At the end of the semester, students should be able to:
acquaint themselves with social theories that account for the relationship between:
"power" (social structures that govern relations between individuals and groups) and
"ideas" (principles, norms, values held by a society at a given time);
understand and explain why certain ideas rise and fall in fashion over time, and in different locations;
critically question, analyse, and critique the foundations of such ideas (as expressed in local and international newspaper op-eds, political clips, etc) and relate them to contemporary national and global debates in the community;
- independently identify and evaluate ideas which they believe need to evolve, and critique these ideas’ underlying power structures.