively to protect human rights and create systems of social justice.

Global Peace, Human Rights, and Justice Studies, Minor — 15-18 units

All coursework used to satisfy the requirements of the minor must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

Core Area 1: Introduction (3 units)

GPS/I R/PHIL 315Introduction to Global Peace Studies3

Core Area 2: Conflict Resolution (3-4 units)

Select one:
COMM 531Conflict Resolution4
COMM 543Dialogues Across Differences4
PLSI/I R 416Ethnicity and Nationalism4
PSY 547Social Conflict and Conflict Resolution3

Core Area 3: International Law and Organizations (3-4 units)

Select one:
C J 340/I R 341Comparative Criminal Justice4
C J 490Immigration, Criminalization, and Justice3
GPS/PHIL 375Peace Law and Human Rights in the U.S.3
I R 334International Organizations: New World Order4
PHIL 380Philosophy of Law3
WGS 534Gender and the Law3

Core Area 4: Philosophies of Peace and Non-Violence (3 units)

Select one:
HUM 366India's Gandhi3
JS 350Jewish Social Responsibility3
PHIL 435/I R 436Human Rights in Global Perspective3
PHIL 436Islamic Political Philosophy3
PHIL 502World Religions3

Electives (3-4 units)

Select 3-4 units on advisement:
ANTH 321Endangered Cultures3
BIOL 349Bioethics3
COMM 534Mediation Theory and Practice4
COMM 564Issues in Free Speech4
COMM 573The Rhetoric of Criminality and Punishment4
GPS/PHIL 375Peace Law and Human Rights in the U.S. (if not taken in the core)3
HIST/JS 317The Holocaust and Genocide3
HIST 428U.S. History in the Civil Rights Era, 1945-19803
HIST 464American Ethnic and Racial Relations to 18903
HIST 465American Ethnic and Racial Relations II: 1890-Present3
HUM 366India's Gandhi (if not taken in the core)3
I R 330World Law4
I R 334International Organizations: New World Order (if not taken in the core)4
I R 432Model United Nations (if not taken in the core)4
I R 459Refugees in Global Perspective4
I R/PLSI 544Women in the World4
JS 548/HIST 416The Jewish Sixties: A Journey Through The Social Protest Movements of the 1960s3
LABR/SOC 555Labor Rights in the Global Economy3
LTNS 430/C J 435Race, Crime, and Justice3
PHIL 435/I R 436Human Rights in Global Perspective (if not taken in the core)3
PLSI 552Individual Rights and the Constitution4
PSY 547Social Conflict and Conflict Resolution3
RRS 240All Power to the People: Comparative Freedom Movements of the "Sixties"3
SOC 461Ethnic Relations: International Comparisons4
USP 515/GEOG 667Environmental Justice: Race, Poverty, and the Environment4
WGS 536Gender, Globalization, and Women's Human Rights3
ANTH 699Independent Study (maximum of 3 units total)3
or COMM 699 Independent Study

The following electives are available for field study or internship on advisement:

I R 640Field Study in International Relations1-5
PHIL 680Field Project in Philosophy1-3
WGS 698Feminist Praxis and the Non-Profit Industrial Complex3

GPS 315 Introduction to Global Peace Studies (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: GE Areas A1*, A2*, A3*, and B4* all with grades of C- or better; one lower-division composition course; or permission of the instructor.

The field of peace studies and the integrative questions which must be answered to achieve a coherent perspective on world peace. National and international issues, the environment, philosophy, literature, arts, media, and education.
(This course is offered as GPS 315, I R 315, and PHIL 315. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Course Attributes:

  • UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Global Perspectives
  • Social Justice

GPS 375 Peace Law and Human Rights in the U.S. (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: GE Areas A1*, A2*, A3*, and B4* all with grades of C- or better; one lower-division composition course; or permission of the instructor.

Law of peace from the local to the international level; international treaties, covenants, statutes of Congress, legislatures, and city councils, criminal indictments, court affidavits, judges' opinions, jury instructions, and relevant articles.
(This course is offered as GPS 375 and PHIL 375. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Course Attributes:

  • UD-D: Social Sciences
  • Global Perspectives
  • Social Justice