“All men are born equal”. But, what about women? And, even if we are born equal, do we live in equality? How do wealth and resources fit in? In this course, you will explore inequalities that exist based upon gender, race, and socioeconomic class differences. You will become familiar with the theories that strive to explain why these inequalities exist, whom they oppress and benefit, what actions have been taken in the past, and what can be done now to dismantle the systems and institutions that perpetuate them. You will gain the knowledge necessary to engage in these debates, develop skills to facilitate meaningful dialogues, and access the tools necessary to mediate disputes and impact change.

Course Units

How do we navigate the rights of our citizenship?

In this unit, we will investigate different theories of citizenship from around the world and throughout history in order to identify patterns of oppression in terms of race, gender, and class. With this understanding, we will identify the root causes and subsequent effects of oppression witnessed in citizenship and propose possible solutions to obtaining equal rights by composing a contemporary Declaration of Human Rights.

Here are the unit sub guiding questions you will pursue:

  • How may we be provided with quality of life?
  • Why may our rights be manipulated?
  • How may we all claim equal rights?

How may we bargain with the distribution of ownership?

In this unit we will examine, analyze, and reflect on the different layers and meanings of ownership in the context of race, gender, and class. We will define the term ownership, investigate who has the right to own and why, investigate what or who is considered private property and why, investigate what actions have been taken towards equality, and reflect on our own relationship with ownership in order to impact change.

Here are the unit sub guiding questions you will pursue:

  • How may ownership be experienced?
  • Why may you own more than I do?
  • How may we achieve 100%?

How may we operate within censorship?

In this unit we will investigate how and why people have been censored, why and when information is withheld, and explore what happens when voices are silenced. As an action project, we will plan and facilitate a public conversation about censorship.

Here are the unit sub guiding questions you will pursue:

  • How may we moralize censorship?
  • How are we censored?
  • How may we access and distribute information freely?