Sandel’s Justice is the Common Reader at Kennesaw State University

Michael J. Sandel’s Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? is the 2012 Common Reader at Kennesaw State University. In the fall, first-year students will enroll in one of four of Kennesaw’s First-Year Seminars: KSU 1101: The traditional seminar, KSU 1111: The globally-focused seminar, KSU 1121: The community service seminar, or KSU 1200: The leadership development seminar. Click here for details about the four different courses

Every first-year must take a seminar, either as an independent three-credit course or as part of a themed combination of courses called a Learning Community, but the choices offer freedom and flexibility.This curriculum is designed to appeal to a student body with diverse interests and goals, but all the seminars aim to develop students’ “life skills, strategies for academic success, campus and community connections, and foundations for global learning,” and Justice will be assigned reading in every class.

By reading the same book and discussing it in class, as well as attending related events on campus throughout the academic year, students will have a variety of opportunities to achieve KSU’s objectives for the program. They will:

  • gain reinforcement of the first-year seminar learning outcomes by participating in this program
  • engage in reading
  • join their peers in a common academic experience
  • be able to demonstrate a knowledge of academic, political, social, and world issues
  • explore the development of their individual identities
  • develop multicultural awareness

The Common Reader is an initiative of the KSU Department of First-Year Programs, a team of educators and administrators that also coordinates the First-Year Seminar and Learning Community programs and provides year-round support for the first-year class. One of their unique offerings is IT 2101: Computers and Your World, a digital literacy course for students who want to practice using and explore computing technologies.

Previous Common Readers at KSU include Paul Loeb’s Soul of a Citizen and Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone. Click here to see the other schools that have adopted these Popular Picks for common reading from Macmillan!

Justice • Farrar, Straus & Giroux Paperbacks • 320 pages