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RESC 098 11 CRN: 16521
Genocide: Injustice and Evil
Rabbi Serena Fujita, Jewish Life

Fulfills the following requirements:
Engineering Social Science, Writing Level 1

In response to the Holocaust, the newly formed United Nations adopted a resolution on January 9, 1948, entitled UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.  The first article of the Convention states "The Contracting Parties confirm that genocide, whether committed in time of peace or in time of war, is a crime under international law which they undertake to prevent and to punish." In this course you will explore the concepts of justice and evil as they pertain to genocide.  You will learn about Raphael Lemkin, a Polish Jewish scholar, who coined the term genocide, in 1944, and the debate over the definition and use of the word. You will study, through historical texts, essays and eyewitness accounts, about the causes and effects of 6 genocides, one pre-modern and 5 that took place in the 20th century.  You will compare and contrast the genocides and consider why so many have taken place in modern times.  You will also be asked to think about the issue of social justice, how the lack of social justice impacted the environment that allowed genocide and how genocide might be prevented in the future. As a second goal, you will be given the opportunity to advocate for change and to promote social justice through writing and speaking skills and through opportunities to engage in community service.

 

RESC 098 12 CRN: 15815
Change the World
Prof. David Kristjanson-Gural, Economics

Fulfills the following requirements:
Engineering Social Science, Writing Level 1

In this course, you will be invited to join an ongoing dialogue about how to make the world a better place. In order effectively to participate in this dialogue, you will need to become informed about theories and practices that underlie efforts to manifest social change. We will examine competing theories, by Robert Nozick, John Rawls, Amartya Sen and others of what justice means. We will then apply these perspectives to understand ways in which injustices, such as class exploitation, sexism, racism and homophobia, arise, are maintained, and how they might be addressed. Finally, you will be asked to critically examine the social movements that seek to eliminate these injustices in order, ultimately, to articulate your own position on how to change the world.

 

RESC 098 24 CRN: 17217
Questioning for the Common Good: Critical Thinking and Social Justice
Prof. Bill Flack, Psychology


Fulfills the Following Requirements:
Engineering Social Science, Writing Level 1

In this Foundation Seminar, we will consider what it means to think, write, and discuss critically ideas and activities related to issues of social justice. Thinking critically means questioning the way things are done, in order to improve them. Writing critically is a way to clarify our thinking and communicate it to others. Discussing our ideas and actions helps us all to learn from each other in ways that enrich our thinking, communication, and action. Although we will discuss a range of social justice issues, we will focus especially on those related to violence, victims, and survivors, both globally and locally. A weekly service-learning placement in a local organization devoted to serving survivors of violence is part of the course

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