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Land and Justice: For Sale

In this seminar students contemplate the complicated concept of land ownership. On what legal basis should people own land? Is the right to ownership irrevocable? Students role-play a hypothetical scenario in which the U.S. government seeks to restore Native Americans to their historic homelands by asking current landowners to sell their land and move. Students explore how a similar situation is playing out in modern-day South Africa. Ideas and opinions are presented in a mock-trial format.

Faculty: Victoria Fernandez - Language Arts 7

Dates Offered

October 5, 2018
October 26, 2018

Explore More

Interested in exploring this topic more deeply?

  • Go to: This article in The Guardian reports on India’s decision to grant legal rights to rivers, in the same status as humans.

  • Podcast: RadioLab’s Dying Embers podcast wrestles with the question of when a town really dies and why it is so hard to leave a place called home.

  • Movie night: Still Mine is the story of an elderly couple fighting to remain in the place they call home. Rated PG-13.

Why Question the Land?

Land, and its connection to notions of home, community, and legacy, evokes primal feelings. The seminar environment provides the time and space to delve deeply into complicated philosophical, emotional, and pragmatic aspects of land ownership. This seminar develops skills in leadership, critical thinking, global learning, cultural competence, and communication.