Distinctions between justice and injustice, and between equality and inequality, underlie some of the most fundamental dimensions of social life. This course will address several questions about the relation between inequality and injustice Among them will be the following:
1. What conditions do people consider (un)just, and what factors contribute to these judgments?
2. What are the emotional precursors and consequences of these judgments?
3. How do people respond to situations they judge or experience as unjust?
4. What decision-making structures and social policies do people consider unjust? How do they respond to these judgments?
Students will read relevant social psychological theory and research as well as related work in politics, sociology, and evolutionary approaches to social behavior.