Fred Glennon, Ph.D.
Professor  (RH 216)
Department of Religious Studies
Le Moyne College
Syracuse, New York 13214
(315) 445-4343

REL 405

Course Schedule

 

Date

Class Modules and Topics (for all Assignments see Canvas)

Module 1

The Learning Covenant

1/21

Introductions

1/26

Introductions (cont.)

·        Read Social Justice Action Project Description, Syllabus, and Learning Covenant materials on Canvas (http://Canvas.lemoyne.edu/)

·         Fred Glennon, "Experiential Learning and Social Justice Action," Teaching Theology and Religion (on Canvas) (Skim this essay to get a sense of what I am attempting to do in this class.)  

1/28

The Evolution of Morality

·         Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind, excerpts of chapters 1-3, and chapter 4 (on Canvas).

Module 2

The Nature of Oppression and Our Complicity

2/2

Understanding Oppression

  • Group 1:  Marilyn Frye, "Oppression;" Eleanor Haney, "Understanding Structures of Oppression" (on Canvas) 
  • Group 2:  Karen Lebacqz, "Rupture: The Reign of Injustice," in Justice in an Unjust World, ch. 1 (on Canvas)
  • Group 3:  Iris Young, "Five Faces of Oppression," in The Politics of Difference, ch. 2. (on Canvas)
  • Group 4:  Paolo FreirePedagogy of the Oppressed, chap. 1 (on Canvas)

2/4

Internalizing Oppression

  • Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye (start reading)

2/9

Interstructuring Oppression

  • Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye (finish reading—see Canvas for questions to answer)

2/11

Class, Inequality, and Economic Insecurity

 

·         David Shipler, The Working Poor, 3-38

 

2/16

Case Study:  The Working Poor

 

·      David Shipler, The Working Poor

-   Group 1:  pp. 39-76

-   Group 2:  pp. 77-95

-   Group 3:  pp. 96-120

-   Group 4:  pp. 121-141

-   Group 5:  pp. 142-173

 

2/18

Case Study:  The Working Poor (cont.)

  • David Shipler, The Working Poor

-   Group 1:  pp. 174-200

-   Group 2:  pp. 201-230

-   Group 3:  pp. 231-253

-   Group 4:  pp. 254-284

-   Group 5:  pp. 285-300

2/23

Understanding Our Complicity in Oppression

  • Group 1:  Mary Hobgood, "Dismantling Whiteness," from Dismantling Privilege, chap. 2 (on Canvas)
  • Group 2:  Beverly Tatum, "Defining Racism," from Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting in the Cafeteria Together? (on Canvas)
  • Group 3:  Peggy McIntosh, "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack;"Gloria Steinem, “If Men Could Menstruate” (on Canvas)
  • Group 4:  Robert Allen Warrior, "Canaanites, Cowboys, and Indians," (on Canvas) 

Module 3

Traditional Conceptions of Social Justice

2/25

Social Justice:  Utility

  • Lebacqz, Six Theories of Justice, 9-32

Supplemental

3/2

Social Justice:  Contract Response

·         Lebacqz, Six Theories of Justice, 33-50

Supplemental

·         John Rawls, “Justice as Fairness” Philosophical Review Vol. LXVII. 1958 (on Canvas)

3/4

Social Justice:  Common Good

·         Michael Sandel, “Justice and the Common Good,” (on Canvas)

3/9-13

Spring Break (No classes)

3/16

Social Justice: Catholic View

·         Lebacqz, Six Theories of Justice, 66-82

Supplemental

·         U.S. Catholic Bishops, Economic Justice for All (excerpts) (on Canvas)

Module 4

Rethinking Social Justice and Poverty from the Margins

3/18

Social Justice from the Margins

Hispanic: 

·         Miguel De La Torre, "The Liberation of Ethics," in Doing Christian Ethics from the Margins (57-69) (on Canvas).

African-American:

·         James Cone, “Theology, the Bible, the Poor” (on Canvas)

3/23

Social Justice from the Margins

Feminist: 

·         Susan Moller Okin, “Conclusion:  Toward a Humanist Justice,” from Justice, Gender, and the Family (on Canvas)

·         Beverly Harrison, “Dream of a Common Language:  Toward a Normative Theory of Justice in Christian Ethics” (on Canvas)

Liberationist:

·         Lebacqz, Six Theories of Justice, 100-115

3/25

Gay/Lesbian: 

·         Marvin Harrison, “Reveling in an Erotic Spirituality of Justice,” from Erotic Justice, 114-122 (on Canvas)

Native American:

·         George Tinker, "Spirituality, Native American Personhood" (on Canvas)

3/30

Review and Summary of Perspectives on Justice

4/1

Rethinking Approaches to Poverty and Working Poor

·         Comparisons of Capabilities Approaches of Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum (on Canvas)

4/6

Easter Break (no class)

Module 5

Doing Justice:  Student Presentations

4/8

Doing Justice

·         Case Study:  United Students Against Sweatshops (on Canvas)

4/13

·         Case Studies:  Racial Profiling and Criminal Justice (on Canvas)

4/15

·         Case Study:  Moral Injury (on Canvas)

Student Presentations

4/20

Homeless Issues

·         Mike Chambers, Sam Yaro, Eric Chadderdon, Nick Hourigan

4/22

Reproductive Rights

·         Chelsey Barrett, Liliana Martinez

4/27

Childhood Hunger

·         Meghan Gilheney, Loren Gauzaa

4/29

Domestic Violence

·         Rachael Momot, Megan Ripley

Homelessness

·         Kahlil Russell-Starks

5/4

Envisioning Social Change

·         Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love (excerpts) (on Canvas)

Last day of class (all individual learning covenant activities due)

5/10

Final Social Justice Project Papers Due