ENGH 202: Texts and Contexts

ENGH 202-006: Literature and Justice
(Spring 2023)

01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR

Peterson Hall 1113

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Section Information for Spring 2023

Justice is the foundation of human society. It is the administration of law and the assignment of punishment. Justice is the qualities of fairness and moral truth. Yet within these definitions a rift appears. What happens when laws are unjust? Or when legal structures are simply expressions of power? This class will examine how literature animates the human passions underlying the most abstract ethical dilemmas. We will consider citizens’ obligation to follow unjust laws. And how reparations can be made for injustices committed before our lifetimes. From plays written in ancient Greece to science fiction from the twenty-first century, literature helps us ask big questions about justice and its relationship to power, law, and government.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Studies literary texts within the framework of culture. Examines texts within such categories as history, gender, sexuality, religion, race, class, and nation. Notes: Builds on reading and writing skills taught in ENGH 101. May be repeated within the term.
Mason Core: Literature
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: 3 credits of 100-level English.
Schedule Type: Lec/Sem #1, Lec/Sem #2, Lec/Sem #3, Lec/Sem #4, Lec/Sem #5, Lec/Sem #6, Lec/Sem #7, Lec/Sem #8, Lec/Sem #9, Lecture, Sem/Lec #10, Sem/Lec #11, Sem/Lec #12, Sem/Lec #13, Sem/Lec #14, Sem/Lec #15, Sem/Lec #16, Sem/Lec #17, Sem/Lec #18
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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