AY 2021-22: Democratic Classrooms: Theory and Practice CTAL6021

Course Description: 

Pedagogy and democracy have a long and storied history of interaction. From Socrates' dialogues about citizenship to the role of citizen intellectuals as dissidents in the Eastern Bloc, philosophers, educators, and policymakers have, for centuries, treated teaching as a means through which to impart values related to civic engagement, democratic practices, and broad notions of citizenship. But what would it mean to not just teach democracy, but create democratic classrooms?

This four-week, seminar-style course introduces participants to the theories and practices of democratic classrooms. It enables participants to explore and apply concepts of freedom, equality, self-realization, co-participation, and more, in relation to pedagogical theories, their own teaching philosophies, and their own teaching practices. It considers democracy and its constitutive practices as (potentially) active forces shaping learning environments. Because it is centered on classrooms, rather than on broader higher education institutions, it acknowledges but does not focus on policies beyond the competence of lecturers, such as universities' relationship to the state, funding, or student access. Rather, it provides participants knowledge and tools to create democratic classrooms, including in relation to themes of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

This online course is open to all OSUN PhD students, faculty, and qualified members of staff.

Spring term:
April 27 - May 18, 2022 - Online
Wednesdays, 3:40-5:40 p.m.

CEU doctoral students please register through SITS.

OSUN PhD students, faculty, and interested staff members please apply through this form.