Power and Ideas
Assoc Prof Reuben Wong

According to cultural theorists Marx, Hall, Foucault and Gramsci, the structures that support dominant ideas in society could be political, economic, religious or cultural. This course examines – through interactive discussions and fieldtrips - the power structures behind the dominant ideas of our time, asking why these structures have an interest in promoting or discrediting ideas about what is ‘good’ for our community and mankind. These ideas include race, gender, LGBT, democracy, meritocracy, and age of majority. We examine how these ideas intersect, complement or contradict each other; and learn how to unpack these ideas and make our own positions.


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