Czerniawski - Identity S11 01(1)

Czerniawski - Identity S11 01(1) - POLITICS OF IDENTITY...

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POLITICS OF IDENTITY SOCIOLOGY 0832-001 SPRING 2011 MWF 9:00-9:50AM, 3 ANDERSON HALL Instructor: Amanda M. Czerniawski, Ph.D. Email: aczernia@temple.edu Phone: 215-204-7751 Office: 738 Gladfelter Hall Office Hours: 11:00AM-12:00PM MWF Course Description: This course introduces students to social diversity as it is reflected in several categories of identity considered socially meaningful and structurally important in the contemporary United States: gender, race, class, and sexuality. Among the questions we will explore are: to what extent are our identities innate or socially constructed? How do they affect our opportunities or life chances? Why and how are some groups advantaged or disadvantaged by the prevailing social system and what, if anything, can be done to rectify these inequities? How is identity expressed and suppressed in various social institutions such as the family, schools, workplace, politics, and media? This course fulfills the General Education Race & Diversity requirement or the Core “RS” requirement. Course Objectives: To understand the ways that race, class, gender, and sexuality inform both a personal and collective sense of identity. To develop the capacity for critical thinking and analysis of sociological texts. To become familiar with sociological concepts and theories that shape and continue to impact sociology as an intellectual discipline. You are expected to do all of the reading on time and be prepared to discuss it in class. Reading the material carefully before class is important to your overall success in various ways. We will not cover all the material in all the readings in class. Having the background of the readings will make the class discussion more meaningful and more comprehensible. Sometimes in class we will do small group work or in-class writing that presupposes that you have read the assignment. The exams will be easier for you if you keep up with the readings. Full and on-time attendance is expected as part of the course. Your presence is necessary to actively participate in class discussions. More than three unexcused absences will count against your class participation grade. Course assignments are designed to allow students to think critically about the course material. There will
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