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Foundations of Social Justice


The course provides an overview of the intellectual traditions informing social justice work in order to develop frameworks for examining issues of inequality and power within modern societies and to then apply some of this background to Buffalo, NY. It includes literature exploring the philosophical and sociological dynamics of capitalism, human consciousness, history, rationality, institutions, and ideology. Through interdisciplinary engagements with key primary texts and secondary readings in idealist and materialist philosophy, Western Marxism, cultural studies, sociology, feminism, critical race theory, and political theory, the course is imagined as a multilayered analytical framework for critical examination of social justice and inequality within and across modern societies, including our own.

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