LATS 206 Spring 2013 Cycle of Socialization: Understanding Similarities, Bridging Differences (D)

This course offers an overview of social identity development theories, social & cultural diversity, and societal manifestations of power, privilege and oppression within American society. How do the groups you belong to impact your life experiences (do they)? Are we predisposed to being in conflict or can diverse peoples form a harmonious community? We will identify the tools and strategies that social scientists, activists, and educators have employed in order to bridge the gaps across our differences. Topics include: race, ethnicity and racism; social class and classism; sex, gender and sexism; sexual orientation and hetrosexism. This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to relate their own life experiences to social science theories, research, and practice. Theorists whose work we will read include Beverly Tatum, Gordon Allport, Urie Bronfebrenner, bell hooks, Peggy Mcintosh, Claude Steel, and many others.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on a series of short papers, final paper or project, and active participation in class discussions
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Prerequisites: none; juniors and seniors will be given priority
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
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Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 3919
LATS206-01(S) SEM Cycle of Socialization (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Taj P. Smith
, Lili Rodriguez
MW 11:00 AM-12:15 PM Hollander 040 3919
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