Social justice is the movement towards a more socially-just world through the actions of a group of individuals working together to achieve its goals. This course gives students the foundational skills to understand the breadth and depth of social justice; an opportunity to expand their awareness of oppression; and the chance to explore notions of social justice using a theoretical framework. It will introduce students to key thinkers, ideas and activists, as well as debates on topics such as poverty, racism, colonization, and the rights of indigenous peoples. Finally, it will examine various social movements that have led to changes in society and the skills needed to work for social change.
Instructor: Thomas Nowlin, M.Div.
Class meetings: Wednesdays 8:30 PM ET
Nussbaum, Martha. 2011. Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach. Boston: Harvard University Press.
Sandel, Michael. 2009. Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.
Fulfills: This class meets the requirements for an Area III course.