2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin

AFR 320 Perspectives on Justice in the Africana World

3 hours 

This course explores questions and topics related to justice in the Africana world, and how conceptions and applications of justice are shaped by these societies. Each course section may examine different case studies both contemporary and historical, investigating the customs and traditions, policies, legal reforms, and political or social responses of Africana populations to justice issues. Possible topics include the role of violence in law and justice in Africa, post-colonial legal history in the Caribbean, justice traditions both formal and informal in the Africana world, and the history of human rights as seen from Africana perspectives. Special attention will be paid to the interplay between western and Africana conceptions of justice.




ENG 201 and junior standing or above


This course satisfies the John Jay College Option: Justice in Global Perspective (300-level) area of the Gen Ed Program.