Power and Privilege: The Social Construction of Difference

This course is situated within a framework of sociopolitical development, informed by a range of critical theoretical perspectives, and advanced by an understanding of the nature of both individual and systemic change. Student will explore how institutions, social systems and individual experiences create and sustain systems of power and privilege that ensure access for some while excluding others. Students will begin to develop a critical understanding of the cultural, political, economic, and other institutional forces that perpetuate systems of privilege and oppression, and to develop a critical consciousness, reflective practice, and commitment to action in relation to the policy, curriculum, pedagogy, and practices they employ.