This course will examine essential questions such as: How have recent generations of our families been impacted by economic policies? How can the stories of family shine a light on how the economy works/doesn't work for everyday people? We hope to capture some of these economic stories as a way to paint an intimate portrait of the economy through personal narratives, maps, timelines and photos. Having these stories and connecting them to political economic analysis of neoliberalism will offer a new way of illuminating everyday spaces within the economy. We will study the power of using storytelling as a tool to connect our own lives to the larger social, political, and economic contexts of recent decades and to help us learn key political economy and research concepts. This will be a project-based course with weekly Saturday online check-ins, workshops, and seminars, as well as weekly individual check-ins based on student availability.
NOTE: Students who take the course for more than 4 credits will have the option of doing additional independent projects and readings related to deepening the learning and work of the course. For the 8 credit students we will set up weekly meetings based on your availability. 12 and 16 credit students will complete the additional work over the full summer session. If you are unable to meet at the listed hours, but are still interested in the class, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can find a solution.
Our work will be conducted remotely. The faculty will offer alternative assignments if conditions or illness prevent students from accessing our synchronous (scheduled) meetings.
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Education, popular education, social movements, teaching and learning in diverse environments, community work, social work, nonprofits, economic justice, multicultural history and polycultural studies, graduate school in social science, history, law, geography and political economy, alternative justice systems, among others.