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In this course we will study and employ radical pedagogy as a lens through which to explore the intersections of religious education and community transformation. In essence, we explore the ways that education, particularly religious education, is powerful, political, transformative, and even radical. This course also pushes us to address the questions of “towards what ends” or goals do we hope to push education. Many proponents of radical pedagogy also embrace ideals of radical equality or democracy. To help us explore these issues, we will wrestle with contemporary questions about educational reform in public schools as well as ask the questions of what role religious education can play in addressing social justice concerns within our communities.
The foundational theorists and conversation partners in the course include public and religious educators, critical theorists, and community organizers. While this course directly draws upon experiences as persons of faith and working within in religious communities, the cases and readings for the course draw heavily on what might be called “secular” theorists and educators who focus on public educational arenas.
Students are expected to complete weekly readings (see syllabus for most up to date readings) and complete the following assignments:
1) CLASS PARTICIPATION: (15% of final grade)
2) I AM RADICAL Paper: (25% of final grade, 750 words)
3) Case Study and Class Presentation: (30% of final grade)
4) FINAL PAPER: (30%, 7-10 pages)
See syllabus and grading rubric.