ASSIGNMENTS: Submit 5 Journals and 1 Paper to TurnItIn  Class ID: 26114008   Password: madness
5 journals (75%): on any of the topics in the syllabus, and each journal should contain and discuss at least 5 quotes from the textbook(s).
  • Each journal should be at least 500 words and should contain reflective and critical commentary: the required components are listed below at FAQ. 
  • Aim to submit your journal(s) on or close to: Sep 16, Sep 30, Oct 14, Oct 28, Nov 11, Nov 25, and/or Dec 9, 2020.
  •   There are five folders, Journal 1, Journal 2 ... in TurnItIn: simply submit each of your journals, accordingly. Just fill all five folders by Dec 9, 2020.  
  •   You can use each date for each journal or a couple of dates for multiple journals, entirely up to you, but again, just make it a total of 5 by Dec 9, 2020.  
  • Dec 9, 2020: The only dead deadline. You will not be penalized for letting go any earlier dates. The earlier you submit, the earlier you get your grade, that's all. 
  •   I will be grading and commenting on any new submissions shortly after Sep 16, Sep 30, Oct 14, Oct 28, Nov 11, Nov 25, and Dec 9, 2020. 
  •   You can expect a 1-2 week turnaround time. 
one 5,000 word paper (25%): on any topic(s), in which you can expand on any of your 5 journals: due on Dec 9, 2020, the last day of class

On the 100 point scale, each journal counts up to 15 points (15 x 5 =75 points) and the remaining 25 points are for the 5,000 word paper.
Cycles/Deadlines for Fall 2020: Sep 16, Sep 30, Oct 14, Oct 28, Nov 11, Nov 25 (journals & draft paper & revisions, soft) + Dec 9 (final paper & all, FIRM) 
If you have any alternative suggestions on your assignment plan, email me with a request and explain why you need or want a different approach. 

NOTES on the general method and evaluation criteria 
1. Writing-focused: read the textbook(s) at your own pace and focus on producing, ultimately, a 5000 word paper at the end. 
2. Feedback on your submission will be the main portal of communication between you and the instructor in this class. 
3. Upon request, a further individual guidance will be available through an occasional online meeting or ad hoc workshop: email me with a request. 
4. Blackboard group discussions will function as a classroom discussion throughout the course; active use of it, while not required, is strongly recommended.
5. You are encouraged to review supplementary materials linked below or on the course Blackboard.
6. You are also encouraged to utilize and quote from any materials you found online as long as they are reasonably reputable sources and you reference them clearly. 
7. You are expected to work towards producing a "portfolio" of your own ideas and learning, given the wealth of information and specific prompts provided here. 


Course Description          
This course explores comparative and global perspectives on justice and injustice by weaving classical texts and contemporary materials. The approach, while anchored in philosophical methodology and idiom, seeks to be trans-historical, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary as well as topical.  

Course Objectives           
​By the time you finish this course, you will:
  • Have a more comprehensive, substantial and globalized understanding of some of the key socio-political issues of our time.
  • Have a more critical and engaged perspective on issues you have ignored, underestimated or misunderstood.
  • Have a deeper appreciation of differences and commonalities between cultures and histories.
  • Know how to formulate your own questions & ideas, in both dialogue and writing; intellectual plurality and originality will be rewarded.

Required Texts  
  • cf. "Supplementary" materials in gray are not required but only for your own further reference. They are simply some background materials you might find further informative. I do not expect you to study them closely, as they are optional. However, you may find some of them helpful for your paper, for instance.  

Contents: Topic Sequence  
Keywords/points/concepts/sample journal questions 
for your 
studied reflection and considered response in writing



1. What Counts as a Journal? 

Study the textbook(s) carefully, especially the part/page/chapter of your choice, and write a well-condensed and composed entry containing all three elements: 
@ a succinct summary of the reading material or section of your choice 
@ a critical response to or close analysis of any crucial passage(s) which should also be clearly cited, and 
@ a conclusive elaboration of the significance of the topic and the passage(s) under discussion. 
​Here are some samples: journals on"The Personal is Theoretical?"; Theoretical is Scientific?; "Naming Oppression and Position"
These examples are quite extensive, and just aim for a shorter version of the comparable level of analytic and critical reading.
​Some writing tips: 
  • Try and "budget" words around each quote you intend to discuss and connect. You could start mechanically with around 70-80 words per paragraph. 
  • In this class, well-incorporated and thoughtful reflections on real life episodes as examples are more than welcome. In fact, they would be very interesting. 
  • Make sure you aim for quality, not quantity, and logical and engaging links among ideas, not just a series of fragmented thoughts merely bundled together. 

