Justice, Race and Class

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Justice, Race and Class

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    One of PSYC 111, PSYC 112, PHIL 103, POLS 101, SOCI 101

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Ranking races and classes by intelligence or ?merit? from Plato to Jensen.

    This paper is designed for those who are interested in problems that can be solved only by viewing psychology in the context of its relations with philosophy and other social sciences. These include the race and IQ debate, a proper theory of intelligence, how to defend humane ideals versus their opponents and the status of religious experience.

    Course Structure
    Jensen and The Bell Curve are used to show that psychologists study race and class without the necessary philosophical sophistication. Aristotle, Huxley and Skinner are cited as thinkers who tried to collapse moral philosophy into psychology. An overriding theme is whether a combination of these two disciplines can provide a defence of humane ideals. This culminates in a critical analysis of Nietzsche's anti-humane ideals. Full details available on Blackboard.

    A research essay contributes 33.3% to the final grade; the remainder is based on a two-hour final exam.

    This course is based on five themes:
    -Race and intelligence
    -Class and merit
    -Defending humane ideals
    -Our minds and God
    -Ethics and three psychologies

    Learning Outcomes
    The realisation that universities do not educate enough beyond narrow specialisations and that students must supplement that by wide reading and thinking


    Deary, I. J. (2001). Intelligence. Oxford University Press.
    Flynn, J. R. (2008). Where have all the liberals gone? Race, class and ideals in America. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
    Flynn, J. R. (2009). What is intelligence? Beyond the Flynn effect. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
    Flynn, J. R. (2012). Are we getting smarter: Rising IQ in the twenty-first century. Cambridge University Press
    Flynn, J. R. (2012). Fate and philosophy: A journey through life's great questions. Awa Press.
    Flynn, J. R. (2013). Intelligence and human progress: The story of what was hidden in our genes. Elsevier.
    Herrnstein, R. J., & Murray, C. (1994). The Bell Curve. New York: Free Press.
    Rushton, J. P. (1999). Race, evolution, and behavior (abridged ed.). New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers.

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