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Freire's notion of cultural action forms the basis for this course on how to understand and examine the cultural environment around us, including everyday values, ideologies and beliefs.

This is a course on understanding how social movements and faith communities can act as agents of change, and the forces blocking them; the collective myths and underlying conflicts in the environment or groups with which we work; and tools for the analysis of change - how interventions can reinforce or transform the social reality.

Topics

  • Paulo Freire’s notion of cultural action.
  • The concept of conscientization in Freire’s work.
  • Key thinkers in culture, ideology and belief
  • Social conformity and nonconformity.
  • The state and hegemony.
  • Issues around class, identity, race and gender.
  • Faith-based movements.
  • Secularization and fundamentalism.
  • The idea of a global ethic and its possibilities.


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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Quick Start

    • Welcome and Introduction

    • Course Syllabus

    • Tasks and Assignments

  • 2

    Introduction: Paulo Freire and Cultural Action

    • Seminar: Paulo Freire and Cultural Action

    • Key Learning Exercise (CS4401-01)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W4-01)

  • 3

    Antonio Gramsci and the Study of Hegemony

    • Seminar: Antonio Gramsci and the Study of Hegemony

    • Key Learning Exercise (CS4401-02)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W4-02)

  • 4

    Class and Culture

    • Seminar: Class and Culture

    • Key Learning Exercise (CS4401-03)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W4-03)

  • 5

    The Role of Intellectuals

    • Seminar: The Role of Intellectuals

    • Key Learning Exercise (CS4401-04)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W4-04)

  • 6

    Conscientization

    • Seminar: Conscientization

    • Key Learning Exercise (CS4401-05)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W4-05)

  • 7

    Critical Social Theory

    • Seminar: Critical Social Theory

    • Key Learning Exercise (CS4401-06)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W4-06)

  • 8

    Popular Culture, Public Opinion and Social Consciousness

    • Seminar: Popular Culture, Public Opinion and Social Consciousness

    • Key Learning Exercise (CS4401-07)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W4-07)

  • 9

    Identity and Postmodernity

    • Seminar: Identity and Postmodernity

    • Key Learning Exercise (CS4401-08)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W4-08)

  • 10

    Semiotics, Ideology and Cultural Production

    • Seminar: Semiotics, Ideology and Cultural Production

    • Key Learning Exercise (CS4401-09)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W4-09)

  • 11

    Belief Systems and Secularization

    • Seminar: Belief Systems and Secularization

    • Key Learning Exercise (CS4401-10)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W4-10)

  • 12

    Conclusion: Revisiting the Culture of Silence

    • Seminar: Revisiting the Culture of Silence

  • 13

    Course Completion

    • Assignment 1: Learning Journal

    • Assignment 2: Social Analysis Workbook

    • Assignment 3: Essay