This first year seminar assumes that there is such a phenomenon
as social justice and conversely that social injustice exists.
Given society's dynamic nature and the obscure manifestations of
injustice, a condition of social justice is not easily
obtainable; nor does working for social justice have a fixed
end. The first year seminar goal is to develop the ability to
identify social injustice, address it within various settings,
and take actions to create change leading toward social justice.
While scholars understand the vast range of theoretical
constructions and frameworks that may be covered in a course on
social justice, for this particular seminar we will be studying
a wide array of structures of inequality in society. Students
will be encouraged to think critically and expansively about the
social world and the conditions of humanity. Learning in the
seminar will be facilitated through readings, field trips, video
clips, social media, guest speakers, student presentations,
class discussions of current events, and other relevant course
assignments. As part of Washington College's First Year Seminar
requirement, students in this course will dedicate a
considerable amount of time in enhancing their skills of
writing, researching, revision, critical discussion, and
presentation. In addition, students will develop both their
information management and collaborative learning skills.