Oppositional Consciousness and Social Change

This seminar seeks to engage and build students’ oppositional consciousness in the service of imaginative and radical political, social and economic change. We will begin with two introductory sessions considering the relationships between structural violence and identity, and oppositional consciousness and futurity. We will then turn to themes shaping contemporary planning conversations, and use a range of interdisciplinary media representing oppositional perspectives to critically consider the planning field's ability to attend to, understand and address systems of power, domination and oppression. In the latter part of the course, our intention is to shift from the language of criticality to the language of possibility, using oppositional consciousness as a generative force for the articulation of alternative and liberatory possible futures.