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SOCI 104 - Introduction to Social Justice Studies - Karith Meyers

Course:Introduction to Social Justice Studies
Professor:Karith Meyers
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


a picture of Karith Meyers in the white headband, 4th grade committee member to honor the work of MLK

Hello All! My name is Karith Meyers - a little about me, I was born in Schenectady, NY and at a young age came to California where I completed my higher education in the California Community College system, Cal State Channel Islands at CSUN, and earned my M.A. in Sociology at CSUN. My research interests have ranged from family law and Gothic Subculture to social inequalities and social problems in racism, gender inequality, classism, social stratification, and criminology, with a special interest in the prison industrial complex and mass incarceration. I have a 23-year old son who is a 'punk' drummer in three bands and a handsome 16-year old pug named Sherman. Recently, in my spare time I have enjoyed attending climate change and Black Lives Matter protests, practicing environmental sustainability, gardening, and catching my son's shows when they are local.

Course Description

This course introduces social justice theories and the historical and contemporary responses to inequality and injustice. the role of imbalances of power in society, social movements, culture, politics, and institutions will be discussed. The course also explores a broad range of issues including notions of inequality based on race, class, gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, and issues related to environmental and criminal justice and human rights. Same as ETHNST-104, Units: 3/00 UC:CSU

What to Expect in this Course

This course is completely online, 100% Asynchronous with no scheduled lecture meetings other than optional drop-in office hours. We will not meet in person! I recommend that students log in to no later than the first two days of this full term session to avoid being dropped as a 'no show' student. Participating in this online course requires access to reliable WIFI, a desktop or laptop computer, or another electronic device such as a tablet. Additionally, online courses offer quite a lot of freedom in when/where/how students participate, however, these courses are not easy and require the development of self-discipline, focus, and self-motivation to staying within the guidelines of the course -- in a sense, just like a job!

Types of Assessments

This course will feature quizzes, discussion forums, and a project. All assignment/test requirements will be delivered online in Canvas. 

Textbook Information

  1. This is an Open Education Resource course and there is no text purchase required. 
  2. Zero Cost Text available on the course Canvas, "Agenda for Social Justice; Solutions for 2020.
  3. All course readings and supporting materials are posted on Canvas in Weekly Modules. 

Other Relevant Course Information

This course is completely online and will be available in Canvas through the College of the Canyons website. We will not meet in person. Please log on to this course no later than the second day of the first week in this term to show that you are an active student in the course. If you have comments, questions, or concerns please contact me at 

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

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Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 08/20/2021 Sub#: 565