Portland State University has rejected a course on “Conservative Political Thought” because it’s apparently not inclusive enough.
Professor Bruce Gilley offered to teach the course, which would have been part of a graduate curriculum at the Portland, Oregon, school.
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Gilley — who previously taught the course on conservative political thought on a rotating basis — proposed the concept of the course for the Fall 2019 semester on a more permanent basis.
However, administrators at Portland State University rejected the course, according to the Washington Examiner, because the material was reportedly not inclusive enough to foster a welcoming environment for all students at the university, and, more specifically, within the political science department.
Gilley insisted that the materials in the course would “represent a broad diversity of voices” and be “culturally responsive.”
Such promises apparently weren’t enough, because administrators felt that Gilley’s application “did not support the University commitment to access and inclusion” and denied it on those grounds.
According to the outlet, Gilley taught the class two other times “but under a different course number, which is associated with ‘Selected Topics.'” Gilley’s fall proposal, if approved, would have made the course more regular.
In his application for the class, Gilley wrote, “It is a crucial missing part of the political theory offerings of the department. The enrollment has justified a permanent course number.”
Gilley argued for the permanence of the course because current course offerings within the political science department “as well as related normative courses in other departments tend to downplay, indeed generally ignore, conservative normative arguments, except as objects of ridicule.”
Gilley also added that such a course would help to “enhance diversity of opinion, ideas, and political viewpoint offerings” at the school and within the political science department.
You can read more about Gilley’s proposal below.
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