FedEx Global Education Center
301 Pittsboro Street, CB# 3263
FIRST SESSION, 2017
No course offerings.
SECOND SESSION, 2017
GLBL 390: Dealing With Difference in Times of Crisis: Race, Difference and Social Movement Responses (3). Whether it is constructing a functional democracy; making sense of media and popular portrayals of events like Hurricane Katrina or the 2008 elections; organizing social movements, or unraveling complex stories of urban renewal and economic development (domestically and abroad)— concepts and constructions of difference, or diversity, prove to be key. In fact they are at the heart of many of the most critical issues and movements today. Think Black Lives Matter, Standing Rock, and even Occupy Wall Street. This course will be dedicated to understanding how (cultural) diversity, or difference, and the concomitant notions of sameness and universality, have been constructed, used and contested in different places and at different times in our modern history. We will do this by critically reading and analyzing different texts— ranging from case studies, to theoretical treatises, to films and other forms of popular culture—as well as engaging in experiential learning and collective research projects.
This course will be dedicated in large part to familiarizing students with social theories of, or relevant to, making sense of such questions. However, it is premised on the belief that social theory is not an abstract and useless thing academics create for their own amusement (or employment), but that it is a vital and necessary aspect for understanding and therefore living in this world. The focus this SS II 2017 will be Race, Difference and Social Movement Responses. This will include focus on local examples/cases as well as considering some cases from international examples, including the Drug War, Black Lives Matter and Indigenous Movements. The course will include field trips, popular theater and other experiential methodologies, as well as guest speakers.
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