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seminars > spring 2014 schedule > seminar: Self, Schooling, and the Social Order

 

Honors Seminars Spring 2014

Self, Schooling, and the Social Order

Course:
HON 295 Sec:001  
Credit:
3 hours  
GEP Category:
Social Sciences  
Time:
15:00-16:15  
Days:
MW  
Location:
HVC Conference Room  
Instructor:
Dr. Aaron J. Stoller
 
Description:

Paulo Freire wrote that there are only two approaches to education: either it is used to “bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom…” Freire, who was an educator, philosopher, and activist, imagined that education was a site of social and cultural resistance and, therefore, should become a form of freedom from the oppression of social norms and culturally defined roles. Different theorists and critics have imagined education otherwise: as a space where students become democratic citizens, as a method to socialize persons into an overly administrated society, as a space designed to cultivate personal identity, or as a way to train obedient workers. All of these educational imaginaries are a way of viewing the unique interrelationship between the self, schooling and the social order.

The purpose of this course is to examine several of these educational imaginaries through the lens of revolutionary texts in education. This course will, then, have a dual motion. We will first survey major social theories a way of understanding how societies and selves are related and structured. Secondarily, and within the context of those theories, we will read breakthrough texts in education: texts that challenge, redefine, and question not only the role schooling plays in society, but also how schooling serves as a way to produce particular types of citizens.