Critical pedagogy and social justice education are concepts, which compliment one another. Freire (1968) provided the blueprint in his groundbreaking work the Pedagogy of the Oppressed for learning and teaching practices to transform the role of teachers and students. Employing the works of critical pedagogy, social justice education, philosophy, critical theory, ethnic studies, feminist studies, and sociology, this interdisciplinary course, facilitated by Dr. Durene Wheeler, seeks to explore and examine the foundational narratives from multicultural education to social justice education.

This Graduate Equivalency Course (GEC) examines concepts in an effort to identify and implement social justice teaching, multicultural teaching, culturally relevant pedagogy, and critical pedagogy as it relates to understandings of how social, cultural, political, and historical actions and beliefs have shaped education and curriculum throughout society and academia in the United States. We will explore scholarship addressing the intersections of culture, language, ability, class, gender, and economics to name a few agents influencing “What We Teach, How We Teach, and even Who We Teach”. This course is not exclusively about the discipline of education, but provides universal thoughts to consider toward creating a classroom conducive to all learners and their special talents and skills.

Questions? Please contact the Academy at 847.925.6174, academy@harpercollege.edu.