Race, Justice, and American Democracy

Course Description

In examining claims of racial injustice, we will be unpacking liberalism's foundational impact on American politics and what role justice plays in how we understand race. How do we define justice, or how do we think of democracy, will be seen through two ways of understanding the liberal theory: consequential or procedural justice? These and other perennial questions of political liberalism and races will be explored in this course. Primary readings and selections will be from John Rawls, Will Kymlicka, Imani Perry, Iris Marion Young, Charles Mills, and Ronald Dworkin.

As a result of this course, you will:
• Be more confident and capable of discussing important contemporary issues of justice and race in any political or philosophy forum.
• Strengthen your analytical and critical thinking skills, primarily related to race, gender, and class differences, through rigorous engagement with a range of texts (autobiographies, novels, films, music, etc.).
• Identify key concepts, themes, and figures related to contemporary critiques of liberalism.
• Improve your ability to express yourself through class discussion and participation.
• Improve your analytical skills through the crafting of clear, well-organized writing assignments.


At least one year of American history is recommended.


One Section Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: July 11, 2022 - July 22, 2022
Duration: 2 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 3:30P-6:20P
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Columbus Pruitt
Course Number: 10244