Course Description for EDST 565

“Pedagogy of the Oppressed Revis(it)ed: Freire, Illich, and Liberation Theology”

In the English-speaking field of educational studies, the tradition of “critical pedagogy” is usually understood through the triple lens of Henry Giroux, Peter McLaren, and Michael Apple. These authors, and the tradition in general, all cite the enormous influence of Paulo Freire. This, however, has led to a problematic “common sense” assumption that North American critical pedagogy corresponds directly to Freire’s Latin American imagination. For this reason, this course will not focus on the question or theme of critical pedagogy. Instead, the class will study the educational philosophy of Freire, based primarily in Pedagogy of the Oppressed, in relation to his lesser-known contemporary, Ivan Illich, and the even less understood Latin American tradition of liberation theology (i.e., Gustavo Gutierrez, Leonardo Boff, Enrique Dussel, et al).

No previous exposure to philosophy of education or Freire is expected or required; the course will consist of primary texts and expository writing; readings and writing will be in English, but there will be a “Spanish option” available for both.

Instructor: Samuel D. Rocha, Ph.D.

(New Book: A Primer for Philosophy and Education)