Past Courses

See a list of courses related to the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life that have been offered over the years.

Read details of courses offered in spring 2011.

Read details of courses offered in fall 2012.

Spring 2013 Courses


Supported by the Ethics Center

Advocacy for Policy Change

LGLS 161b – Advocacy for Policy Change
Instructor: Melissa Stimell
Time: Tuesdays and Fridays, 11:00 AM to 12:20 PM

This is an experiential learning course. This hands-on course invites students to address concrete social problems through public policy reform. It provides background in theories, advocacy skills, networks, and key players that drive the legislative process. Focusing on policy change at the statehouse level, students engage with elected officials and community organizations to advance key legislation affecting social welfare, health, education, and economic justice. Usually offered every year.

There are no prerequisites. This course is open to all undergraduates, but requires a registration code. Interested students should email the Legal Studies Program administrator at nfeldman@brandeis.edu for the registration code before early registration.

Priority is given to juniors and seniors and those students majoring or minoring in Politics, Legal Studies and Social Justice and Social Policy. This course can satisfy the internship requirement for Legal Studies, HSSP, and SJSP. Students can contact Professor Stimell with additional questions at stimell@brandeis.edu.

Read "Advocacy for Policy Change" – the anthology from the Spring 2012 session [PDF]

LGLS 123b – Immigration and Human Rights
Instructor: Doug Smith
Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:00 PM to 6:20 PM

This invites students to examine American immigration policy within the context of international human rights treaties and global practices. Students engage in practical exercises highlighting social and cultural controversies surrounding notions of refugee status and asylum seeking. This course also offers the opportunity to explore tensions between domestic policies and international law in guiding and shaping immigration reform.

There are no prerequisites. This course is open to all undergraduates.

Acting Together panel discussion

Panel discussion following the September 2010 screening of "Acting Together" in New York City

PAX 250 – The Arts of Building Peace
Instructor: Cynthia Cohen
Time: Wednesdays, 9:00am to 11:50am

Through analysis of case studies, interviews with socially engaged artists, critical reflections on works of art and student projects, this course explores how cultural productions contribute to non-violent resistance, the re-humanization of former enemies, and reconciliation. There will be an emphasis on performance and visual arts.

There are no prerequisites. This course is open to both graduates and undergraduates, but undergraduates are required to fill out the add/drop form from the registrar's office, which they should bring to Naoe Suzuki, in room 327 of the Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex (across the street from the Heller School.) Graduate students may register online. 

Also of interest:

EL 94a  – Immigrant Support Services Practicum (ISSP)
Instructor: Marci McPhee, Associate Director, International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life; Peer Assistant: Alex Glomset '14
Time: Thursdays, 1:00 pM - 1:50 PM

This is a 2-credit course that may be taken in conjunction with a base course, which changes each semester (the Spring 2013 base course will be Introduction to International and Global Studies [IGS 10a]). This supplemental practicum is designed to provide students with hands-on experience with community work and applying some of the frameworks and analysis methods they are learning about in the base course. The practicum is also intended to provide students with an opportunity to realize a social justice aim by collaborating with an organization that is addressing needs of immigrants, and other social justice/social policy issues of interest to the student.

Students spend 3 hours a week in the community working with an organization that supports immigrants in some way, and 1 hour a week in class reflecting upon the experience and integrating it with the learning in the base course.

LGLS 127b – International Economic Law
Instructor: Guive Mirfendereski
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30 PM to 4:50 PM

Pre-requisites: Econ 2a or Econ 10a or consent of instructor.