A&S is excited to announce the following new courses for the fall semester:
Sociology of Discrimination
The object of this course is to familiarize students with the current debates regarding the study of prejudice and discrimination. Throughout the course, we will focus on answering questions such as: What is discrimination? What are the causes of discrimination? What are the consequences of discrimination? What policy responses have emerged to deal with discrimination?
Sociology of Sport
This course investigates organized sport as an institution and cultural phenomenon from a sociological perspective. The hope is that by critically studying sports in such a way, we will gain a greater understanding of society and learn more about our culture, social inequality, and social institutions. Much of the course will focus on race, class and gender issues, and, in particular, how sports both reflect and perpetuate status inequities. We also will investigate the relationships between sports and education, sports and politics, and sports and adolescent culture. Toward the end of the course, we will study social problems in contemporary sports, such as doping and violence.
Anthropology of Education
As a key site for producing citizens, subjectivity, and identity, education is an important topic for anthropological inquiry. In addition, trends and changes in educational forms and institutions in the US and internationally speak to larger questions about power, justice, and inequality in today’s world. This class examines education, broadly conceived, in various locations around the world. Topics include development, citizenship, classroom power relations, educational planning and administration, globalization, gender and education, and philosophies and theories of education. A major component of this class is looking at education through a transnational lens in order to understand how education is connected to culture and society at a global scale, and how changes here in the US impact other parts of the world, and vice versa.