PHIL 410 A: Social Philosophy

Meeting Time: 
TTh 10:30am - 12:20pm
Location: 
THO 334
SLN: 
18434
Instructor:
Carina Fourie
Carina Fourie

Syllabus Description:

Social Philosophy PHIL 410 A

Equality & racial injustice

Spring Term 2018: Tues & Thu 10.30am-12.20pm in THO 334

 

Instructor: Carina Fourie

Contact details: fourie@uw.edu

Office hours: Wed 3-5pm or by appointment, 389 Savery Hall

 

Course Description

This course explores social philosophy through contemporary theories and accounts of equality, inequality and racial injustice. We examine theories of oppression and intersectionality, the social construction of race, racial ignorance and innocence, police violence, reparations, and racial inequality in academia, against a backdrop of current and historical texts detailing racial injustices. Reading material will include the work of philosophers such as Kristie Dotson, Charles Mills and Falguni A. Sheth as well as social commentators and novelists such as James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Angie Thomas, and the work of South African antiapartheid activist Steve Biko. To be directed to a PDF of the full syllabus, click on the link below: 'For Students: Course Resources'.

 

Modules:

For Students: Course Resources

Week 1a - Introduction to the Course

Week 1b - Theories of Equality & Practices of Inequality

Week 2a - Theories of Equality & Practices of Inequality

Week 2b - Oppressions

Summary 1 - Taylor

Week 3a - Oppressions

Week 3b - The Construction of Race, Ethnicity & Identity

Week 4 - The Construction of Race, Ethnicity & Identity (continued)

Paper 1

Week 5 - Racial Innocence & Ignorance

Week 6a - Racial Innocence & Ignorance (continued)

Week 6b - State Coercion & Violence

Week 7a - State Coercion & Violence (continued)

Week 7b - Responses & Reparations

Opinion Piece - Being a good ally

Week 8 - Responses & Reparations (continued)

Week 9 - Responses & Reparations (continued)

Week 10 - Racial Inequality & Philosophy

Final Paper

 

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#BlackLivesMatter March on Seattle in solidarity with Baltimore and Freddie Gray on May. 9. (Photo by Jama Abdirahman)

 

Additional Details:

This course explores social philosophy through contemporary theories and experiences of equality, inequality and racial injustice. We will examine theories of oppression and intersectionality, the social construction of race, racial ignorance and innocence, police violence, reparations, and racial inequality in academia, against a backdrop of current and historical texts detailing racial injustices. Reading material will include the work of philosophers such as Kristie Dotson, Charles Mills and Falguni A. Sheth as well as social commentators and novelists such as James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Angie Thomas, and the work of South African antiapartheid activist Steve Biko. 

TEXT: No textbook required. Course materials will be available on Canvas.

Catalog Description: 
An examination of topics pertaining to social structures and institutions such as liberty, distributive justice, equality and race, and human rights.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Writing (W)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
October 17, 2018 - 9:09pm