CHID 250 A: Special Topics: Introduction To The History Of Ideas

The Politics of Life

Course Flyer: 
Summer Term: 
A-term
Meeting Time: 
TWThF 10:20am - 12:30pm
Location: 
MGH 085
SLN: 
10768
Instructor:
Maria Elena Garcia
María Elena García

Syllabus Description:

This seminar invites students to think deeply and critically about the broad theme of life. Drawing on scholarly, literary, and visual texts, we will move from discussions about current concerns over race and immigration, to considerations of Indigenous sovereignty and the politics of extraction. Finally, we will expand discussions of life to include non-human others. What happens when we consider the possibility that rocks listen and “earth-beings” (such as rivers and glaciers) speak? It is my hope that our rigorous examination of these and other issues will serve as windows through which we can view the workings of alterity, marginalization, and vulnerability, as well as survey pathways to alternative and better futures.

Additional Details:

This seminar invites students to think deeply and critically about the broad theme of life. Drawing on scholarly, literary, and visual texts, we will move from discussions about current concerns over race and immigration, to considerations of Indigenous sovereignty and the politics of extraction. Finally, we will expand discussions of life to include non-human others. What happens when we consider the possibility that rocks listen and “earth-beings” (such as rivers and glaciers) speak? It is my hope that our rigorous examination of these and other issues will serve as windows through which we can view the workings of alterity, marginalization, and vulnerability, as well as survey pathways to alternative and better futures.

Catalog Description: 
Examines a different subject or problem from a comparative framework. Satisfies the Gateways major/minor requirement. Offered: AWSp.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Writing (W)
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
March 15, 2017 - 2:18pm