Thematic Threads

Fall 2022

Explore intellectual themes that connect courses across disciplines, to examine more closely the question:

Are we moving toward a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all?

As you’re planning your schedule for this fall, you may select from a variety of class sections addressing each theme.

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Social Justice

A goal and a process.  A principle that guides us to judge what we collectively believe is right or wrong within society. Social Justice moves us to act in ways that emphasize what is right and builds solidarity and capacity for collaborative action. It is grounded in everyday, human actions and interactions. Promoting social justice may involve scrutinizing established institutions in a society to ensure fair and equitable administration of resources for all its members.  This includes challenging injustice, rebelling against unfair norms, and creating structures and interactions that empower people to exercise self-determination and realize their full potential builds solidarity and community capacity for collaborative action.

FPF classes in the Social Justice Thread:


The notion of belonging and other forms of membership – legal, political, moral – in a community. Not all people living within a community are citizens, and not all citizens share the same backgrounds, so questions about inclusion and exclusion can include: status based on birthright citizenship, naturalization, permanent residence, temporary workers, or refugee status; it can also include and diversity within each of those statuses.

FPF classes in the Citizenship Thread:


The most populous state in the U.S., and the third largest state in land area. It has the largest GDP of all 50 states, and if California were its own country, it would rank 5th in the world. Explore the diversity of the state through many different lenses, including: geography, demography, economy, art, architecture, and cuisine.  Consider both how Californians contribute to local lifeways, as well as their impact on national and international relations.

FPF classes in the California Thread: