Social Justice Frameworks in Action

Course Description: 
This is a University-wide Course and it is open to all CEU students.
Social justice is a widely engaged concept with competing definitions and varied ideological assumptions as well as equally competitive and varied practical or empirical implications across disciplines and other institutions. It is considered a political philosophy, a social construction, a social movement's esprit de corps, and a normative or otherwise analytical framework or goal, among others. It can have strong conceptual ties to equality or distribution, capacity, opportunity and others as well as some of what might be mutually aligned as their dichotomous counterparts such as inequality, discrimination, privilege and oppression.
In support of the open society principles of Central European University and its key role in "building open and democratic societies that respect human rights and human dignity," this course aims to engage faculty and students from different disciplines in a learning forum in which the dynamic, varied, contested, and complex notion of social justice is explored and critically engaged in the context of public political participation.
The course is theoretically organized through scholarly and practical notions of social justice, comprising a diverse, if contradictory, multi-theoretical and analytical framework(s) from philosophy, political economics, legal studies, sociology and environmental studies to explore the notion of public political participation.
Postdoctoral Assistant:
Ian Cook, Research Fellow CMDS, CTL Affiliate, CEU Alumni (PhD, SOC ANTH)
Doctoral Teaching Assistants:
Marko Konjovic, Philosophy
Milos Milicevic, Environmental Sciences and Policy
Learning Outcomes: 
● Understand, compare, and critically reflect on the conceptualization of social justice in its varied formulations and applications in the context of political participation.  
● Articulate the conceptualization and implications of social justice (and equality) frameworks in the context of political participation through interdisciplinary learning forums and team projects.  
Assessment: 

1) Contribution and participation in panel discussions.

2) Team projects: Design, implementation and public presentation.

Prerequisites: 

None.