Which Rights Should Be Universal?

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There is a growing movement to incorporate diverse perspectives into the content of our courses. This is a good thing, overall. But, there are some perspectives which are intolerant and hostile to equity and inclusion; perspectives which should not be given equal footing with others in our classrooms. So, the question becomes “how do we tell which ones are the bad ones?” In this course, we will be answering this question using basic human rights from an outcomes (consequentialist) perspective; i.e., the rights which should be universal are those which promote the well-being of all people. We will be learning about the different models for moral discovery, cultural relativism and cultural imperialism, the development and discovery of human rights, and then how to implement basic human rights into our syllabi and classes. You may wish to purchase the book with your division PD funds or on your own, or borrow a book from the Faculty Commons (8 copies available).


5 Fridays, October 7, 14, 21, 28 and Nov. 4, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Remote

10 PD Hours | $250 stipend for fully participating in a minimum of 4 of the 5 sessions 

 Register here for this book discussion.

Please reach out to Davis Smith, da.smith@bellevuecollege.edu, with your questions.

Last Updated November 4, 2022