Advanced Research Seminar: Introduction to Critical University Studies|
Spring 2019 not offered
The university is in crisis, or so we are often told. With college and university budgets rapidly shrinking, tuition and student debt are increasing exponentially, especially for women and students of color. And yet, we're here. Students, instructors, and staff continue to look to the university as a productive space for thinking and working. As an academic field dedicated to a collective engagement with the ways power constitutes bodies, knowledge, and ways of being in the world, sociology is a key venue for contending with these processes. This course will introduce students to the emerging field of critical university studies through a feminist, queer, and anti-racist frame. What, we will ask, does it look like to think in and about the university at this historical moment? What does it mean to consider the university's history in relationship to power and the nation-state? What are the gender, sexual, class, and racial politics of knowledge production? And how can we most productively take up the university itself as an object of scholarly inquiry?
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (SOC)
No required text book. List of selected readings:
Craig Steven Wilder, EBONY AND IVY
Roderick Ferguson, THE REORDER OF THINGS
Bill Readings, THE UNIVERSITY IN RUINS
Christopher Newfield, UNMAKING THE PUBLIC UNIVERSITY
Stanley Aronowitz, THE KNOWLEDGE FACTORY
Sunaina Maira and Piya Chatterjee, THE IMPERIAL UNIVERSITY
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Assignments will consist of three 3-4 page papers throughout the semester, an in class presentation and a final seminar paper.