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Transforming Ourselves, Transforming the WorldJustice in Jesuit Higher Education$
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Mary Beth Combs and Patricia Ruggiano Schmidt

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823254309

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823254309.001.0001

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Adopting the Mission of Social Justice in a Political Science Department

Adopting the Mission of Social Justice in a Political Science Department

(p.89) 5 Adopting the Mission of Social Justice in a Political Science Department
Transforming Ourselves, Transforming the World

John F. Freie

Susan M. Behuniak

Fordham University Press

Freie and Behuniak detail the process that the political science department at LeMoyne College underwent to transform the departmental curriculum so that the departmental mission supported the Jesuit commitment to educate students about social justice issues by not simply informing them, but by encouraging them to act to transform themselves and their world. In the process of changing the departmental curriculum, the members of the department realized that they also would have to weigh if not actually confront a variety of factors: student culture, other academic departments, the college core, and the entire administrative organization. Transformative change, they discovered, implicates the very institution itself. The result of their efforts led the department to develop new, course content, pedagogies, requirements, and student programming that have noticeably moved away from disjointed individual endeavors toward a shared mission underpinned by Jesuit educational philosophy.

Keywords:   LeMoyne College, Curriculum, Jesuits, Social justice, Education

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