Open GSI Positions for Fall 2020

Call for applications for two GSI positions

Interdisciplinary Studies Field (ISF) Major is calling for applications for two Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) positions for ISF 100A (Introduction to Social Theory and Cultural Analysis) to be taught in Fall 2020 by Prof. Amm Quamruzzaman, subject to the final enrollment number.

Overview of the course: This course, required of all ISF Majors but open to all students, introduces 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, it 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, it will explore some reflections, elaborations, and criticisms of the classical work by more contemporary thinkers such as Michel Foucault, Jean Baudrillard, and Pierre Bourdieu, among others. For both the classical “roots” and contemporary “branches” of social theory, it will examine selected original sources in depth. 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.

Course schedules: This course will meet two times a week on Tuesday and Thursday at 12:30-2:00 PM at 145 Moffitt Library for lectures. The total enrollment is capped at 100. The students will be equally divided into four discussion groups to meet with their GSIs at the following times and locations:

DIS 101: M 3:00-4:00 PM | 110 Barker

DIS 102: M 10:00-11:00 AM | 4 Evans

DIS 103: Tu 9:00-10:00 AM | 102 Latimer

DIS 104: Tu 2:00-3:00 PM | 120 Wheeler.

Given the changing situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the instruction mode in the Fall semester may be a mixture of on-campus and on-zoom class meetings. Nothing is certain as of now.

Roles and responsibilities of the GSIs: The GSIs will regularly attend the lectures given by the instructor and prepare for group discussions. Each GSI will facilitate two discussion groups per week. They will select the discussion topics in consultation with the instructor. For this, they will need to meet the instructor on zoom or in person at least once a week for a quick meeting. They will have access to bCourses and all the course materials. They will grade all student assignments and exams and submit the grades on bCourses in a timely manner. The GSIs must be available during the entire Fall semester. Some of the GSI roles and responsibilities may be adjusted depending on the changing situation and need.

Qualifications: Interested graduate students must have taken graduate-level courses related to social theory and cultural analysis. Previous experience in undergraduate teaching as a GSI will be considered an asset.

Application submission: Interested candidates are requested to submit their most recent CV to Dr. Amm Quamruzzaman via email at aqz@berkeley.edu. Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview in June-July 2020. For any administrative information about the positions, please contact Mr. Patrick Civello at civello@berkeley.edu.