Introduction to the Social Justice eReader

About this CUNY Pressbook publication

The John Jay College Justice eReader is a product of the Transforming the Justice Core Project, made possible through generous funding from the Teagle Foundation.

An interdisciplinary working group of scholars in the humanities, criminal justice and social sciences at John Jay identified Supreme Court cases of significance to a student body interested in social justice issues and their intersection with legal and criminal justice professions. With the cases as a foundation, the working group identified readings and media that facilitate students’ interpretation and analysis of the key themes and issues at stake in each case and developed new syllabi and assignments geared toward transfer students who have completed their associate degree. This text is organized by case and contains both original legal documents and a curated selected of Open Educational Resources that introduce perspectives and representations of the issues at stake in the cases. Instructors may also access sample syllabi, assignments, and course bibliographies to guide their own practice.

The eReader purposefully integrates humanities, liberal arts and social science perspectives to present a critical examination of Landmark Supreme Court cases alongside the ethical, social, legal and political questions and histories that inform them. Readers whose ambition is to serve their communities through public service, legal, law enforcement or other professions will develop their ability to reckon with the complex ethical and moral situation of the contemporary American justice system as a result of interaction with the Justice eReader.

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