Systems of Control; from Fascism to Communism
Teacher: Jesse Burch
Class Fees: $235 or $215 if taking more than 2 classes per quarter
Mat Fees: $25
Homework: Some reading will be done outside of class, as well as research and writing
In this class we will first look at the difference between the words "control" and "oppress". While all of the systems we will look at will be used to control, we will come up with a suite of questions to understand the differences between control and oppression. Students will have to read prior to the class and utilize class time to learn the historical context of the system. We will learn where fascism (or any of these systems) has been used, why some people feel it belongs on the far right and some people feel it belongs on the far left of the political spectrum, what are the basics of why it was used, and why it is considered a failed ideology. Each week we will discuss how this system is used to control, what are the pros and cons of the system, where slippery slopes start and how to recognize them.
To help us understand these systems, we will use documentaries, primary sources and interpretive resources. Students will be expected to write a paper that explores one system in depth or comparing two or more systems to each other.