Hochschule Düsseldorf
University of Applied Sciences


Fachbereich Sozial- und Kulturwissenschaften
Faculty of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies

Kommentiertes Vorlesungsverzeichnis - Seminardetails

aktuelles Semester: WS22/23
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Sociological Perspectives on Contemporary Theories of Social Justice

Scheine / Modul:BA Soz Prüfungen A 3.1, Modul: Gesellschaftliche Strukturen und Entwicklungen (Prüfungsordnung 2011/2015/2021)
BA Soz Prüfungen S 9.2: Schwerpunkt: Menschenrechte (Prüfungsordnung 2011/2015/2021)
BA Soz Prüfungen S 9.3: Schwerpunkt: Menschenrechte (Prüfungsordnung 2011/2015/2021)
BA Soz Prüfungen S 11.1-3: Schwerpunkt: Zivilgesellschaft (Prüfungsordnung 2011/2015/2021)

BA Kind Prüfung WA.1: Wahlmodul (Prüfungsordnung 2014/2015/2021)
BA SA/SP Prüfungen WM.1/2: Wahlmodul (Prüfungsordnungen 2011/2015)
BA SA/SP Prüfung WM.1: Wahlmodul (Prüfungsordnung 2021 ab Sommersemester 2022)
DozentIn:Arun, Onur, Dr.
Seminarformat:Reines Onlineseminar

(Aktuelle Planung - Die konkrete Umsetzung besprechen die Lehrenden mit den Studierenden zum Seminarbeginn in der ersten Sitzung. Hinweise zum Seminarstart finden Sie in Moodle.)
18:45 Uhr bis 21:45 Uhr
Seminarumfang:4 SWS
Raum:Online (Moodle, Teams,...)
Sprache (Language):This class is held in english!


Course Abstract and Primary Goals: Looking at the history of social and political thoughts, one may easily notice that two normative questions have played quite formative roles in shaping scholarly discussions of great philosophers, “who should get what” and “why s/he should get that”. In fact, it is occasionally claimed that the entire literature of social and political thought, one way or another, is strictly connected with the humanity’s journey in finding out the most plausible and persuading answers for these questions that are, in essence, illustrate social and political philosophers’ passion in researching about social justice for a better world. In this regard, this course primarily aims to equip students with knowledge regarding foundational subjects, concepts and discussions on the ideas of social justice as well as gain them ability of developing sociological conceptions about normative ideas of great philosophers. The course will start with definitions of foundational concepts of social justice such as justice, freedom, equality, law and order; and then it will look at classical ideas of social justice from ancient and early classical philosophers. Following these, it will turn its attention on to contemporary theories of social justice. In doing so, it heavily draws on a sociologically-informed perspective of critical scrutiny and aims to elaborate utilitarianism and happiness-focused perspective of individuals’ welfare, radically egalitarian perspective of the Marxist tradition, libertarian justification of inequalities based on individuals’ talents and skills, harmony of egalitarian and libertarian views in the idea of justice as fairness, freedom-centred view of the capability approach, and lastly roles of individual’s luck, social-class and responsibility in socially just society.

Prüfungsleistungen bzw. Testat:

Mid-term exam will be composed of five open-ended questions through which students' knowledge about theories that are taught will be the subject of the mid-term grade.
The final term paper is going to be the reflection paper through which students are expected to write between 1.800-2.200 words length critical perspectives on one of the theories that are going to be taught during the semester.

Sonstige Informationen:

