Deliberative Justice Capstone

Sergio Imparato"The Deliberative Justice Capstone offers a unique opportunity to discuss the greatest moral dilemmas of our time. In this program, we examine the issues that divide us, and strive to learn from each other through rigorous moral analysis. We will dig deep into the presumptions that underly our notions of what it means to be a good citizen. In engaging in better deliberative practices, we aspire to create a better future for our communities.”

— Sergio Imparato, Faculty

The Deliberative Justice capstone was designed to give Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) candidates in the fields of government and international relations the opportunity to conduct an in-depth moral analysis on a topic of their choice and produce a scholarly essay suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.

In consultation with the instructor, you'll select a moral problem that affects your social or political community, produce autonomous research to analyze it, and advance a moral argument on how to solve it. Throughout the semester, you'll receive feedback both from your peers and the instructor to aid the development of your project. Class meetings include moral debates on the students’ arguments, discussions focused on moral analysis methodology and peer-review examination of ongoing projects. Emphasis is placed on the identification of moral dilemmas that are relevant to democratic citizenship. The capstone program culminates with a formal presentation of your project to the class.

Capstone Faculty

Sergio Imparato, PhD, Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University.

Course Links

Precapstone Course: GOVT E-594 Deliberative Justice Precapstone: The Theory and Practice of Good Citizenship
Capstone Course: GOVT E-599c Deliberative Justice Capstone