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Rachel G. Kleit
PB AF 568
Seattle Campus

Social Justice and Public Policy

Examines the values of social justice that motivate action in the public arena; thinks about how those values create concerns and solutions; and explores issues of equity and liberty, of balancing the rights of the individual, the common good, and redistribution.

Class description

This class delves into the values of social justice that motivate action (or reaction or protest) in the public arena. Together, we will think through what we mean by social justice and how values around social justice motivate concerns about problems and solutions in the public arena. Specifically we are concerned about issues of equity and liberty, of balancing the rights of the individual, the common good, and redistribution.

We will begin by reading foundational thinkers about social justice and action, and move to considering cases where ideas about social justices are fundamental bases for action. Each class session focuses on a specific historic or current policy situation, using both domestic and international examples across a breadth of policy areas. This class meets the Evans Schools values restricted elective requirement.

Student learning goals

discuss the major values at stake in varied policy areas, especially when there are conflicts about courses of action;

assess how the major theories of social justice lend insight into contemporary policy problems;

trace the commonalities and conflicts between political philosophy and social movement perspectives on social justice;

analyze diverse policy domains to unearth the varied social justice problems and values that arise;

evaluate our own perspectives and values with regard to social justice, with the goal of integrating moral issues into our own policy and management decision making.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


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 Blake N Cooper
Date: 10/13/2009