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Amy C. Finnegan

Associate Professor
Office
OEC 470
Phone
(651) 962-5421
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5421
Mail
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue Mail # 4059
St. Paul, MN 55105-1096

Dr. Amy Finnegan is a sociologist whose teaching and research interests include social movements and social change, peace and conflict, global health, human rights, medical sociology, globalization and health policy, service learning, and African studies. She is also the co-director of SocMed, a non-profit organization that advocates for and implements global health education in the pursuit of justice and equity through immersion courses in northern Uganda and now, Haiti.

As a program officer, researcher, activist, and teacher, Finnegan has been involved in work related to Uganda for the past 13 years. She has previously taught at the University of Minnesota-Rochester, Tufts University, Boston College, and Gulu University in Gulu, Uganda. She completed her Ph.D. from Boston College in 2011, where her dissertation focused on insider and outsider activist efforts for peace in northern Uganda. She has an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a BA in Political Science and Spanish from Washington University in St. Louis.

Finnegan succeeds Dr. Gerald W. Schlabach, Professor of Theology, who became Justice and Peace Studies program director in 2007. Schlabach led a process of strategic planning and curricular revision that transformed Justice and Peace Studies into a department in 2012. He will be on sabbatical in the coming academic year, working on a book on Catholic peace theology.

Summer 2020 Courses

Summer 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2020 Courses

Fall 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
JPST 250 - P1A Intro to Justice & Peace See Details * *

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Course Registration Number:

47787 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Amy C. Finnegan

Major aspects of world and local conflict, theories of social science relating to conflict and violence, and various proposals for solutions. Among the aspects of conflict studied are cultural differences, scarcity of resources, economic and social structures, international trade, the arms race, corruption, oppression and war. Proposed solutions assessed include development, structural changes, world governance, multinational agencies, military power, civilian-based defense, active nonviolence for social change, conflict resolution, disarmament, cultural exchange, religious revival and prayer. These topics are considered in the light of theory, history, and literature. Students apply these concepts by investigating one country or geographic area in depth through a semester long research project. Usually offered every semester.

Schedule Details

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1330-1510- T - - - - -
OEC 3051330-1510- - - R - - -
JPST 250 - PL1 Intro to Justice & Peace See Details * *

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Course Registration Number:

44490 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Amy C. Finnegan

Major aspects of world and local conflict, theories of social science relating to conflict and violence, and various proposals for solutions. Among the aspects of conflict studied are cultural differences, scarcity of resources, economic and social structures, international trade, the arms race, corruption, oppression and war. Proposed solutions assessed include development, structural changes, world governance, multinational agencies, military power, civilian-based defense, active nonviolence for social change, conflict resolution, disarmament, cultural exchange, religious revival and prayer. These topics are considered in the light of theory, history, and literature. Students apply these concepts by investigating one country or geographic area in depth through a semester long research project. Usually offered every semester.

Schedule Details

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OEC 3051330-1510- T - - - - -
1330-1510- - - R - - -
JPST 275 - D01 Qualitative Methods See Details * *

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Course Registration Number:

46849 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Amy C. Finnegan

This course introduces students to qualitative research theories, methods, and techniques focused on representing voices of women, people of color, people in poverty and others that are marginalized or excluded from dominant culture. Specifically, students will gain familiarity with the qualitative social science methods of interviews, ethnography, documentary research, and focus groups. Throughout the course, students will be guided through the process of designing and conducting their own unique research projects meanwhile learning from ongoing research with their instructors and partner organizations. In addition to training in data collection techniques, analysis, and varied epistemologies, the course thoroughly explores the ethics of research with marginalized communities and the ways in which research can and does relate to social change. Together, participants in this course will co-create a teaching/learning community wherein we all critically analyze and respectfully value each person’s individual and particular contributions as well as our diverse understandings of social reality and how we position ourselves in the multiple worlds in which we live and work.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
OEC 3051525-1700M - - - - - -
1525-1700- - W - - - -
JPST 275 - D1A Qualitative Methods See Details * *

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Course Registration Number:

47759 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Amy C. Finnegan

This course introduces students to qualitative research theories, methods, and techniques focused on representing voices of women, people of color, people in poverty and others that are marginalized or excluded from dominant culture. Specifically, students will gain familiarity with the qualitative social science methods of interviews, ethnography, documentary research, and focus groups. Throughout the course, students will be guided through the process of designing and conducting their own unique research projects meanwhile learning from ongoing research with their instructors and partner organizations. In addition to training in data collection techniques, analysis, and varied epistemologies, the course thoroughly explores the ethics of research with marginalized communities and the ways in which research can and does relate to social change. Together, participants in this course will co-create a teaching/learning community wherein we all critically analyze and respectfully value each person’s individual and particular contributions as well as our diverse understandings of social reality and how we position ourselves in the multiple worlds in which we live and work.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
1525-1700M - - - - - -
OEC 3051525-1700- - W - - - -
JPST 473 - 01 Vocational Internship Seminar See Details * *

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Course Registration Number:

44162 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Amy C. Finnegan

Students are required to take this seminar during the semester they are doing an internship of 7-10 hrs/wk. The seminar meets three times (at the beginning, middle, and end of the semester), to provide opportunities for those engaged in individual placements to get peer support for their discernment process. At its core is a reflective process designed to lead students to: a deeper understanding of the practical means of working for social change; an evaluation of their internship experience (both in terms of gaining a deeper understanding of their own vocation and a better understanding of the type of institutions they are working with); and applying these insights to future course work and career planning.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
OEC 2101730-190014 Sep '20
OEC 2101730-190005 Oct '20
OEC 2101730-190026 Oct '20
OEC 2101730-190016 Nov '20
OEC 2101730-190007 Dec '20

J-Term 2021 Courses

J-Term 2021 Courses
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