A Program for Developing Scholars
This course revolves around the theme of power. This course considers how oppressive structures establish and sustain themselves -- and face opposition -- at local, national, and international levels. We will begin by addressing the question, how does opposition imply alternative forms of power, visions of freedom, self-identification, and belonging? Using historical, literary, theoretical, and social perspectives, we will focus on the tensions between power’s oppressive and liberatory tendencies. For example, we will examine famous African American intellectual W.E.B. Du Bois’s sole published biography, John Brown; test historical case studies through academic inquiries into British and Japanese imperialism; and take an intersectional approach to understanding identity, power, and domination. Throughout, students will build and develop their critical and interpretative skills through reading, writing, debate, and presentation. This course is taught by Professor Danielle Dirks (Sociology), Professor James Ford (English), and Professor Paul Nam (History).
SOCIAL JUSTICE BY THE NUMBERS
This course is an introduction to the scientific research method and understanding science as a way of knowing. In this course, students will learn about quantitative and qualitative research methods and develop skills needed to understand and critically evaluate research reports. Students will also acquire basic statistical concepts and tools through weekly applied lab assignments. The topical focus of this course is an examination of interlocking systems of oppression using data analysis, and a primary course theme is the utility of research in promoting social justice. This course is tought by Professor Heldmam (Politics).
Both academic programs leave Friday and Sunday open for field trips.
Looking for more information? Check out this syllabus from last summer for a clearer picture:
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