JUPS: One Credit Modules

The JUPS (200 level) Modules are one credit classes that provide an opportunity for students to select topics based on emerging themes and trends in the field of Justice and Peace Studies. Course content aim to integrate academic learning, scholarly research with practical skills training in intensive workshop style setting. Students may take up to 6 of these courses in total, three of which will count towards JUPS 303 and degree completition. These courses can be designed to be bundled together in groups of three courses per semester or spread out or alternatively the courses may be taken as separate, one-credit courses throughout the academic year (i.e. one in the fall, two in the spring) and bundled into a three-credit course after the completion of the last module. The courses compliment the substantive theoretical aspects of our academic curriculum with tangible skillsets applicable to the field of Justice and Peace Studies.

How do I register for these classes?

  • Explore schedule of classes listed as JUPS-200 series.
  • Register as you would register for other courses.
  • Each skills class is 1 credit and designed to be bundled as a three-credit class to count as a JUPS Elective.
Past JUPS Module Descriptions


History has shown that stories are inextricably linked to what it means to be human. Before there was formal communication, there were stories--on cave paintings, within ancient temples, and passed down verbally from every culture and generation our world has known. It should come as no surprise, then, that individuals, groups, and organizations looking to advance justice and peace should utilize storytelling as a key tool to drive influence and social action. This course will teach students how to create--and then practice telling--strategic stories that spark action in order to advance the issues they care about most. Upon course completion, students will have created a working portfolio of the key stories every change leader must know how to deliver while also reflecting upon topics like the ethics of storytelling, how storytelling will evolve in the future, and which story archetypes frame their own thinking. 


This course takes an empathy-based and trauma-sensitive approach to engaging in conversation, mediating disputes, or facilitating group dialogue that is emotionally-charged and divisive. Participants will learn principles, techniques, and skills for building relationships, creating shared understanding, and cultivating collaborative problem solving. Using interactive learning, role plays, case studies and participant reflections we will learn skills in facilitating dialogues. 


The power of social media as a tool for communication and advocacy lies in individuals participating as citizens journalists and making their voices heard. These voices may be ones that would have otherwise been invisible or silenced. In the last few years, social justice movements have been strong thanks to many successful social media campaigns. The key to a successful social media campaign relies on many factors including the use of semiotic resources and more importantly a strategy. In this course, students will explore different social justice campaigns and utilizing skills learned work towards putting together their own social media project for advancing peace and justice. 

JUPS 242: Nonviolent Communication

The objective is to equip students with the skill of compassionate communication, which clarifies feelings and makes concrete requests based on needs. Students will draw from their experience and learn basic theories of nonviolent communication. They will role-play various situations to practice this skill, as they also test, refine, and even develop theory. Students will track and assess their use of nonviolent communication in a personal conflict.

JUPS 244: Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice is a community-based philosophy and approach to preventing and responding to harm with roots in indigenous traditions. It involves facilitated group processes that emphasize accountability through shared understanding and repairing the harm done. It has been used successfully in many contexts, including school and juvenile justice systems. This course is intended to introduce participants to the restorative justice movement, as well as to support participants in learning and integrating key concepts, tools, and skills related to restorative justice through an experiential, interactive, and self-reflective approach. Participants will be asked to think about the role of Restorative Justice in the modern US social context, as well as in their own personal lives.

JUPS 246: Moral Leadership

Leadership is not about serving one's personal needs and interests; rather, true leadership is about "men and women in service of others," which is a primary educational objective of the Jesuits. This course will focus on the application of servant leadership and moral leadership, and in particular on the personal characteristics and attributes associated with moral leadership. A leader's core and conviction determines whether the leader lives by a set of moral principles and values. This course will focus on cultivating a moral compass to determine the way you live your life and lead.