Participatory Community Engagement I
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Department: Milano General Curriculum
Course Number: NMGM 6014
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
Do you want to learn how to facilitate dialogue around difficult social justice issues? Are you concerned with mass incarceration and structural inequality? In the yearlong Participatory Community Engagement course students will design and facilitate dialogues and community building activities associated with the Humanities Action Lab’s Global Dialogues on Incarceration Project and in partnership with Groundswell Murals. This course has two primary goals. First, students will gain an understanding of the theory behind participatory community development, popular education and critical pedagogy. Students will read about and collectively discuss questions of powerlessness, marginalization, poverty, and inequality and how grassroots participatory processes have inspired community driven approaches to addressing these enduring problems. Students will also engage with academic critiques in order to learn how to critically evaluate participatory models. Second, through partnerships with local organizations and communities students will experiment with key participatory strategies. Through practice, theory, and dialogue students will learn the promises and also the inherent challenges of using participatory methodologies as a vehicle for social change. Students must commit to the full year course, the non-traditional Wednesday + Saturday retreat schedule, and out of class time working with community partners.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions


Open to Graduate students.