Assorted topics related to the field of education and education-related issues. May be repeated with different topics for credit. May not be taken pass/fail.
Spring Semester informationDerek Ford
290A: Tps:Radical Philosophy and Education
This course examines radical philosophy as it applies education, paying particular attention to the relationship between education and social transformation. To do so, it subjects fundamental assumptions about education to interrogation, exploring the political possibilities of ignorance, failure, weakness, authority, miscommunication, and forgetting. Students read contemporary works that relate educational theory to social movements against exploitation, oppression, and colonialism.
290B: Tps:Youth Geographies
This course explores young people's educational lives through a geographic lens - looking at how routes, movement, mapping, places, spaces, sounds, smells, safety, violence, and borders are integral to how we understand and work with young people. Building on theoretical tools from the fields of geography and education we will critically analyze and represent relationships of power and place that shape young people's lives, looking particularly at race, class, gender, sexuality, nation, neighborhood and language. Lastly, we will expand our geographic imaginations and practice by engaging in participatory mapping projects with young people in schools and communities.