SOC 252
Im/mobilities Spring 2023
Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed AMST 252 / SOC 252

Class Details

We think of the freedom to move as a mark of privilege. In the United States, passing a driving test, owning a car, and getting a passport are milestones that signal modernity and freedom. Likewise, we think of restrictions on movement as the domain of the underprivileged, such as the current and formerly incarcerated. But as the Covid-19 pandemic reveals, there have always been two sides to immobility: privileged as well as involuntary immobility. There are correspondingly two sides to mobility: those who move because they want to and others because they have no choice. In this class, students will explore conceptions of mobility as adventurous, free, and modern (as with jet-setting international elites). They will compare and contrast when mobility can be threatening, exclusionary, and limited (as recognized by the Black Lives Matter movement). This class invites students to interpret their environment through the lens of mobility and inequality in the time of coronavirus. Drawing on sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, geography, and migration studies, this interdisciplinary course offers a beginning conversation on the causes and consequences of the freedom to move–or to stay still.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 3603
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Thoughtful and consistent class participation, several short reflection papers, two drafts of an opinion essay, class presentation
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: Given to first-year students and sophomores
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST 252 Division II SOC 252 Division II
WS Notes: Emphasis on the processes of writing and revising, several short papers on which students will receive close feedback, and drafts of a final paper
DPE Notes: This course explores a politics of im/mobilities: how we move through space through different bodies at the intersection of race, class, gender, ability, and citizenship. Students will use their own bodies as research sites for deepening their understanding of how we navigate the freedom to move or stay still.

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