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A featured course of the College of Arts and Sciences

Social Justice in Film

Social Justice in Film (SJ 310) is a dynamic, peer-led elective that exposes students to social justice through the medium of classic film. Evenly split between Hollywood and foreign films, the course covers one film per week, each with one or more social themes. Designed and overseen by Professor Robert Hauhart this course offers students the unique opportunity to conduct at least one class per semester where they deliver a 10-12 minute post-film presentation of the filmmakers and why they made the film and moderate the following class discussion

Consistently well-received, this lively course offers an exciting and safe venue for the exchange of ideas and sharing of diverse points of view.

Films include such classics as:


Tam Dinh
Irina Gendelman
Robert Hauhart
John Hopkins
David Price
Katya Shkurkin
Roger Snider

Contact information

Robert Hauhart

Social Justice Program (minor)

Department overviewCommunication studies (M., m.) Community services (M.)Community services and social work internshipsCriminal justice (M., m.)Legal studies (m.)Social justice (m.)Social work (M.)Sociology and Cultural Anthropology (M., m.)Women's studies (m.)Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series

What is the Social Justice Program?

The Social Justice Program at Saint Martin’s University explores the complex nature of social justice and alternative venues that foster justice.

Why study social justice at Saint Martin's?

While criminal justice and legal studies are the official systems for justice in the United States the outcomes from those systems are not always just. Students experience this at a young age as justice and injustice play out in their own lives. At Saint Martin’s they are given the tools to communicate with others about justice and are inspired to seek out others like themselves who desire to think about justice in a wider way.

A complement to other academic programs at Saint Martin’s, the social justice minor fits hand-in-glove with religious studies, sociology, social work, criminal justice and legal studies, adding value to the students’ academic experience.

What can I do with this minor?

The program follows the best Liberal Arts tradition encouraging students to work toward social justice no matter what they will be doing for a living

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What is required?

  • Nine semester hours of required courses
    • SJ 110/SOC 110 Introduction to Social Justice
    • SOC 333 Women, Culture and Society
    • CJ 430/PLS 430 Constitutional Safeguards and Individual Liberties
  • 12 semester hours of approved elective courses such as:
    • SJ 310 Social Justice in Film
    • HIS 319 United States Working Class History

NOTE: Electives may include up to six semester hours of internship credit.

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of social justice minor courses and requirements.

All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

Related fields of study

Religious studies (M., m.) | Sociology and cultural anthropology (M., m.) | Social Work (M.) | Criminal justice (M., m.) | Legal studies (m.)

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