SOC 327 Fall 2014 Feeling the Present

Cross Listed as AMST327
Feelings, moods, and affects are typically understood as bound to individual persons. However, this course examines not only how feelings and moods are profoundly collective but also why and how these collective moods have come to matter in contemporary culture, politics, and economy. Focusing on current and classic scholarship in critical political economy, neoliberalism, and affect studies - as well as film and popular culture - we will attend to the ways in which anxiety, depression, hope, rage, and other moods figure into everyday life, work, social movements, and other key sites. Topics considered include: mental health and the pharmaceutical industry; the social implications of financialization; the Tea Party and its political influence; the rise of social media; and the recent housing crisis.
Class Format: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: students will be required to write 4 informal (2-3 page) response papers and a final paper (10-15 pages) on a topic to be developed with the professor; from time to time, students will be asked to bring a substantive question to class on the reading
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: AMST majors, but all qualified students welcomed
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
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Enrollment Limit: 15
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 2052
SOC 327 - 01 (F) LEC Feeling the Present Division 2: Social Studies John Andrews
TF 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Griffin 1 2052
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