Bad Students: Philosophies of Resistance

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Philosophies of Resistance

Fall 2019

Taught By: Larry Jackson

Section: A

CRN: 7132

Credits: 3

Henry David Thoreau addressed Walden to “poor students”: those who would not absorb the lessons that they were taught in school and at home, but instead questioned their society’s practices and perhaps even changed them. Philosophy’s inquisitive methods could, in other words, become forms of resistance. This course is a philosophical study of the “bad students” whose ideas are challenging authorities, systems, traditions, and social conventions in the United States. We focus on three contemporary, interrelated movements: Black Lives Matter, Me Too, and Democratic Socialism, discussing their historical precedents and intellectual foundations. In addition to a careful study of these movements and the issues that they are confronting, students will examine such concepts as equality, race, and gender, while also considering the power of the state and the ethics of a profit-based economy. We then consider how students in the United States have viewed the university as a site for political activism by seeking—and achieving—educational reforms such as the creation of African American Studies programs. Readings include Angela Y. Davis, Chantal Mouffe, and Jacques Rancière. Since this is a course about movements, students will work collaboratively throughout the semester.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 20

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five 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: 9:10am 6/24/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 8/28/2019 - 12/11/2019