Culture, the Arts, and Society - Hacking the World: Introduction to Critical Theory

CLLC-L210 / CLASS 6800 — Spring 2020

Cravens B
Days and Times
M/W 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m., 3 credits
Course Description

This semester we are “Hacking the World.” To hack something means to take a system, learn its parts and functions, and repurpose them to new ends. The practice of critical theory works much the same way. This class is a survey course that makes critical theory accessible for undergraduates. Critical theorists identify ways in which we are in bondage to certain ways of thinking, and these networks of thought limit what we can imagine and do. In this class we will consider: does learning the rules of a system free you from the system? Who are some of the major figures applying a hacker approach to religion, law, and politics? Are the systems of the world sustainable? Who is responsible for maintaining them? Why has critical theory been portrayed as difficult to study, and how can we hack into it?

SustainCollins course – open to all residents

Instructor: Jacob Boss

Collins Seminars: Selected by Board of Educational Programming (BOEP)