Power and Justice

The pursuit of justice often entails direct engagement with structures if power. Power plays a central role in our physical, cultural, and individual existence, governing our production of knowledge, social relations, institutions and distribution of material resources. Courses that align with this theme will examine power structures and issues of justice that are deeply connected to both conflict and resolution. The courses will encourage students to critically examine the world as we know it, and to imagine alternative modes of living.

Potential Inquiries:

  1. How have power and justice been theorized, described, and explained within different disciplines?
  2. How is power generated, distributed, transformed and mobilized, be it physically, culturally, or psychologically?
  3. How do sexualities, class, race, ethnicity, sustainability affect and reflect structures of power and notions of justice?
  4. How does a historical understanding of power or fights for justice help us understand our contemporary conflicts?
  5. How does cultural and aesthetic production manifest, mobilize, resist and/or subvert power?
  6. How are struggles over energy production and environmental justice tied to structures of power?




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