PG 440

Political Theories of Education

This course explores political theories of education in order to consider questions of citizenship, membership, and power. How is education structured? Who structures it? For what (and whose) purpose is the education of citizens undertaken? Exploration of these questions reveals the dilemma of public education: that it can be designed for profoundly liberating or deeply oppressive aims. Students engage thinkers such as John Dewey, Paulo Freire, Pierre Bordieu, and bell hooks.

Prerequisites: Instructor permission required. Credit for 349 will not be granted to students who receive credit for 440.