This course will explore what structural attributes are needed to make a community strong and sustainable. We will survey some influential social justice philosophies while asking if it is possible to plan for the equitable, sustainable well-being of the members of an urban community. How can these philosophies be practically applied in actual communities in a way that protects individual happiness, community values and environmental capital? We will examine real-world proposals for community planning that attempt to answer questions such as: How are the values of that community translated into a healthy development plan for that community? What factors must be considered in designing the infrastructure that underlies healthy neighborhoods and communities within the urban context?  The Kansas City metropolitan area will serve as our case study.


An introductory course in how to interact with others through the creation and perception of personal identities. Students will reflect on how they enact their own ideological, cultural, and contextual assumptions regarding their relational perceptions of self and others, while learning how to engage in constructive, authentic communication.


This is the Moodle site to support the faculty team developing CTI 150, "Identity & Society."

This course focuses on various expressions of inequity from sociological, economic, historical and psychological perspectives. Students will study various justice theories while experiencing application of community-based response to social problems. Service learning will be a component of this course, along with community asset-mapping (Interdisciplinary social science course). This course will concentrate on the central city neighborhoods in Kansas City.


Site to continue discussion of SS assessment