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Religious Studies 1023E Lecture Notes - Gender Equality, Just War Theory, Beatitudes


Department
Religious Studies
Course Code
RS 1023E
Professor
Corrine Walsh

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What is a (more) 'just' society? As you describe a just society, what element(s) do you
want to focus on for your essay discussion?
For example, let’s say you want to argue that a just society is a society that champions
equality. What does this (equality) mean for you and how/why is it related to a just society?
What from our course resources supports this view? For example, do any of the world
religions discuss equality as part of their vision of a just society? Do any of our thinkers talk
about this?
What is religion's role in creating a (more) just society? If your focus is on just society and
equality, how does religion create equality and/or inequality (depending on how you're
working with the Baum material)? What's an example of this? This is a good place to
discuss Baum, to incorporate other ideas from the course, and to use an example.
Some examples might include:
- Aboriginals/First Nations persons in Canada
- Residential schools situation
- Gender equality
- Marriage equality
Let’s say you wanted to argue a just society is a society that embraces peace. What does
this mean for you? How/why related to a just society? What course resources support this
view? What do world religions discuss of peace as part of their vision of a just society?
(E.g., Beatitudes, etc.) Do any of our thinkers talk about this?
What is religion’s role in creating a (more) just society? How does religion create
peacefulness and/or conflict? What’s an example of this? This is a good place to discuss
Baum, incorporate other ideas from the course, and use an example.
Some examples might include:
- Violence
- Domestic violence
- Warfare
- Just war
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NOTE: Be careful that, in discussing your example, you don’t focus so much on the
example that you forget to repeatedly connect back to the main focus/argument. If, for
example, you are focusing on equality as a key characteristic of a just society, then a strong
essay would be to tie in your other points to your key point or thesis: that a just society is a
society where all people are equal.
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