Militarized Citizenship

HNR 340 - Militarized Citizenship

MySlice Info:

Term: Spring 2016
Class #: 48532
Section: M006
Credits: 3

Karen Hall

Counts toward:
HNR Hum, Interdisciplinary

Course Time(s):
T TH 9:30 - 10:50 am


Course Description:

“When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people; the giant triplets of racism, militarism, and economic exploitation are incapable of being conquered.” — Martin Luther King Cultural critique in the academy and in the media that exposed the negative impacts of the military industrial complex has long been shouted down, denied and called unpatriotic. Now, in the second decade of the twenty-first century, cultural critics and the general public are flooding all forms of media with outrage, analysis, protest, creative responses, testimonies and more. In this course, we will analyze various examples of militarization and the practices of everyday life it promotes in order to assess how profit motives, racism, militarism and exploitation interconnect to exert force within the cultural and social realms. From paint ball to video games to Humvees in local police departments to open carry activists walking the streets of their cities and towns, we will explore the ethical, political, and experiential dynamics of militarization.