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Justice and Civil Society

The Jepson School’s Justice and Civil Society course explores the meaning and practice of justice in contemporary society and gives students an opportunity to apply what they have learned. Students read about and debate theories of justice and study poverty and other socio-economic problems and then serve populations in need by volunteering in nonprofit organizations throughout Greater Richmond.  

Some students complete social observations and do a police ride-along with officers in one of the four precincts in the Richmond Police Department, go on field trips, or attend a court session at the Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Organizations that students work with during the course include homeless shelters, health care organizations, local schools, and community-development organizations.

The course is open to all students at the University and is required for leadership studies majors and minors and Bonner Scholars. The community-based learning component of the course requires students to critically reflect on their unique experiences.

Many students say the course is one of the most meaningful of their academic career.

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Dr. Kerstin Soderlund
Assoc. Dean for Student & External Affairs
Room 123, Jepson Hall 
Office: (804) 287-6082
Fax: (804) 287-6062
E-mail: ksoderlu@richmond.edu
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