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Social justice work requires a critical understanding of the structures that support systemic oppression and the tools to resist and transform those systems. Hone your critical analysis skills, explore strategies of intervention, and create transformative justice through a hands-on community-based project.

This course sequence bridges the realms of art, politics, and social action to address contemporary issues of racial injustice, environmental crisis, global capitalism, and gender violence. The sequence begins with a course on the history of art and activism, exploring and critically engaging the creative vision of artists as they address social and political crises. Does art merely represent or critique the state of the world, or can its production transform social relationships and disrupt oppressive social structures? In the second semester, choose an elective from a selection of politics, sociology, or environmental studies courses to allow you to expand and refine your critical analysis of today’s world. How have race, class, and gender functioned historically to help produce today’s environmental crisis and systems of oppression? How can we begin to dismantle those systems? The final capstone semester will give you a chance to apply your growing critical and creative thinking skills in a project based in the Ithaca community.

Throughout the program, we’ll participate in the Center for Culture, Race and Ethnicity’s annual discussion series, which brings together scholars, performers, and activists from around the country to foster critical dialogues about intersectional oppressions and modes of resistance.

Please contact Professor Jennifer Jolly for more information.

Applications through the IC-Connect portal are now being accepted. After applying to Ithaca College you will receive your login for IC-Connect.