Become part of a community of students who care deeply about the world, have a desire to grow and meet their full potential, and are excited to delve into tough issues affecting us all. Reflective thinking, courageous dialogue and affirming finger-snapping included! 

As a member of the Social Justice LLC, you will take a one-hour seminar designed to introduce interdisciplinary perspectives on social justice. You will also select another course to delve more deeply into the social justice theme. These courses (FSTY 1320), which are taught by some of the most accomplished professors at St. Edward’s, represent a variety of majors across the university. To learn more, connect with us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

“Austin has endless opportunities to get involved in change, but it's important to be familiar with the environment we're working with. More than anything, the Social Justice LLC has encouraged me to be aware and active in my world. It's a supportive community that continually challenges me to see other perspectives and understand the complexities of our world.” — former Social Justice LLC member

Apply to the Social Justice LLC

When filling out the online housing application, select a room in Hunt/Le Mans on the 4th floor or a room between 302 and 342. Social Justice LLC STEM majors must select a room between 443 and 464 in Hunt Hall.

Fall 2017 Courses

Social Justice LLC Seminar

For all Social Justice LLC students
Faculty member teaching this course: Kris Sloan, PhD

The Social Justice LLC seminar will seek to bring to students a broad, interdisciplinary vision of social justice that recognizes the need to fight against unequal distributions of wealth, opportunities and privileges within a society. More specifically, this vision of social justice can include, but is not limited to, analyses of systematic racism, sexism, heterosexism, colonization, investigations of socioeconomic disparities and their implications on health, the environment, and standards of living, and examinations of cultural oppressions that take place in society and through societal and cultural institutions. The seminar will serve as the central hub for all Social Justice LLC activities; activities which include: community service learning, extra- and co-curricular events, cross-disciplinary engagements with social justice and community building activities for those in the Social Justice LLC.

School, Education and Society

Faculty member teaching this course: Arcelia Hernandez, PhD

The American experience has varied with the gender, race, ethnicity and social class of the person. The purpose of this course is to examine this diversity in experience throughout the country’s education history, examining the struggles, achievements and perspectives of marginalized groups in the U.S. history with a focus on the historical, philosophical and sociological foundations of public and private schooling. Individual and group experiences will be placed within the social, economic and political context of various eras. The course will also examine the role in these histories of the ideals and values of traditional U.S. civic culture, such as liberty, equality, and human rights. The overall goal of this course is to develop historical understanding of the problems and strengths inherent in our pluralistic society, particularly as these relate to education. 

Personal Finance/Social Responsibility

Faculty member teaching this course: Camelia Rotaru, PhD

This course introduces students to the personal financial management skills needed to make ethical individual and business decisions. Topics covered include time value of money, budgeting, tax planning, consumer credit, spending decisions, insurance, investment selection and retirement planning. Consideration is given to how individual’s finances are impacted by business and government practices. Sustainable investing practices are discussed, and emphasis is placed on individual due diligence for corporate social responsibility and human rights. 

Human Rights in Latin America

Faculty member teaching this course: Georgia Seminet, PhD

This course will examine the historical legacy of violations of basic human rights in Latin America from a historical perspective. The diverse populations of this region have experienced human rights violations from both ends of the ideological spectrum: from authoritarian state regimes as well as from revolutionary groups dissatisfied with the status quo. The course will employ a cultural studies focus as it introduces students to the societies of Spanish-speaking Latin America using a wide range of primary and secondary texts, including film, and from a variety of disciplines (literature, history, social sciences). The broad range of readings will allow students to explore the historical origins of contemporary issues of social inequalities. The most prominent topics to be explored include indigenous rights, military and authoritarian abuses, violence in the cities, gender issues, migration and neoliberalism. Finally, students will be engaged in the Austin community as volunteers in local organizations that support immigrants fleeing violence or poverty, and/or seeking asylum in the U.S. 

Masculinity, Power, Privilege

Faculty member teaching this course: Adam McCormick, PhD

This course is designed to deconstruct toxic masculinities in an attempt to reconstruct healthier and more inclusive notions of masculinity. Students will look beyond the traditionally constructed concepts of “straight” and “gay,” “male” and “female” to consider more complex approaches to the socialization of masculinity. Specific attention will be given to social problems and conflicts associated with the negotiation of masculine identities (sexual assault, homophobia, mass violence, family violence, mental health stigma, racism, mass incarceration, substance abuse, etc). This course will also explore the impact that social class, race and sexual orientation can have on masculine experiences. 

Art and Activism: Reclaiming, Space, Place and Identity

Faculty member teaching this course: Tammie Rubin

Artists create works of art that awe, provoke and mirror the varied aspects of society. During this class students will examine visual artists whose works collide with activism, encouraging engagement in social justice inquiry. This can mean traditional genres such as painting, sculpture, photography or installation, but also murals, video, performance and social practice. Viewing contemporary examples of artistic activism, students will analyze how art has been employed to raise awareness, promote inclusiveness, build community and provide cultural critique. Through lectures, discussions, readings, studio projects and invited speakers, students will begin to understand the terminology, genres, and practices of contemporary artists involved in activism. Some of the artists and institutions to be discussed: Tania Bruguera, Project Row House, Hank Thomas Williams, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Theaster Gates, Barbara Kruger, Ai Wei Wei, Banksy, the Guerrilla Girls, and JR.