Open GSI positions for ISF 100A Spring 2022

GSI POSITIONS  Spring 2022

ISF 100A Introduction to Social Theory and Cultural Analysis

Instructor:

Fang Xu (fangxu@berkeley.edu)

 

LEC 001 • Class # 24652

Instruction Mode

In-Person Instruction

Schedule

TuTh 12:30P-1:59P – 277 – Cory

DIS 102 • Class # 27346

Instruction Mode

In-Person Instruction

Schedule

M 10:00A-10:59A – 247 – Dwinelle

DIS 103 • Class # 27347

Instruction Mode

In-Person Instruction

Schedule

Tu 9:00A-9:59A – 2 – Evans

 

Course Description:

ISF 100A is an interdisciplinary introduction to social theory and cultural analysis.

ISF 100A engages and analyzes the selected foundational texts of social theory from its classical roots to its contemporary branches. Social theory seeks to explain change in society—how it develops, what factors facilitate and inhibit it, and what results from it. Looking at foundational texts across disciplines, we will consider the principal ideas offered by leading theorists of the last two centuries and how those ideas relate to the social and intellectual contexts in which they were produced. More importantly, we will consider their relevance for ongoing issues we face today.

Through an examination of works of the “classical roots,” by Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and Simmel, and of the “contemporary branches,” by Walter Benjamin, Pierre Bourdieu, Edward Said, Herbert Marcuse, and David Harvey, we will explore central issues in contemporary debates concerning the nature of the socio-economic order, the modalities of power, and the process of cultural production. We will examine selected original sources in depth. In addition, we will explore some reflections, elaborations and criticisms of this work in the context of significant contemporary issues.

I am looking for GSI’s who will enjoy working across the disciplines (sociology, anthropology, history, political science and geography) in thinking through the legacies of great thinkers and the relevance of their theories to our everyday life. 

If your Spring 2022 schedule has no time conflict with the lecture and discussion sessions, please send CV and a list of faculty references to fangxu@berkeley.edu