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Syllabus FWS1136 FA2011

Syllabus FWS1136 FA2011 - R(evolution On Crisis and Action...

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R(evolution): On Crisis and Action Fall 2011 Stimson 119 M.W.F. 9:05:9-55am Melissa Rosario, Instructor McGraw Hall B__ [email protected] Office Hours Mondays and Wednesdays: 10am-11am and by appointment. Skype me: (Melissa-rosario): Tuesdays: 8-10pm Required Course Texts 1 All required materials will be either posted on blackboard or can be found on reserve in Uris Library. PLEASE NOTE: Students will be required read a substantial amount of online publications including news articles and opinion pieces that appear in sources such as huffingtonpost, the nation as well as posted videos and photos on sites such as indymedia.com and youtube.com. Additionally, students must review our class RSS Feed daily for important “headlines” and are responsible for virtual archival research (see the description of research indexes in the “summary of assignments” section below for more details). Suggested Reading Hjortshoj, Keith. 2009. The Transition to College Writing. Boston Bedford Press. Gerald Graff and Birkenstein, Cathy. They Say/I say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing . New York: WW Norton and Company. Course Description The present is always ripe for action yet it seems only in the darkest moments that people find the will to resist. This course is centered around the question: “what is it about crisis that motivates people to act?”and takes the internet as the terrain to explore shifting notions of and possibilities for acting. Through critical readings of texts by authors such as A. Gramsci, E. Said, and H. Arendt, students will be introduced to debates on key aspects of resistance. Throughout the semester, students will apply key concepts of resistance to select global crises, tracking and tracing current responses to them in alternative internet sources. 1T he majority of texts will be available on Blackboard or on Reserve, but however students choose to access materials, they must bring a copy to class. 1
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Course assignments and in-class discussions will prepare students to analyze global dilemmas and to foment critical use of the internet, emphasizing writing and self- reflection as key methods of anthropological inquiry. To this end, students will write a collection of field notes and informal writings related to their use of the Internet, which they will use to write an ethnographically based metacommentary or “fieldcritique”. Students will develop skill at understanding the way people make sense of crises (i.e. how they make claims) and in doing so, will shape their own ethical rubric for action. The final task of the course is to write a treatise on “social responsibility,” arguing for their vision of an appropriate response to a world crisis. This treatise may take the form of a research paper or a blog. (More on this later).
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