How can cooperation enable us to become more active and experience more joy?
Engaging in imaginative and collaborative action we can explore the ways that our habitual perceptions of reality shape our encounters. Simultaneously, we can actively imagine ways of relating that disrupt existing conditions.
We will consider this as the jumping off point for thought experiments and collaborative play, using our whole selves in composition with others. The World Studies Lounge will be our laboratory for engaging with and mobilizing the reading, getting a felt sense of how ideas can be practically applied. Using a variety of methods, some self-created, others drawing from Theatre of the Oppressed, Nonviolent Communication, and the field of Somatics, we will stage encounters and act out events. Journaling, art making, and discussion will give us tools to reflect on and express our experience, deepening our understanding of how we relate to self, and how we relate to the world. Through collaborative work and play we will begin to explore what is created in common. What will we do with it?
- To actively increase awareness of self in a social and political context
- To inspire social movement/political action
- To examine individual and group dynamics, and the range of possibilities for action and expression
- To open to and delight in difference
- To create common ground
- To give voice to individual and shared experience
- To stage three events that share our findings and may relate to current Marlboro College politics
Class participation Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 20%
Preparation for and participation in Community Labs Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 35%
Attendance Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 15%
Journaling Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 15%
Final written reflection Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 15%
Openness to new ideas, new methods, and new encounters. In many ways, this class will build itself. Students should be willing to say when something is not working for them, and to generate ideas collaboratively for how to make it better.
Students must feel committed to being present and participating with the group wholeheartedly
Each student will be required to do weekly readings and keep a journal throughout the semester. Engagement with the reading will be known by class participation and written reflection. The journal will be used both in and out of class to reflect on experience and insight, and to explore more specific prompts based on readings, class discussion, or imagined scenarios
In addition, there will be a final written reflection on the course (which could take a less traditional form, such as a zine or pamphlet)
Participation in events, which includes preparing for the events (which will generally require some additional work done outside of class)