Ethics in an Unjust World

The course considered the question, “How can we fix injustice?” It began by exploring the nature of injustice through the lens of poverty. It examined a range of descriptive metaphors (for example, poverty as a “trap”) and the consequences of each metaphor for social action. It then considered the word “fix,” and in doing so introduced several basic understandings of ethics (deontology, utilitarianism, contextual ethics, virtue, etc.) Finally, it considered the word “we” and offered three models for responding to injustice: working for, working with, and being with.