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Columbia University to Offer New Class on ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Requiring Student Participation in Movement

One of the nation’s most prestigious universities will offer a course on the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement that will require student participation in the movement.

You can get college credit for that now, smarty-pants.

CBS New York reports that the class, titled “Occupy the Field: Global Finance, Inequality, Social Movement,” will be offered to upperclassmen and graduate students at Columbia University in New York City starting next semester. Coursework will be split between Columbia’s Morningside Heights campus and field studies that will require students to participate in the ‘Occupy’ movement’s activities.

The course will be taught by ‘Occupy’ activist Dr. Hannah Appel, a staunch supporter of the movement.

According to the Columbia University Department of Anthropology’s Spring 2012 Undergraduate course catalog:

ANTH V3897y Occupy the Field: Global Finance, Inequality, Social Movement 4 pts. Hannah Appel. Occupy the Field is a field-based course about Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy Movement more broadly. The course offers training in ethnographic research methods alongside a critical exploration of the conjunctural issues in the Occupy movement: Wall Street, finance capital, and inequality; political strategies, property and public space, and the question of anarchy; and genealogies of the contemporary moment in global social movements. Class time will be divided between fieldwork in an around the Occupy movement, and seminar at Columbia. In other words, this class will meet off-campus several times, and students will be expected to be involved in ongoing OWS projects, to be discussed in class. While the syllabus draws extensively on ethnographic and anthropological work, it is also broadly interdisciplinary, incorporating texts and approaches from sociology, political theory, economics, history, and primary source material from OWS and beyond. The class will also incorporate guest lecturers from Columbia and the wider intellectual and activist community. Dissenting voices of all kinds are encouraged in this class, and one need not have a particular orientation toward OWS to participate. REGISTRATION BY INSTRUCTOR’S PERMISSION ONLY.

Dr. Appel insists that her involvement with the ‘Occupy’ movement won’t hinder her ability to be an objective instructor.

“Inevitably, my experience will color the way I teach, but I feel equipped to teach objectively,” Appel told the New York Post. “It’s best to be critical of the things we hold most sacred.”


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  1. KenJanuary 18, 2012 at 1:56 amReply

    this is why education in the states is great. too bad a degree has become sort of a corporate tool for hiring, and ended up making it so costly…

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