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WGSS 403
The Pedagogy of Liberation Spring 2021
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity

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Education is inherently political, and politics necessarily involves pedagogy. Who should teach, what is taught, how it is taught, and why it is taught are questions hotly debated at all levels and in all sites of education because the answers have implications for societal reproduction or transformation. Politicians, activists, even family members at the dinner table all seek to educate in ways that incline us toward particular political positions. At the heart of this class stands the question: if different pedagogies point us in different political directions, then what kind of pedagogy or pedagogies serve the end of liberation from oppression and why? Are there certain pedagogical “goods” that reliably serve the goal of liberation across sites? Or do different sites require different approaches? To begin to answer these questions, we will engage a variety of thinker-teachers and groups known for their commitment to a “pedagogy of liberation.” While feminist thinkers will be foregrounded, we may also look to thinker-teachers who and groups that do not claim this label. In addition to engaging texts which reflect on different aspects of radical pedagogy (content, form, method, etc.) and radical pedagogy in different settings (the college classroom, the social movement headquarters, the home), we will witness radical pedagogy in practice. Moreover, we will enact various radical pedagogical strategies in our own classroom and beyond.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 10
Class#: 4476
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: Preference will be given to WGSS majors.
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
DPE Notes: This class is concerned with the relationship between pedagogy and equity - how can pedagogy be leveraged to combat oppression and encourarge equity? In it, students will gain not just insight on, but practice in enacting radical democratic pedagogies that flatten power differentials and encourage effective engagement across difference.
Attributes: WGSS Theory Courses

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