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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 Topics (and Assignments)

1/24

Introductions

1/26

Introductions (cont.)

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

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

Section I.

The Nature of Oppression and Our Complicity

1/31

Understanding Oppression

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

2/2

Internalizing Oppression

  • Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye (start reading)

Reflection Paper on "What is Social Justice?" Due

2/7

Interstructuring Oppression

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

Learning Covenants Due

2/9

Class, Inequality, and Economic Insecurity

 

·         David Shipler, The Working Poor, 3-38

 

2/14

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

 

2/16

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

2/21

Poverty Simulation:  A Month in the State of Poverty

2/23

Understanding Our Complicity in Oppression

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

Project Descriptions Due

Section II.

Conceptions of Justice

2/28

Social Justice:  Utility

3/1

Social Justice:  Equality

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

3/5-9

Spring Break (No classes)

3/13

Social Justice: Common Good

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

3/15

Social Justice: Catholic View

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

3/20

Social Justice from the Margins

Hispanic: 

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

African-American:

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

3/22

Social Justice from the Margins

Feminist: 

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

Liberationist:

·         Karen Lebacqz, "Redress: Injustice and the Oppressor," in Justice in an Unjust World (on Blackboard)

3/27

Gay/Lesbian: 

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

Native American:

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

3/29

Rethinking Approaches to Poverty

·         Amartya Sen, Development as Freedom (excerpts) (on Blackboard)

·         Martha Nussbaum, Women and Human Development (excerpts) (on Blackboard)

4/3

Doing Justice

·         Acuff, Playing Bigger than You Are:  A Life in Organizing (Windwalker Media, 2012).

4/5

Easter Break (no class)

Student Presentations (01)

Student Presentations (02)

4/10

O’Leary/Donovan: Ageism

Zembiec: Child Poverty

4/12

Slawson: Equal Education Funding

Klepfer/O’Connor: Homelessness

Ferrer:  Poverty among Native American Children

Roche:  Domestic Violence

 

4/17

Procopio: Hunger

Northrup/Negron:  Domestic Abuse

 

Wood: Refugee Rights

4/19

Schilling/Petrocci: Child Abuse

 

Giancola/Kelly: Insufficient Clothing for Children

 

Piorkowski:  Disabilities

Colòn:  Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients

 

Vermeulen/Gensel:  Poverty

 

Heroux: Inadequate Educational Resources

4/24

Rodriquez:  Homelessness, Poverty

 

 

 

 

 

McGrath/Capponi:  Child Abuse

 

Wood:  Refugees

 

4/26

Roach/Jones: Animal Abuse

 

Pinnelli:  Hunger

 

Derminio:  Legal Aid

 

First Drafts Due

Decker:  Ableism

 

Farchione:  Child Abuse

 

DePasquale:  Poverty

 

First Drafts Due

5/1

Contos/Spinella/Esposito:  Access to Health Care

Marzano/Jaber/Lull:  Refugees

 

Klein/Jones:  Affordable Housing

 

Neer: Organizational Efforts to Address Poverty

5/3

Envisioning Social Change

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

Last day of class

5/10

Final Papers Due