Coursework: Philosophy 335 (3 credits) and Sociology 430 (3 credits)
This is an Arts Research Abroad (ARA) funded program. ARA is a generous funding body made of the Faculty of Arts – Dean’s Office, Anonymous Donors and Go Global that supports research intensive Global Seminars. ARA Funding provides eligible students 70% of funding for the Program Fee, and a budgeted flight. Please read the details in the Eligibility and Program Fees and Costs for greater detail.
Philosophy 335 and Sociology 430 begin by together examining classical theories of oppressive power and civil society offered by European theorists struggling to understand the complexities of emerging modern industrial society (De Las Casas, Hobbes, Rousseau, Marx and Mill, Arendt and Marcuse). Our encounter with the colonial experience as narrated from the perspective of the dominated resituates and problematizes this narrative; the impacts of globalization on a developing country highlight new questions about structural oppression and the potential for civil society resistance. More recent theorists of power, oppression and civil society complement and illuminate the particular instances we encounter in-country of groups confronting gender and ethnic oppression, systemic violence and the oppressive nature of extreme poverty. Students research topics of their choice relating the course themes to the local environment.