CoursesUnderstanding Emergent Strategy
WRIT 0021-305

Understanding Emergent Strategy

How might our voices be heard and reach through the din of an ever-changing and increasingly complex world? This course seeks to introduce concepts and practices of critical engagement—with ourselves, with our communities, with the world—to help us learn how to amplify our voices through writing and other practices of engagement in civil discourse.

Through readings of adrienne maree brown’s Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and Holding Change: The Way of Emergent Strategy Facilitation and Mediation, we will dig deep into brown’s approaches to facilitation and mediation shaped by her 20+ years of experiences of social justice movement building and informed by her Black Feminist and Afrofuturist outlooks on changemaking.

Through these approaches, brown seeks to help readers weave together the individual, interpersonal, and socio-political aspects of our lives. Improving students’ practices of critical reading and writing is our concern in this course, and students will develop their research, analytical, metacognitive, and critical-thinking skills through writing assignments and peer workshopping.

Through draft and revision, students will be writing white papers, and public opinion pieces on topics of interest related to our course text.

As a Paideia-designated course, we will pay particular attention to issues relating to civic dialogue, personal & social wellness, and citizenship.

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