The Civil Rights Movement and Education in Global Context

Discipline: History
Instructor: Alridge
Credits: 3

Field Work: Day 6 - Thursday, 3 March | India Download Syllabus

The Civil Rights Movement and Education in Global Context intersects the fields of intellectual and civil rights history and explores ideas of equality, democracy, and social justice from the civil rights era of the 1950s and 1960s to the present. At the core of this course is the argument that the ideas of civil rights era activists and educators in the United States influenced and were influenced by their counterparts in social movements in Japan, China, South Africa, Ghana, and other countries in Asia and Africa. As such, this course casts the civil rights movement in a global context as a social and educational movement for civil and human rights. The term education in the course title denotes something larger than formal schooling. In this course, we refer to education as the broad dissemination of knowledge shared by civil rights activists in the United States and social movement activists in destination countries for Spring 2016 Semester at Sea.

Field Work

Country: India
Day: 6 - Thursday, 3 March

The purpose of this field lab is to explore Mahatma Gandhi's ideas about caste and class and his views on nonviolence as a means of transforming people and society.. The lab will include a discussion with volunteers and officials at the Mahatma Gandhi Trust, discussion and engagement with the people in the Cochin community about caste and class, and a visit to school in Cochin.

Academic Objectives:
1. Learn about the untouchables and caste in India.
2. Discern the similarities between Gandhi’s and King’s ideas on nonviolence.
3. Learn about nonviolence as a viable social movement strategy today.