What Citational Style Should I Use for the Journals? 
​Any standard academic style such as APA/Chicago/MLA

Where Do I Submit a Journal and How Is It Graded? 
Each journal should be submitted to Turnitin and will be graded and returned with comments within 2 weeks of submission.

Can I Write Multiple Journals on a Single Figure? 
Yes. For instance, you can certainly write all of your five journals on one word or even a paragraph. What matters is the quality of your studied reflection and writing. 

Can I Write More Than Five Journals? 
No. Redirect your surplus energy to paper writing, your 5,000 word final paper. 

Can I Rewrite My Journals and Resubmit Them for Better Grades? 
OK. Up to 2 journals post-feedback. If your revision is evidently better, your final grade will be higher. I have created 2 additional folders for your optional revision.  

2. What Are the Grading Criteria? 

Grading Scale 
97- A+
93- A
90- A-
87- B+
83- B
80- B-
77- C+
73- C
70- C-
67- D+
63- D
60- D-
Below 60 F (Fail)

On the 100 point scale, each journal counts up to 15 points (15 x 5 =75 points) and the remaining 25 points are for the 5,000 word paper. 
  • Those regularly and actively participating in the blackboard discussion could earn an extra credit up to 10, but no one will be losing points for not participating. 
  • Grades are non-negotiable unless there is a clerical error. 

Grade A: Mastery of the issues and literature, and an ability to make some original contribution. 
Grade B: Good grasp of issues and literature, but little or no attempt at own contribution. 
Grade C: Some but uncertain grasp of the issues. 
Grade D: Failure to grasp issues but some attempt made. 
Grade F: Not even trying. 

3. What are the Basic Requirements for a 5,000 word Paper? 

  • Topic: any figure/topic of your choice from the textbook(s) or classroom discussions - if in doubt/in need of help, do feel free to email me for help.
  • Primary Source: textbooks (designated as "required texts") and links on this syllabus page.
  • Outside Sources: print or internet-based, in any combination, up to 10; any reference, whether a url, a chapter, or a book, counts as 1. 
  • Bibliographic Format: any standard academic style such as APA/Chicago/MLA
  • The submission deadline: the last day of class: firm
  • Again, upon request, students will have a chance to receive live feedback on their drafts, and the grade for the writing component will be determined solely on the basis of the polished portfolio submitted on the last day of class.   

Can I submit a draft paper for a preliminary comment or grade before submitting my final version?
Yes. I have created an optional "draft submission" folder in Turnitin for that purpose. The deadline for this is two weeks before the final paper deadline. 

Can I incorporate my own journals into my final paper by literally reusing some passages? 
Yes. Your paper could certainly expand on some of the key points in your own journals also by importing some sections, as long as your paper as a whole makes sense. 


Statement of College Policy on Plagiarism
"Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else‘s ideas, words, or artistic, scientific, or technical work as one‘s own creation. Using the ideas or work of another is permissible only when the original author is identified. Paraphrasing and summarizing, as well as direct quotations, require citations to the original source. Plagiarism may be intentional or unintentional. Lack of dishonest intent does not necessarily absolve a student of responsibility for plagiarism. It is the student‘s responsibility to recognize the difference between statements that are common knowledge (which do not require documentation) and restatements of the ideas of others. Paraphrase, summary, and direct quotation are acceptable forms of restatement, as long as the source is cited. Students who are unsure how and when to provide documentation are advised to consult with their instructors. The Library has free guides designed to help students with problems of documentation." (From the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Undergraduate Bulletin, p. 36)
Should plagiarism be determined, a formal disciplinary action will be taken immediately: the student in question will receive an F grade for the course.

Accommodation of Religious Observances
Upon request, academic accommodations for a religious observance are available on an individual basis; by the end of the second week, please provide me with a supplementary document that specifies and verifies your context and needs for modification. 

Accommodation of Documented Disabilities
Please contact me within the first two weeks of the semester. An appropriate, case-by-case arrangement will be made to ensure that the student in question is given an equal opportunity for learning. 

HJS 310. International Perspectives on Justice
Prof. Kyoo Lee, 524 West 59th St. Rm 8.63.15, Dept. of Philosophy, John Jay College, CUNY
Office Hours: By Appointment