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PHIL 4483 Revolution and Social Change (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This course will take up accounts of the roots of modern notions of justified revolution and social justice calls to transform society in Hebrew scripture and the ministry of Jesus as depicted in the Christian bible through the interpretations of political theorist Michael Walzer's Exodus and Revolution, and the work of progressive theologian Walter Wink, as well as classical political theory in Aquinas and Locke and others. We will also consider the works of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and Hannah Arendt on non-violent resistance, as well as works of Malcolm X, Fritz Fanon, Vaclav Havel, and Aung San Suu Kyi. Students will work on projects examining the theoretical underpinnings of recent attempts at revolution and social change, and considering their success or failure.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Eileen Sweeney

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 12-Apr-16