This class serves as a prerequisite or corequisite for The Justice Lab.
Exam type: None.
Students will have several assignments, including a group or individual policy paper on a problem of their choosing and a related presentation.
This course will employ insights from numerous disciplines, including history, mind sciences, economics, and law to explore some of the deep, common, and overlapping causes of injustice. It will examine and draw lessons from a handful of well-known injustices—from antebellum slavery to twentieth-century marketing of tobacco. Focusing on varied sources of power, the course will analyze interconnections between policy problems and the cycles that contribute to inequality and injustice. Based on those understandings, the course will name and inventory causes of injustice, impediments to justice, and ways better to pursue justice through law and social activism. The course will pay special attention to the relationship between power, inequality, and legitimacy. Finally, the course will pull those lessons into the present as students examine, workshop, and write about current problems.