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Bruce E. Kochis
BIS 490
Bothell Campus

Senior Seminar

Study of special topics in interdisciplinary arts and sciences. Prerequisite: BIS 300.

Class description

This course explores theories and practices of justiceóretributive, restorative, distributive--as reflected in the imaginative literature of different times, spaces, and identities. Readings will include poetry, drama, short stories, and novels from ancient times to the present and from multiple cultures, including Greek, Chinese, Sudanese Arabic, British, Bengali, Slavic, Latin American. We will also explore the literary forms of justice among both dominant and marginalized people.

Student learning goals

Students will be able to analyze texts as expressions of theories of justice.

Students will be able to see the variety of approaches to morality and justice over time and across cultures.

Students will be able to think interdisicplinarily through the practice of literary analysis and moral philosophy.

General method of instruction

lecture/discussion; heavy reading and significant writing.

Recommended preparation

Students should have had at least one course requiring a research paper and at least one course in the VLPA

Class assignments and grading

Assignments will be written essays and a larger analytical paper.

Grades will be assigned based on preparation, participation, professionalism, and evaluation of writing.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Bruce E. Kochis
Date: 11/14/2013