Classes

    Conflict Resolution in a Divided World (Gen Ed 1033)

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    Fall

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    2022

    From the interpersonal to the international, are we destined to live in a world of destructive conflict—or can we negotiate our way out?

     

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    Daniel Shapiro

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    How should we understand conflict in our own lives and in the world around us? At all levels of society, people tend to approach conflict as an adversarial battle—communities polarize, ethnopolitical groups clash, and nations and international institutions face daily political tensions.... Read more about Conflict Resolution in a Divided World (Gen Ed 1033)

    Classical Chinese Ethical and Political Theory (Gen Ed 1091)

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    Fall

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    2022

    What if many of our assumptions about the self and about how to live fully are limiting and even dangerous, and what other possibilities might we be able to find in classical Chinese philosophy?

     

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    Michael Puett

    What is the best way to live a fuller and more ethical life? Concretely what should we do to begin to live in a more flourishing and inspiring way? Questions such as these were at the heart of philosophical debates in China.... Read more about Classical Chinese Ethical and Political Theory (Gen Ed 1091)

    Making Change When Change Is Hard: the Law, Politics, and Policy of Social Change (Gen Ed 1102)

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    Fall

    Offered: 

    2022

    How does social change happen?


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    Cass Sunstein

    How does change happen? When, why, and how do people, and whole nations, come to together to influence large-scale policies and actions on issues like the environment, equality, criminal justice? Why do revolutions occur? This course will try to answer these questions, and do so by exploring a diversity of efforts related to societal change.... Read more about Making Change When Change Is Hard: the Law, Politics, and Policy of Social Change (Gen Ed 1102)

    The Political Economy of Globalization (Gen Ed 1120)

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    Fall

    Offered: 

    2022

    How can a globalizing world of differing countries – rich and poor, democratic and authoritarian – best promote inclusive growth and human security by meeting the challenges of inequality, climate change, rising populism, and global disease?

     

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    Lawrence Summers and Robert Lawrence

    Why is populism becoming pervasive - and is there a revolt against global integration? What is the right balance between national sovereignty and international integration? Is the US equipped to sustain its role as a global leader? How does international trade affect prosperity and inequality?... Read more about The Political Economy of Globalization (Gen Ed 1120)

    Race and Justice (Gen Ed 1146)

    Semester: 

    Fall

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    2022

    What is racial justice, and through what justifiable means might it be achieved in the United States?

     

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    Tommie Shelby

    We all agree that racism is wrong. Yet beneath this abstract consensus we find deep disagreements about what to do about it, and even about what racism is. We will address these questions by thinking about some very specific issues, drawing on work in philosophy, law, history, and the social sciences.... Read more about Race and Justice (Gen Ed 1146)

    Pluralism: Case Studies in American Diversity (Gen Ed 1166)

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    Fall

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    2022

    How does our society deal with religious, ethical, and cultural diversity, and what challenges do we face as people of different faith communities encounter one another in cities and public institutions, schools and businesses, neighborhoods and families?

     

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    Diana Eck

    Who do we mean when we say “we?” How does a society deal with religious, ethical, and cultural diversity? What challenges do we face as people of different communities encounter one another in cities and public institutions, schools and businesses, neighborhoods and families? These are urgent questions in many nations today, but in this course we focus on the United States.... Read more about Pluralism: Case Studies in American Diversity (Gen Ed 1166)

    Life and Death in the Anthropocene (Gen Ed 1174)

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    Fall

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    2022

    What does it mean for us -- both as a society and as individuals -- to live in a world radically remade by the human hand?

     

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    Naomi Oreskes

    In 2019, geologists voted to make the Anthropocene a time unit in the Geological Time scale. For scientists, this means that future geologists will be able to see the effects of human activities in the stratigraphic record and thereby distinguish this epoch from the ones that came before.... Read more about Life and Death in the Anthropocene (Gen Ed 1174)

    Meritocracy and Its Critics (Gen Ed 1181)

    Semester: 

    Fall

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    2022

    If a society achieved truly equal opportunity, so that everyone could rise as far as their effort and talent would take them, would it be a just society?

     

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    Michael Sandel

    Suppose a society achieved truly equal opportunity, so that everyone could rise as far as their effort and talent would take them. Would this be a just society? Would those on top deserve their success?... Read more about Meritocracy and Its Critics (Gen Ed 1181)

    Equity and Excellence in K12 American Schools (Gen Ed 1076)

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    Fall

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    2022

    How does the U.S. K12 education system reflect, reinforce, and reshape American society?

     

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    Katherine K. Merseth

    Each year, between September and June some 52 million students attend public schools in America.  But why?  Why do we have K-12 schools in America? What is their purpose? What we do expect schools to accomplish?  Headlines decrying the failed state of our nation’s schools and clarion calls for the improved quality and reach of American schooling in the 21st century are commonplace.... Read more about Equity and Excellence in K12 American Schools (Gen Ed 1076)

    Borders (Gen Ed 1140)

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    Fall

    Offered: 

    2022

    How have borders been formed historically, and what are the ethics of border construction, defense, expansion or transgression?

     

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    Mary Lewis

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    As a society, we pay particular attention to borders when incidents such as children separated from their asylum-seeking parents or tear-gas being used to deter entry throw the legal divide between two nation states into sharp relief. But seldom do we stop to think about what a border is, or when and why some borders are defended more aggressively than others. 

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