When:  Offered in the Autumn quarter.  A pre-registration survey will be sent via our listserv in the quarter before the course is offered.  You may also access it through the link on this page.

Who:  Open to all graduate students and postdocs.

Course Description and Learning Objectives 

Critical pedagogy is designed to challenge oppressive structures in order to build a stronger, flourishing democracy in which all people can freely participate and have influence. The aim of this course is to consider the role that critical pedagogy may play in classrooms of higher education and in our teaching practices. In order to address this issue, we will read theoretical literature on critical pedagogy and use that scholarship to consider what is appropriate or possible for our contexts. We will examine the emergence of critical pedagogy, its feminist, racial, and class-based critiques, and its subsequent development. We also will reflect on how this body of literature can inform pedagogical practices that are based on constructivist learning and inclusive teaching theories.

Students will be expected to read, reflect, discuss, and develop a course-based project that reflects their knowledge. Potential projects could include a new or revised syllabus, a specific learning activity, or an assessment. Students also will write a final reflection paper.

Please email Cheryl Richardson at richardsonc@uchicago.edu with any questions.