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PHIL 256S Social Justice: Service Learning
Philosophy 256S is a 5 credit hour experiential learning course that will offer students a unique opportunity to learn about social justice by working with marginalized populations and social change organizations in the Greater Knoxville community. Each student will be placed with a community partner organization.* Students must be available to commit 5 hours per week outside of the designated class meeting time to this organization for the duration of the course. Experiential learning at community partner organizations will take place alongside class discussion and reflection on classic and contemporary works of philosophy by authors including Plato, Aristotle, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Martin Luther King Jr., and Iris Marion Young. Philosophy 256S students will learn how to make relevant connections between these important texts and their community placement experiences, and will be encouraged to reflect on these connections throughout the semester. The goal of the course is to foster critical consciousness, enabling students to question conventional wisdom, and to learn how to work for a just society.
*Placement options will include but are not limited to Knox Area Rescue Ministries, Helen Ross McNabb Center, Bridge Refugee Services, East Knox Free Medical Clinic, and YWCA Knoxville.