Educative Violence and the Politics of Schooling
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Education Studies
Course Number: LEDU 3037
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
This seminar coalesces around exploring violence, both generally and in relation to education and schooling specifically. Our semester will takes us through an investigative maze of what we think it is, how violence has been studied, the various mechanisms through which it is enacted, and possibilities for interrupting its material and lived manifestations in the realm of everyday life. The course begins from the basic premise that violence always has a context and thus can never be understood solely in terms of its physicality. Rather, violence must be understood in relation to its social and cultural dimensions that provide its power and meaning. The central questions that will drive us in this course are: Where does violence come from and who/what enacts it? What counts as violence? Who speaks about violence? What is the relationship between knowledge about violence and action? What is the relationship between violence and education, violence and schooling? Readings draw upon the social sciences (primarily anthropology and sociology) as well as literature in the fields of political philosophy and violence studies to help us build a strong foundation upon which to discuss the relationship between violence and education. The class infused with an ethnographic sensibility that augurs a practical engagement with debates about violence and its consequences, moving beyond purely rhetorical discussions that make the academy feel remote from the real world.
Open to Undergraduate students.