Symbiosis International University Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts

Politics of Social Justice

 Brief Overview 

The course will begin with the contemporary ideas on justice found in the western world and question the need to add the ‘social’ component to it. It will deal with important modern thinkers who have worked on justice within the tradition of utilitarianism, libertarianism and communitarianism. After the tracing the historical trajectory of the concept, we will shift to the Indian variant of the idea of justice. In the concluding section the course will analyse ways of creating a more egalitarian global social order by building upon notions of democracy, morality and ‘public good’. Concepts such as race, caste, women, subalterns and indigenous will be utilized to understand the scope as well as the claims to justice.

 Course Objectives 

  • The course aims to develop a deeper understanding of the moral and political theory and contextualize it within the ongoing east-west dialogue.
  • The larger aim of the course is to make students conscious of the Self and the world surrounding them.

 Teaching Methodology 

  • The course will use classroom teaching/discussion in conjunction with out of class participation.
  • Readings that would be given are optional. It is requested that students read the same to augment the classroom lectures.
  • The Instructor would use visual material in terms of various mediums. Film Screenings, photo documentation, short films would serve as a framework for the various issues discussed in class.
  • Attendance for both the classes and film screenings is compulsory.