Sympathy For The Devil, the Rhetoric of Compassion
Is compassion the foundation of human morality or a dangerously unreliable emotion? This course examines the strategies and motivations in different media of fostering empathy for commonly held enemies or discriminated groups. We examine the ways that casting minorities as objects of pity can strategically forward but structurally undermine the project of creating a more open and tolerant society. This course engages in team-based learning.