Lecturing and Grading Policies
• All reading materials and videos offered in this course as well as lectures are in English. Besides, exams and terms papers are also in English. However, this should not create any pressure for my course’s participants whose mother-language are not English. Keep in mind that I am fully aware the fact that most of my students’ mother language is not English and I certainly do not allow any of my non-native English speaking student become undeservingly disadvantaged in my class. This means that you can have some verbal constraints in expressing your views, opinions during in-class discussions, but this is completely fine for me. On the other hand, pushing your boundaries a bit in developing your English skills through actively participating discussions in class will contribute your academic and professional life enormously in future. So, use English in lectures and communicating with me after lectures, but don’t worry to make mistakes.
• Apart from the introduction week, exam weeks, and the final week, this course is designed as 10 theoretical lectures. In order to be successfully gain the knowledge this course offers, I strongly recommend all of you to make readings before the lectures. However, if you cannot make readings before the lectures, please try to make them afterwards.
• Every lecture week is framed in two forms of intellectual exchange. In the first part, I will lecture about the subjects of the week and provide you foundational concepts as well as theories/perspectives. In the second part of the week, I will open up a space for you; and you will have opportunity to ask your questions, express your views/opinions and critically reflect about the subject of the week.
• I ethically believe that any form of coercion is unjust. In line with this, I do not take record of participation in any my courses. So, your participation is not mandatory, but I strongly recommend you to participate all lectures. This is because the theories we will discuss during the semester are substantially abstract and require further clarification, which means that it may be quite difficult to learn them by yourself. So, participation is not mandatory, but rewarding.
• In terms of grading, I am known as a generous academic. But this does not mean that I give all students the best grade without any reason. I would like to see dedication and commitment of my students to learn the subjects and theories we discuss during the semester and aspire that you gain necessary knowledge about these subjects and theories. Therefore, final grades are subject to two assessments in this course. First, you are going to have a place in the mid-term exam where you will be asked to answer five open-ended questions about which we discuss in lectures until the mid-term date. Second, you will prepare a reflection paper where you are expected to write between 1.800 - 2.200 words length critical perspective/argument on one of the theories lectured and discussed during the semester. Each of these assessments will contribute 50 per cent weight to your final grade.
• Finally, you should not hesitate to express any of your concern, criticism, or thought about lectures, mode of lecturing as well as grading without any constraint. If you want to talk to me privately after lectures, please do not hesitate to contact with me through e-mail to arrange a private appointment.


Reading Materials
A list of reading materials will be provided in advance. Note that students are not required to read all parts of the works, but some specified parts of these works whose page numbers are provided in the last part of the syllabus. However, if you can find out time to read all parts of these reading materials during your busy semester-schedule, I guarantee that you will definitely taste an intellectual pleasure. Besides, readings in this course are classified as “must readings” and “recommended readings”. The must readings are those which are necessary to be done in advance of lectures in order to develop a clear and insightful understanding of the lectures; and these readings are usually quite small in terms of page numbers. The recommended readings, on the other hand, are optional readings that aim to provide a more detailed and comprehensive content of the lecture topics. Students are not obliged to make these readings in order to pass the course, but they are highly recommended for those who aspire to have a more detailed knowledge about relevant subjects.

Anwesenheit:Ein grundlegendes Ziel des Studiums sind auch die in den Modulhandbüchern beschriebenen Sozial- und Subjektkompetenzen im Bereich der Kommunikation und der sozialen Interaktion. Gerade diese Kompetenzen werden zu einem wesentlichen Anteil auch in der Begegnung in den Seminaren erworben. Insofern ist Ihre Teilnahme wichtig!

Für dieses Seminar ist die Teilnahme nach § 12 Abs. 6 der RahmenPO aber keine formale Voraussetzung für die Prüfung oder das Testat. Bitte beachten Sie, dass Sie sich die Inhalte und Kompetenzen, die in den Seminarsitzungen vermittelt werden, selbstständig aneignen müssen, wenn Sie nicht teilnehmen. Sie haben keinen Anspruch, dass alle Inhalte der Seminarsitzungen auch in anderer Form bereitgestellt werden, ggf. müssen sie diese selbst recherchieren und erlernen.

In Seminaren mit Referaten, Präsentationen u.ä. als Prüfungsleistung oder Testat ist eine Anwesenheit an der dafür festgelegten Sitzung in jedem Fall als Prüfungs- bzw. Testattermin erforderlich (sofern keine Regelung zum Nachteilsausgleich bzw. zur angemessenen Berücksichtigung familiärer Fürsorge eingreift).

In Seminaren mit Prüfungen/Testaten in Gruppenarbeit, Referaten, Präsentationen u.ä. müssen Sie außerdem an dem im KomVor oder im Seminar ggf. angegebenen Termin zur Abstimmung der Gruppen bzw. der Themen und Termine für Referate, Präsentationen u.ä. teilnehmen oder sich entsprechend der Angaben des/der Lehrenden bei ihm/ihr melden um das abzustimmen – ggf. müssen Sie sich dann selbst eine Gruppe suchen oder Sie werden zu einem Thema, Termin bzw. einer Gruppe zugewiesen.

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