19 May 2017
Ground Level Library
Blended social stratification and inequalities course is aimed at uniting AUCA sociology students and representatives of underprivileged communities of Bishkek (LGBT, sex workers, people with disabilities, victims of gender violence, vulnerable women, etc.) to foster the learning and discussion of social inequalities in theory and practice in realities of Kyrgyzstan.
It is a very common problem for Kyrgyzstan’s educational system that information, data, policies given in text books are far away from realities practiced and reproduced at the moment. Especially, discussion of social inequalities usually is not based on experiences of those who are actually treated unequally and suffer discrimination.
The blended course follows an academic program combining actual classical face-toface in-class lecture/seminar discussions and web-based online learning. The digital part of the course is based on online system, where theoretical and practical information are allocated.
Within course requirements, students use internet social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, local internet magazines and forums, to interact with underprivileged communities and document their experiences. The course uses online forum blog posts to raise awareness among wider community about existing social arrangements of Kyrgyzstan’s inequalities, to help marginilized to be heard in the online space, to critically analyze discourses of existing online forums and discussions, where victims of violence communicate, to connect analyzed experiences through existing classical and contemporary social theories of conflict and inequality. The course allows for a research element focused on thenarratives of these marginalised communities and how they communicate sensitive and personal issues with the outside world.