LHA3104_Mojab_2013.doc - Department of Leadership Higher and Adult Education Ontario Institute for Studies in Education University of Toronto Adult

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Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto Adult Education and Marxism LHA 3104 Fall Session 2013 Dr. Shahrzad Mojab When Thursdays Office Hours Mondays, 2:00-4:00, Room 7-116 Where 7-192 Telephone 416-978-0829 Time 5:00-8:00 E-mail [email protected] COURSE DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVE This course offers students a rigorous examination of Marxist and Marxist-feminist analysis of social theory, ideology, consciousness, praxis, and revolution. The course offers theoretically deep reading of historical materialism perspective of Marxist tradition and method. The course intends to familiarize students with dialectical historical materialism as a mode of inquiry and analysis, to give student practice in reading original theoretical works, and to assist students in developing the skills to compare and contrast texts. The main objective of the course, however, is to deepen our theoretical knowledge through the reading of theory in its historical context. Students will develop this knowledge through two processes. First, they will familiarize themselves with the tradition of dialectical historical materialism developed by Marx in original works such as The German Ideology, Grundrisse , and Capital and various collected works. Examination of these readings will give special emphasis to the core theoretical categories of the critical/radical tradition of adult education such as ideology, consciousness, praxis, labor value, mode of production, socialism and revolution. Second, students will use a working knowledge of these original texts to engage with the tradition of critical adult education that has developed from a Marxist analytic base, including critical theory, critical pedagogy, Freirian popular education, Habermassian or Gramscian theory. Through these readings students will develop a comprehensive knowledge of the scope and depth of Marx(ist) and Marxist- feminist theorization of the field of adult education, related bodies of work, and modes of inquiry. They will also develop an important understanding of some of the key debates of adult education, including human capital theory; theory and practice; agency and structure; revolution and reform; community organizing; and movement building. In this course we will also learn about the ties that bind adult education, capitalism, and imperialism. We also study the pervasive influence of global capitalist economy on the field of adult education in order 1) to engage in a critical analysis of the political, social, cultural, and economic components of the field of adult education, 2) to critically analyse our own practice as adult educators, and 3) to discuss the role of adult education in enhancing and supporting fundamental social change.
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