Radical Pedagogy

Radical Pedagogy (2016)

Volume 13 Issue 1

ISSN: 1524-6345





Humanities 101: What I Have Learned From It... What I am Still Learning



James M. Czank

Faculty of Education

Lakehead University, Canada

E-mail: jmczank@lakeheadu.ca



Abstract

     Humanities 101 is a program discursively constructed around a belief in the beneficence of an entry-level education in the humanities for low-income and otherwise marginalized learners. It uses education to counter marginalizing social forces, the literature surrounding it often equating a university-level educational experience to power, privilege, and success. “Humanities 101: What I have learned from it... what I am still learning” is an account of the author’s observations of one such program, and the conclusions he drew regarding what a legitimate educational experience is about, and the complex social networks and discursive spaces such a program entails. 

     Keywords: education, Humanities 101, power, discursive space, non-traditional adult

                       learner, transformative learning, radical humanities