Instructor: Brad Evans, PhD
Course Description: Prof Evans is widely considered on of the foremost theorists on violence. This seminar offers a unique opportunity for you to interact with his work and to better identify, characterize and analyze violence in culture and history.
Be Challenged: This course is live and interactive. You can take it just for enrichment or you can take it Pass/Fail. If you pass the course you will receive 1 Silver GCAS token. Earn 5 GCAS Silver tokens, and receive one Gold GCAS Token plus a free course. 2 Gold GCAS Tokens = 1 Platinum GCAS Token. 1 Platinum Token = 100 GCAS Dollars. GCAS Dollars are for you to use to purchase GCAS books and other goods we'll sell starting in our online bookstore starting January, 2018. In addition to a school we're starting to build an economy based on knowledge and ideas not on profits. Join us!
To pass the course, you will need to respond in the class forum at least 2 times between lectures or sessions (see schedule below). Each time must be at least 150 words. Respond to the lecture or respond to someone else's response and help create the conversation inside the online classroom. You can also write a blog post (no more than 1,000 words) about the course. If we publish it, you will receive an additional 1 GCAS Silver Token (2 maximum GCAS Silver Tokens per course).
Although we strongly encourage you to attend the lectures live online in our Platform (see below for how to join) it's not required for you to pass the course. You just have to view the recordings, which will be uploaded inside the course in your GCAS E-School virtual classroom.
Schedule and Meeting Times: Forthcoming Spring, 2018
How to use and join our platform:
We use the very simple on-line platform: Big Blue Button (BBB).
Here’s how you join: click on the Big Blue Button link. (http://gcas.blindsidenetworks.net/gcas/) > Sign-in > Select your course's Classroom name (which will be put-up on BBB) > Password: researcher505
Here’s a tutorial for Big Blue Button: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHTZvbL1NT4
We recommend that you have a good to very good internet connection (this is crucial so you can fully experience the interactions between you and other participants (we call them researchers) and the instructor.
Brad Evans, PhD is a political philosopher, critical theorist and writer, whose work specialises on the problem of violence. The author of some ten books and edited volumes, along with over fifty academic and media articles, he serves as a Reader in Political Violence at the School of Sociology, Politics & International Studies, the University of Bristol, UK.
Throughout 2015-17, Brad was invited to lead a dedicated series for The New York Times (The Stone) on violence. This series featured personal reflections and conversations with the likes of Simon Critchley, George Yancy, Zygmunt Bauman, Gayatri Spivak, Henry A. Giroux, Simona Forti, Bracha L. Ettinger and Richard Bernstein.
Brad is currently the lead editor for dedicated section on violence and the arts/critical theory with The Los Angeles Review of Books. Discussion pieces for this column have included Oliver Stone, Gottfried Helnwein, Alfredo Jaar, Marina Abramovic, Neo Muyanga & John Akomfrah, amongst others.