How can we think critically about this world, both challenging the authorised version and resisting the pull of the secret, imaginary logic of conspiracy theories? How can we work together to develop a new approach to understanding our continuously changing world, in order to transform it? And how can this help to improve our own wellbeing?
Each session will start with a brief presentation followed by discussion and debate using the Zoom platform.
Week 1: Introductory session: Thursday, June 3, 18:30 – 20:00
Thinking critically is a crucial cognitive skill – it requires you to think about information, assess arguments and counter-arguments, who is presenting these ideas, where did they come from and in what direction are they taking you.
Week 2: Thinking about thinking; Thursday, June 10, 18:30 – 20:00
Apart from WHAT we think, does the prevailing education system, media, state propaganda try to influence HOW we think? If we start “thinking about thinking” we have to say what are ideas – what are they made of and where do they come from?
Week 3: Challenging “authorised thinking” : Thursday, June 17, 18:30 – 20:00
Introduction: “Authorised thinking” is a way of describing the views and policies of the dominant ruling groups and classes in society. At the end of this session you should be able to identify examples of “authorised thinking” or hegemony, how these are transmitted throughout society and the role they play in sustaining the status quo of capitalist power.
Week 4: The Conspiracy Club: Thursday, June 24 18:30 – 20:00
We hear a lot about conspiracy theories but how and why do they come about? The aim of this session is to show how these theories arise, develop, gain traction and attract ‘believers’.
Week 5. Graduation Day: Thursday July 1, 18.30-20.00
What did we learn and what could we do with it? Could it help frame our activity in the world? Introduction to RDM’s next course.