Judging Atrocity

Our practices of holding one another responsible for wrongdoing depend on the attribution of moral agency, and the view that, as human beings, we are not simply causes in the world, but authors of our actions. Contemporary psychological research increasingly reveals, however, that human action is largely influenced by situational factors beyond our control. How, […]

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Inequality in the U.S.

Topics & readings. This interdisciplinary course focuses on economic inequality in the United States and its relationship to social and political inequality. Readings will be drawn primarily from the fields of political science, sociology, and economics. Readings will describe socioeconomic inequality, explore the interrelated factors that cause and reinforce it, examine the publics beliefs about […]

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Ethics, Morals, and Criminal Law

Inherent within criminal law and justice is the power to make discretionary decisions that greatly impact the accused, victims, and society.  This course exposes students to historical and contemporary issues that generate interaction between ethics and criminal justice.  It will examine macro and micro attempts in recent history to ethically balance public safety and “moral” […]

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International Intervention

This course will examine military, humanitarian, and post-conflict peacebuilding interventions to explore how the international community has worked to support victims of mass violence, injustice, brutal dictatorships, and poverty around the world. Students will first survey interventions in contexts of mass violence where vulnerable populations are at the mercy of dictatorships or rebel groups with […]

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