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Amy C. Finnegan

Assistant Professor and JPST chair.
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.

Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

J-Term 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
JPST 250 - L01 Intro to Justice & Peace - T W R F - - 0900 - 1200 OEC 305

Days of Week:

- T W R F - -

Time of Day:

0900 - 1200

Location:

OEC 305

Course Registration Number:

10280 (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. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum.

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Spring 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
HONR 480 - 01 HONORS Seeking Meaning & Money - - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 MHC 211

Days of Week:

- - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

MHC 211

Course Registration Number:

21550 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

2 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Amy C. Finnegan, Christopher M. Michaelson

These interdisciplinary seminars are intended to develop integrating insights through an analysis of topics chosen from different disciplines. Often they are taught by two faculty members or by a visiting lecturer who holds one of the endowed chairs at the university.

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Location Time Day(s)
JPST 375 - D01 Conflict Analysis & Transform - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 OEC 212

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

OEC 212

Course Registration Number:

20878 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Amy C. Finnegan

An introduction to issues surrounding conflict and the resolution of conflict in today's world focusing primarily on its contextual manifestation at the international, regional and intrastate levels. The course will explore important structural, social and psychological explanations of conflict. Attention will be given to ethnic and nationalist themes surrounding conflicts and their resolution at the intrastate and international levels. The course will examine how different types of intervention affect conflicts (the media, force, other types of third party intervention). Effective methods that foster an environment conducive to resolving or managing disputes will be studied. As part of the final task, the course will critically study how institutions such as power-sharing arrangements, federalism, and the rule of law figure into establishing a lasting basis for peaceful co-existence. For Justice and Peace Studies majors doing a concentration in Conflict Transformation, the course will complement JPST 370 Conflict Mediation, but there are no prerequisites and the course is open to students in other majors.

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THEO 472 - W01 Theology and Public Health - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 MHC 211

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

MHC 211

Course Registration Number:

22640 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Amy C. Finnegan, Kimberly J. Vrudny

This course will explore the relationship between theology and the public health professions. "Public health" is a term that refers to the art and science of a society's efforts to prevent disease and to promote health and human thriving. Topics will include biblical, theological, ethical, sociological, and epidemiological approaches to gender and economic-based disparities in health care. Special attention will be given to the religious dimension of global responses to crises in public health. Focus of sections will vary depending on the expertise of the faculty. Prerequisites: Theo 101, a 200 or 300 level THEO course, and PHIL 115

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