Critical Studies

Foundations in Critical Studies: Ethics & Justice

Instructor: Josef Chytry
OAK / CRTSD–200 / 15 sessions
Prerequisite: Writing 1 and Intro to the Arts
July 7–August 11 (no class 7/17), Mon./Wed./Thurs., 6–9 p.m.

Foundations in Critical Studies provides an introduction to the major schools of thought that influence the practice, critique, and understanding of the arts. Throughout, the class considers the theme of ethics and justice and asks what role creativity can play in the transformation of the ethical problems confronting humanity at the start of the twenty-first century. The course introduces students to major modes of ethical reflection, highlights the ethical dimensions of artistic practice, and closely considers many of the key topics in contemporary debates including: ethics in dark times; the ethics of aesthetics, gender, animals, and politics; and law and justice. The class aims to introduce some concepts, ideas, and theories that are shaping our world, and to support students’ development as ethical, creative participants in contemporary culture. 

This course satisfies the Foundations in Critical Studies requirement or an H&S elective.