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Summer 2018

ISF Courses

ISF 100 A Introduction to Social Theory and Cultural Analysis
  • MTWTH 1-3PM
  • Bhandari
  • 3111 Etcheverry
  • 4 Units
  • Class Number: 13593

Session A: May 21-June 29

This course, required of all ISF Majors but open to all students, provides an introduction to the works of foundational social theorists of the nineteenth century, including Karl Marx and Max Weber.  Writing in what might be called the “pre-disciplinary” period of the modern social sciences, their works cross the boundaries of anthropology, economics, history, political science, sociology, and are today claimed by these and other disciplines as essential texts.  We will read intensively and critically from their respective works, situating their intellectual contributions in the history of social transformations wrought by industrialization and urbanization, political revolution, and the development of modern consumer society in nineteenth-century Europe.  But we will also make efforts to evaluate their intellectual contributions in light of recent scholarship about contemporary social issues, exploring ways in which scholars across the social sciences and humanities continue to interpret their respective contributions. The class meets twice a week in lecture and once in section and has no prerequisites. 

ISF 100 D Technology and Society
  • MTWTH 3:30-5:30PM
  • Bhandari
  • Tan 180
  • 4 Units
  • Class Number: 14918

Session D: July 2-Aug 10

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 2-4PM
  • Quamruzzaman
  • Barrows 185
  • 4 Units
  • Class Number: 14917

Session A: May 21-June 29

This course will address the following questions from an interdisciplinary perspective: 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?