Spring 2015  |  GLOS 3900 Section 001: Topics in Global Studies -- What is Equality? (61344)

Class Component:
3 Credits (5 Credits max.)
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Meets With:
GLOS 5900 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
01/20/2015 - 05/08/2015
Wed 01:25PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 125
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Course Catalog Description:
Topics vary each semester. See Class Schedule.
Class Description:
Claims to equality are constitutive of politics today. It is most often in the name of equality that groups struggle against economic and political disparities, or demand various rights. A certain equality is even institutionalized in modern democracies?all citizens are formally equal. And yet, equality is also one of the most difficult concepts of our times.So it is that the question of equality has also occasioned the most intense debates. What is political equality, and can it be sustained by the democratic rights that we exercise as citizens? What is economic equality, and can it be sustained within a capitalist order? How else can we think of equality, if not in these terms? Where does our demand for equality spring from? How can we think of any equality between profoundly different entities?not just apples and oranges but, say, the human and the animal? How are conflicting demands for equality to be reconciled in a way that recognizes, to begin with, the equality of these demands? Given the scope of these questions, this course can do no more than scratch the surface. Indeed, it will not focus on giving any information about a conceptual object called equality. Rather, its focus will be on learning to think critically?learning this is itself one of the most crucial forms of equality, perhaps even the form of equality that, at their best, universities as institutions especially give to us.
Other Grading Information: 50% Wkly Moodle Postings & Class Participation; 50% Final Paper/s (3000 level students: one final paper of 12-18 pages or two final papers of 6-9 pages; 5000 level students: one final paper of 18-30 pages, or two shorter papers of 9-15 pages)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
11 November 2014

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