10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR
Van Metre Hall (formerly Founders Hall) - Hybrid
Section Information for Spring 2022
Our lives feel precarious. Many of us are anxious about the future. And our ability to respond effectively to the social, economic, political, climate, ecological, and human crises of these times is undermined by a widespread sense of crisis fatigue. Together we will move beyond identifying and critiquing problems. Next System Studies involve the study of next system design, systemic movements, and system change. A rising tide of community-based movements and initiatives offer the possibility that from this period of systemic decay may emerge a next system that is more democratic, sustainable, and just. Students will engage directly with the experiences and ideas created through these initiatives. We also will draw from fertile fields of study in political economy, cooperatives, technology and society, transition studies, popular constitutionalism, the commons, sustainable design, revolutions and social transformation, activist praxis, and social movements. We will engage directly with ongoing next system efforts in the region and around the worldwide, meet with practitioners and policy experts, present and discuss readings and films in a seminar format, and perform group work relevant to communities directly served and affected by George Mason University.
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