California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Soka University Japan - Transcend Art and Peace
Created: July 27, 2003
Latest Update: March 23, 2006
You will be held accountable for purposes of grading for the readings and exercises listed here. There will be no "testing." That means that you will not have to live in anxious anticipation of what we will ask and how much you will have to know. Instead, we will provide weekly discussion questions, lectures, essays, and concepts we feel that you should know as a result of having taken this course. You will assure us of that learning and receive your grade for the questions and concepts about which you choose to write and talk with us. In addition you will find detailed explanations and examples on our grading policies in the first week's reading.
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Week 11: Week of March 26, 2006
Special Note: CRMJ Advising Session - Wednesday, March 29th 12 noon in Moln 105 & 107
Topics: Beyond Hope
- Wednesday, March 29th - CRMJ Student Advising Session from 12 noon to 1 p.m.
- Friday, April 21st, beginning of class (central time) -- The Final Absolute Deadline (completion of all creative measures)
- Friday, May 5th - Last Day of Class
- Paul Loeb. The Impossible Will Take a Little While. Chapters 39 through 44 .
- Cornel West. Democracy Matters. Chapters ___.
- Martha Minow. Between Vengeance and Forgiveness. entirety.
- Documentary: "The Fog of War" (to be shown in class)
Lecture related links:
- Make a Globe (Origami Balloon). Decorate and share your decorated globe/balloon in class.
- Cornel West's website.
- Paul Loeb's website
- National Criminal Justice Reference Service. Administered by the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice..
- W.I. Thomas "Definition of the Situation
- Links to the Sociology of Law Handbook readings
(On Habermas' Between Facts and Norms)
-- Chapter 1, part 1
-- Chapter 1, part 2
-- Chapter 2
Concepts to be covered:
- free will
- the "fog of war"
- How does the documentary, "The Fog of War" relate to the early chapters of Cornel West's Democracy Matters and this week's readings in the Loeb book? Why.
- "The only kinds of fights worth fighting are those you are going to lose, " wrote the radical journalist I.F. Stone, "because somebody has to fight them and lose and lose and lose until someday, somebody who believes as you do wins." (Loeb, p. 327). Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Can you think of an issue that might illustrate what Stone is describing here?
- Ashford asserts, "The planetary crises raise existential and spiritual questions we are usually able to avoid in our affluent society." How does being an affluent society allow us to avoid difficult questions? Do Third World nations have the same opportunities for denial on areas like deforestation or water pollution. Explain. [from Loeb's website]
- Mandelstam explains how "fear and hope are bound up with each other." Explain this relationship in your own words. [from Loeb's website]
- What is the self-fulfilling prophecy? If possible, provide an example from your own life when you experienced this. Explain how it can work either positively or negatively. What's the relationship between self-fulfilling prophecies and outlooks that breed political hope or despair? [from Loeb's website]
- In Wheatley's article, what do you think of her judgment that "we don't need specific outcomes. We need each other." [from Loeb's website]
Suggested Creative Measures:
Note: Start thinking about ideas for your creative measures. Must relate to "criminal justice/social justice." Must be approved before starting your creative measure. Cannot be something that you are doing or have done for another course. Research cannot be 100% online (i.e., google, askjeeves). Must conduct library research using scholarly works, (not the popular press -- Time Magazine, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated). No term papers! Allow time to dialogue and present your creative measure in class. Email me your idea.
- Figure out why "the war to end all wars" did not happen?
- Further examine the life and times of Robert Strange MacNamara.
- Do you know the story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes? If not, you might want to research it. Why does this metaphor touch people worldwide.[from Loeb's website]
- Identify a pressing societal issue today that concerns you. Research the issue in order to give yourself some background that will help you "speak the truth to power." [from Loeb's website]
- Research one of the major environmental issues. What progress has been made?
- Make A Box a Week or some other visual presentation focusing on this week's topic.
- Select a current event and examine the left/right perspectives and other news source links on the Dear Habermas site (located in the middle of the front page). How do the different perspectives present this current event? Why.
- Joanna Macy. Widening Circles .
- Nadezhda Mandelstam. Hoping Against Hope: A Memoir.
- Margaret Wheatley. Turning to Each Other.
- Cornel West . Race Matters.
- James Hilton. Lost Horizon.
- George Orwell. 1984.
- Aldous Huxley. Brave New World.
- Margaret Haddix. Among the Hidden. series, especially her latest, Among the Enemy .
- Jurgen Habermas. Between Facts and Norms..
- Martha Minow. Breaking Cycles of Hatred: Memory, Law and Repair.
- Desmond Tutu. No Future Without Forgiveness.