BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

School of Economics and Social Sciences (SESS)


Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award

Spring 2023

Date of Submission



Yumna Fatima, Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

Access Type

Restricted Access


This comprehensive review examines the intricate relationships among political correctness, political tolerance, and critical thinking. Contrary to the initial hypothesis, a weak positive correlation between political correctness and critical thinking was identified, challenging common assumptions. The perceived role of political correctness in both promoting tolerance and potentially inhibiting free expression was explored, along with the differing moral foundations of political ideologies. The contemporary challenges in our digital age, particularly misinformation, radicalization, and filter bubbles, were assessed with an emphasis on the crucial role of education and awareness in mitigating these issues. The paper also highlights the importance of reflexivity as a component of critical thinking. The intersection of political correctness, ethical values, and public policy was probed without leaning into specific case examples. The paper concludes with an exploration of academic freedom debates, especially within the context of political correctness on university campuses. The findings invite further research and promote deeper understanding of these complex, intertwined phenomena.



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