Democracy, Citizenship & Education
This course intends to expose participants to issues relating to democracy, citizenship and education through English. It opens spaces to reflect and think critically on questions like, what is democracy? What is citizenship? How is education understood? What role does education play in the development of ‘democracy’ and ‘citizenship’ in different cultural contexts? Should education be ‘bothered’ about democracy development and citizenship development? Why, and if so, how? What are the implications of these questions in the Colombian context and in the present post-conflict juncture? These questions are addressed in a learning environment that promotes exploration, reflection and analyses through extensive dialogue among the instructor and participants and with guest speakers in Colombia and abroad.
Students will be exposed to selected readings by the instructor relating to the issues above. They will also be invited to select their own readings in order to focus on particular themes and perspectives of their interest, thereby contributing to the learning process of the group at large. Going beyond a conception of democracy as a form of government, the course seeks to broaden this limited conception by introducing democracy as a way of life, among other possibilities.
Guest speakers in past semesters have included human rights activists, lawyers, clinical psychologists, ex-convicts, among others, both in Colombia and abroad, to promote multiperspectivism and provide participants with a broad picture of the subjects of enquiry.