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Teaching Ethics


published on December 6, 2016

Kathleen A. Kelly

Developing Sensitivity to Structural Injustice in a Foundation Humanities Course

Foundation humanities courses often have as one of their objectives to raise awareness of ethical issues so that students get a taste for what might be involved in ethics courses and might build on that foundation in later courses. This three-week unit introduces Iris Marion Young’s social-connection model for responding to injustices caused by social structures and processes, and then applies that model to the response to injustices revealed in the memoir I Shall Not Hate by the Palestinian doctor Izzeldin Abuelaish. Students are then asked to make short team presentations analyzing a structural injustice they have identified.1

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