Language and Politics
Flakne M,R 2:00-3:20 CHL 221
Does language, as a reflection of reason, provide a neutral space to negotiate interests and coordinate action? Or is language, as constructing selves and subjectivity, an original and determining site of domination and/or distortion? This course will examine the ways in which ideas about language have influenced recent political philosophy. Readings will include such authors as Mill, Marx, Althusser, Arendt, Habermas, Rawls, Foucault, Butler, and Benhabib.
Brain T,R 9:00 – 10:20 CHL 224
This course explores central issues and concerns of modern social theory through an examination of the works of four major thinkers: Alexis de Tocqueville, Karl Marx, Max Weber, and Emile Durkheim. The course is designed to focus on key issues raised by a few important theorists rather than attempt to survey the range of classical or contemporary theory. Critical reading of these works will serve as an introduction to recurring themes, fundamental orientations, and epistemological dilemmas in modern social thought. Meets Liberal Arts Curriculum Requirement. Not open to first year students. Class size limited to 25 students.
Contemporary Social Problem Analysis
Dello Buono W 12:30 – 3:20 LBR 154
This intermediate level course explores a variety of sociological perspectives used to analyze contemporary social problems. Using insights from social movements theory, political economy and the sociology of law, we will develop a critical, dialectical approach for tackling a diverse set of problems such as poverty, racism, sexism, environmental crises, and others. Special emphasis will be placed on demonstrating the increasingly global character of 21st Century social problems. Students will have ample opportunity to apply course materials through an in-depth research project on a selected social problem.
Prerequisite: At least one prior course in sociology is recommended.
Activist Anthro Tutorial
Figuring out how to squeeze in another ISP besides the one this upcoming January and before the summer.
On August 25th, 2008 04:47 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Having taken David Brain's classical social theory course some 15 years ago, I can tell you it's outstanding. I highly recommend it. It was definitely a major factor encouraging me to become a sociologist myself. (Btw, just found your blog by accident while searching for something else - always nice to encounter a fellow Novocollegian in cyberspace.)