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Szentkirályi, Levente Instructor

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  • Dr. Szentkirályi’s interdisciplinary research interests bridge normative political theory with environmental policy, and broadly consist in environmental justice and the ethics of risk. His recent book, titled 'The Ethics of Precaution' (New York: Routledge 2019), explores why it is morally wrong for emitters to release substances into the environment whose health effects are uncorroborated. Contrary to convention, Dr. Szentkirályi argues that actions that create 'uncertain threats' of environmental harm wrongfully gamble with the welfare of those who may be exposed, and that despite the lack of knowledge of the health effects of exposure, emitters are morally obligated to strive to prevent exposing others to potentially harmful emissions. This work has practical implications on national and global environmental policy reform, as well as broad theoretical implications on issues of human rights, justice, and climate ethics—implications that his current research projects explore.

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  • environmental justice, moral responsibility and ethics of risk, food justice, climate ethics, human rights, corporate social responsibility, just war theory, teaching and learning in Political Science

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Teaching

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  • PHIL 3290 - War and Morality and the Enduring Struggle for Freedom
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2020
    Explores normative theories of just war, political obligation, and collective self-determination, and select empirical studies of the causes and effects of violent revolutions. Designed primarily for PHIL, PSCI, IAFS, and PACS students, this interdisciplinary course involves an intensive two-week abroad study in Budapest, Hungary, where students will visit diverse historical sites that bear out normative and empirical lessons learned in the classroom about collective armed conflict and the enduring struggle for freedom. Recommended prerequisite: Three hours of PHIL coursework.
  • WRTG 1150 - First-Year Writing and Rhetoric
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2021
    Rhetorically informed introduction to college writing. Focuses on critical analysis, argument, inquiry and information literacy. Taught as a writing workshop, the course places a premium on invention, drafting and thoughtful revision. For placement criteria, see the arts and sciences advising office. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • WRTG 3020 - Topics in Writing
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
    Through sustained inquiry into a selected topic or issue, students will practice advanced forms of academic writing. Emphasizes analysis, criticism and argument. Taught as a writing workshop, places a premium on substantive, thoughtful revision. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Department enforced prerequisite: WRTG 1150 or equivalent (completion of lower-division writing requirement).
  • WRTG 3030 - Writing on Science and Society
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Summer 2020 / Fall 2020 / Summer 2021
    Through selected reading and writing assignments, students consider ethical and social ramifications of science policy and practice. Focuses on critical thinking, analytical writing, and oral presentation. Taught as a writing workshop, the course addresses communication with professional and non-technical audiences. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • WRTG 3035 - Technical Communication and Design
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
    Rhetorically informed introduction to technical writing that hones communication skills in the context of technical design activities. Treats design as a collaborative, user-oriented, problem-based activity, and technical communication as a rhetorically informed and persuasive design art. Taught as a writing workshop emphasizing critical thinking, revision, and oral presentation skills. Focuses on client-driven design projects and effective communication with multiple stakeholders. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • WRTG 3040 - Writing on Business and Society
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Through selected reading and writing assignments, students examine ethical and social issues in the context of business decision-making processes. Focuses on critical thinking, analytical writing and oral presentation. Taught as a writing workshop, the course emphasizes effective communication with professional and non-technical audiences. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Department enforced prerequisite: WRTG 1150 or equivalent (completion of lower-division writing requirement).
  • WRTG 3045 - Writing for Emerging Workplaces
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    A rhetorically-informed professional writing course addressing key competencies needed in emerging workplaces. Intended for juniors and seniors from a wide range of majors who anticipate working in communication-intensive capacities. Taught as a writing workshop, with a focus on revision, critical thinking, and collaborative engagement. Key topics: professional correspondence, grant and proposal writing, writing for policy debates, data analysis and visualization, report writing, and advanced oral presentation and multimedia skills. Satisfies A&S Upper-Division Written Communication requirement.

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