A central argument of this course is that education is not a neutral or “innocent” activity. Through both the form that it takes and by virtue of its content, education holds potential to be a wonderfully progressive force, or a repressive one. Most of the time, of course, it falls somewhere in the middle. In this course we’ll consider how different approaches to educating children and adults can support efforts to create a compassionate and fair society, but also how educational approaces might and have thwarted such efforts.

Education and Social Justice is good fit for students who welcome the opportunity to think critically about their own experiences and those of others, to think about the sort of society we seek to build, and to consider why education matters—not just for creating knowledge and expertise but also as means of creating a socially just society.

We meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 - 1:50 in 111 DKH (M) and 106B3 Engineering Hall (W).