Featured Hybrid Course
in Theory & Practice (POLT 584)
January 3, 4, 5, 6 meet at Camp Merrowvista, Tuftonboro, NH
January 7-18 course continues 100% online
CRN: 30069, Credits 4.0
Instructor Bio: Marla Brettschneider, Ph.D.
This hybrid course features online study plus a retreat at Camp Merrowvista in Tuftonboro, NH. You’ll use the spirit and lessons developing in the Occupy movement to study, critique, and enact radical and participatory democratic theory and practice. You will engage in a critical examination of Occupy and democratic theory and spend four days together to learn in creative, active, personal, and collective ways to innovate and energize principles of radical democracy for our time.
Camp Merrowvista is an eco-educational, experiential learning site one hour north of the Durham campus. The camp’s leaders will help you take the academic concepts of democratic theory and translate them into activities in order to test, live out, and experiment with the concepts.
This course has a $35 non-refundable application fee and requires a $100 nonrefundable deposit.
Questions for Marla Brettschneider, Ph.D
What most interested you about this subject matter?
Most interesting is that people think they know what democracy is, but once you start to look at it closely, my classes usually rock the students’ world (in good ways!) challenging their most basic assumptions, getting them to think about things they didn’t even know there were to think about. A good critical look at democracy empowers us to become critical thinkers and in the process much more engaged citizens. By taking democracy seriously I also always then expect students to work on SITUATING THEMSELVES and taking their own selves as citizens/activists seriously. In the case of this class this last part gets a HUGE boost, by putting ourselves out there in person in this eco-ed, experiential learning center together as part of the academic/theoretical study.
Do you have a philosophy about learning?
My philosophy is embedded in my response above as my content and pedagogy are always connected. Deep, meaningful, high level learning in political theory and how to do this, as I teach the skills to do so along with the content—enables deeper, higher level and critical thinking. It requires students to explore what is meaningful and important to them as they also learn subject matter, thus it empowers students in their personal lives as well as their student and work worlds, and of course makes for better, more active and engaged critical thinking citizens.