Why is racial bias an ethical issue and how does this relate to the criminal justice system in the United States? You should demonstrate detailed knowledge of AT LEAST FOUR prescribed readings.
Reading and assignment schedule
LaFollette, H. (2020), Ethics of Practice: An Anthology (5th edition), Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
Module 1 (August 17-23): Economic and Global Justice
Rawls, ‘A Theory of Justice’, Ethics in Practice (EP): pp. 591-602
Nozick, ‘The Entitlement Theory of Justice’, EP: pp. 603-614
Singer, ‘Famine, Affluence, and Morality’, EP: pp. 658-666
Arthur, ‘Famine Relief and the Ideal Moral Code’, EP: pp. 667-675
Wellman, ‘Refugees and the Right to Control Immigration’, EP: pp. 640-647
Kukathas, ‘The Case for Open Immigration’, EP: pp. 648-657.
Module 2 (August 24-30): Racial Justice and Punishment
Mill, ‘Freedoms of Action’ and ‘Freedom of Thought and Discussion’, EP: pp. 308-311; 352-355
Moody-Adams, ‘Racism as an Ethical Issue’, EP: pp. 398-405
Madva, ‘Implicit Bias’, EP: pp. 413-421
Harris and Narayan, ‘Affirmative Action’, EP: pp. 422-431
Rachels, ‘Punishment and Desert’, EP: pp. 530-537
Wright, Cullen, and Beaver, ‘Does Punishment Work?’, EP: pp. 538-548
Pojman, ‘In Defense of the Death Penalty’, EP: pp. 549-557
Reiman, ‘Against the Death Penality’, EP: pp. 558-564
Expectations and Grading:
You are not expected to use secondary literature but may do so. This paper will be graded on the following: a) accurate analysis of the relevant class texts from this module (10pts); b) ability to differentiate positions and to set out competing evidence for them in a balanced manner (10pts); c) making connections beyond points explicitly made by the texts studied (5pts).