What Are Universities For?

Schools of Public Engagement: Social Sciences

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

What Are Universites For?

Spring 2023

Taught By: Julia Foulkes and Mark Larrimore

Section: A

CRN: 13323

Credits: 3

A university degree has long been seen as a route not only to individual achievement but also societal success. Education has been a pillar of social change, lifting many from poverty and contributing to the expansion of political and economic equality globally. As an environment dedicated to free inquiry, the university has provided the site for the generation of new knowledge and, increasingly, artistic creativity. Higher education, however, has also perpetuated discriminatory systems of knowledge, racial capitalism and coloniality, monopolized paths to certification of knowledge, and restricted access to the privileged. Is any system of higher education bound, intentionally or unintentionally, to reproduce the status quo? The New School’s history, by turns visionary and blind, offers an excellent vantage from which to explore global experiments in higher education. In conversation with New School legacies we will study how western ideas about the liberal arts and social research are being reimagined around the world; how the arts and design are changing higher education; and how new educational models might tackle some of the world’s largest challenges, such as climate change. A significant portion of the class will be spent on thinking through the history of education to design a university to meet the concerns of the 21st century.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Social Sciences (NSOS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:52am EST 11/27/2022

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 716

Date Range: 1/25/2023 - 5/10/2023