College Credit for Protesting?

by Karin on January 3, 2012 · 2 comments

The Occupy Wall Street movement seems to be slowing down. Some people don’t want to let that happen, so they are turning to our universities for the next generation of protesters. Our universities are showing that they are too often a training ground for leftwing activism.

Columbia University is offering a new course, “Occupy the Field: Global Finance, Inequity, Social Movement”. This doesn’t appear to be a course studying the movement or even better, comparing the dynamics with another protest movement such as the Tea Party Movement. Instead, unfortunately, this appears to be credit for protesting.

Here is the course description:

The course begins next semester and will be divided between class work at Columbia’s Morningside Heights campus and fieldwork that will require students to become involved with the Occupy movement outside of the classroom.

This doesn’t sound like a serious academic course. The class will be taught by Dr. Hannah Appel, who is described as a “veteran of the Occupy movement.” Were there any courses taught on the Tea Party Movement? I don’t remember hearing about any such courses. Maybe there was no need since there were more people at those.

Appel says that one of the problems that needs to be addressed is the messaging of the Occupy movement. The Occupy movement is struggling with the message, but that is because of the deeper problem of the lack of a clear understanding of economics. These students would likely better understand the movement (and be more marketable after college) if they signed up for an economics course rather than this anthropology course.

For our college readers, are there any courses like this offered on your campus?

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Richard Coutu January 23, 2012 at 11:51 am

Occupy wallstreet is not a left wing movement. Its a movement for anybody who is unhappy with the status quo in america. I held a sign that says obama is a liar and recieved great responses at the OWM rallies I went to. You people need to get with the program. The middle class is under attack and we are fighting back. Nothing partisan about it. Enlightened women believe there is nothing wrong when one of americas top corporations pays a negative tax rate? Take your heads out your asses and stop playing the fake left vs right game. You must see by now that neither party cares about America. Obama isn’t a liberal. Bush wasn’t a conservative. They are statists.

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Ben February 2, 2012 at 3:22 pm

That pretty harsh.

You telling me when a person tries to convince people that class struggle is inherent to progress, and we must destroy those who have a lot of money and redistribute the wealth isn’t left wing (in simplistic terms)?

Now I do agree that the current political spectrum used by the peasantry in America is simplistic and very flawed, but to say that this movement doesn’t have roots in Marxist orientation is very wrong (not that Marxism is “right” or “wrong” because life isn’t that black and white)

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