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Summer 2019

ISF Courses

ISF 100 A Introduction to Social Theory and Cultural Analysis
  • MTWTH 1-3PM
  • Quamruzzaman
  • GPBB 107
  • 4 Units
  • Class Number: 13702

Session A: May 28-July 5 (6 weeks)

This course, required of all ISF Majors but open to all students, provides an introduction to some of the key theoretical foundations of much contemporary inquiry in the social sciences and humanities. Through an examination of the classical work of Karl Marx, Max Weber, and Emile Durkheim, we will explore the central issues in contemporary debates concerning the nature of the socio-economic order, the modalities of power, and the process of cultural production. In addition, we will explore some reflections, elaborations, and criticisms of the classical work by more contemporary social thinkers such as Michel Foucault, Jean Baudrillard, and Pierre Bourdieu. The goal of this course is to provide the student with useful theoretical frameworks for conceptualizing and better understanding the social, economic, political and cultural phenomena that affect our life.

 

ISF 100 B Interdisciplinary Theories of the Self and Identity
  • MTWTH 1-3PM
  • Bhandari
  • CORY 247
  • 4 Units
  • Class Number: 15250

Session D: July 8-August 16 (6 weeks)

This course will explore how people come to develop and value the self as well their specific social identities. The course will draw on anthropology, sociology, neurobiology and philosophy to grapple with that which is most intimate yet often most opaque to us: our own selves. Yet we shall also explore the cultural limits of our unstable understanding of our individuated selves as well as the dialectic of self and other in the formation of identity.

ISF 100 D Introduction to Technology, Society, and Culture
  • MTWTH 10-11AM
  • Bhandari
  • Wheeler 102
  • 4 Units
  • Class Number: 14210

Session D: July 8-August 16 (6 weeks)

In this course, we shall explore how advances in AI and genetic engineering may change not only society but the very idea of what it means to be human. In interdisciplinary fashion, we shall combine stimulating pieces from the sociology of science and technology with works of the imagination, such as "Ex Machina", "Gattaca" and episodes of "Black Mirror".

ISF 100 E The Globalization of Rights, Values, and Laws in the 21st Century
  • MTWTH 10AM-12PM
  • Quamruzzaman
  • Evans 75
  • 4 Units
  • Class Number: 14209

Session A: May 28-July 5 (6 weeks)

With the world being globalized, concerns about the role of international laws in safeguarding human rights across different cultures are increasing. This course will address these concerns from an interdisciplinary perspective. More specifically, we will address the following questions: Are cultural values, human rights, and international laws becoming more homogeneous in the era of globalization? What role does the state play in maintaining the specificities of cultural values, rights, and laws? Do states’ rights inevitably conflict with the global human rights regime? What kind of values, rights, and laws will prevail at the global level?