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For those of you that can still afford college there will be at Columbia University an anthropology course specifically directed at the Occupation. Grad students and juniors/seniors only, but it is a start to recognizing the depth of this social movement.

This course will open the door for a more thorough examination of the how's and why's of this Movement as well as educating some of the more insulated students about the realities facing their fellow Americans. This will also allow the spread of knowledge throughout academia as these students continue their academic journeys and in some cases become TA's.

Personally I think that sociology would also be a good perspective to study the Occupy Movement from but I have a bias based on my own limited education.

Sorry this links to the NY Post I apologize in advance for the unprofessional writing therein:

Does getting pepper-sprayed count as extra credit?

Columbia University is offering a new course on Occupy Wall Street next semester — sending upperclassmen and grad students into the field for full course credit.

The class is taught by Dr. Hannah Appel (right), who boasts about her nights camped out in Zuccotti Park.

As many as 30 students will be expected to get involved in ongoing OWS projects outside the classroom, the syllabus says.

The class will be in the anthropology department and called “Occupy the Field: Global Finance, Inequality, Social Movement.” It will be divided between seminars at the Morningside Heights campus and fieldwork.

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 ethnographi 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

Originally posted to Occupy Wall Street on Sun Jan 01, 2012 at 04:58 AM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

    by Horace Boothroyd III on Sun Jan 01, 2012 at 04:58:35 AM PST

  •  carbon copies of term papers (1+ / 0-)
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    can be mailed to the SEC.

  •  Colleges have often drawn upon those things that (2+ / 0-)
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    grip the imagination and have created courses around them. Pop art, culture, music for example have  been courses.

    This particular idea of coursework is interesting. Hands on or field work and not requiring that the student have an affinity towards the occupy movement. It is also interesting in that it is coming only about three months from the time of the Occupy inception (Sept 17, iirc.) Which I believe might qualify as record time for something to start percolating in academia land?

    We've seen artists get involved and musicians and actors and actresses and even Roseanne  Barr was there early on.

    This movement really has been blessed in many ways. It has triggered many occupies and it has pulled from the young the energies and  from the anonymous engine and Gene Sharp's writings strategies. And KO used it early on in his punditry and now has quite a video history in his library.

    I don't doubt that it will make a great course. It will be interesting to see however, which section of academia can make best claim for it.

    Congress is at 9% approval rating - within the +/- of making herpes more popular than congress! - Webranding

    by glitterscale on Sun Jan 01, 2012 at 07:01:59 AM PST

  •  Can an Occupy Studies Dept be far behind? nt (1+ / 0-)
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  •  The right-wing slime machine (2+ / 0-)
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    is no doubt rumbling toward Morningside Heights this morning.

    I hope Dr. Appel is bracing herself.

    If only donkeys could have elephant balls... Occupy!

    by chuckvw on Sun Jan 01, 2012 at 10:02:28 AM PST

    •  yep- i'll bet limbaugh will start it on monday (2+ / 0-)
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      when he gets back from vacation.

      the heritage foundation will have it ready for him on his desk and then hannity later, etc ., and she'll be getting death threats.

      making limbaugh the biggest PC cop in history

      and one of his 'father' stations is WABC right in NYC

      US universities contradict their mission statements and endorse climate denial, racism, sexism, and partisan lying by broadcasting sports on Limbaugh radio stations.

      by certainot on Sun Jan 01, 2012 at 11:16:01 AM PST

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  •  And people wonder why a college education (0+ / 0-)

    is not what it used to be.

    •  Yeah. What's the value of such a course? (0+ / 0-)

      I wouldn't give you two cents for it!

      Of course , if some of the students go on and do creative work and see the struggle enlarge and grow and deliver a huge turnover of the financial and legislative elites, then you might say its true worth is "priceless".

      If you think that you and a bunch of other people can just show up on Wall St, camp out and have any effect whatsoever.... well, you will be run off in 20 minutes., you will leave town having wasted your effort 6/18/11.

      by BeeDeeS on Sun Jan 01, 2012 at 07:43:39 PM PST

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