Fall 2019 Courses

ST 500: Introduction to Social Theory

Professor: Ted Schatzki

Multi-disciplinary introduction to social theory for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. Overall goal is to substantiate the idea that social theory comprises a set of ontological and epistemological issues about human coexistence which are nondisciplinary-specific. The course will (1) examine what different social fields take as their central theoretical issues and concerns, and (2) conduct multidisciplinary explorations of key problem areas in contemporary social thought such as the nature of objectivity, the construction of gender, the role of space and time in social life, and modernity and postmodernity.


ST 610: "disCLOSURE" Editorial Collective


ST 690/PHI 630: Transdisciplinary Perspectives in Social Theory: Fascism

Professor: Stefan Bird-Pollan

This course examines fascism as a historical and conceptual phenomenon from the perspective of Frankfurt School critical theory and critical sociology. A central thesis of the thinkers we are proposing to read in the course is that fascism is not just a ‘gangster interlude’ in history (Galbraith) but is rather a systemic possibility within modern capitalist social organization. We will focus both on the Frankfurt School’s critical examination of Nazism both during the period and reflections afterward as well as the perspective of larger international currents in fascist thought. The course is also conceived as an introduction to critical social critique and is appropriate to students relatively new to the topic. Readings will include: Wilhelm Reich, Walter Benjamin, Theodore Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Franz Neumann, Hannah Arendt, Erich Fromm and others.


GWS 700: Love

Professor: Srimati Basu

This course is an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural exploration of ways of thinking about “love.” It purposely turns away from the romantic couple as the primary focus of love discourses and  looks to various registers through which we  talk about forms of love, including language, kinship, and political economy.   We explore the valences of topics such as intimacy and affect; sexual economies and love; love and media; labor and money. We will be working through a number of theoretical texts (in literary studies, anthropology, media studies, history. queer theory) as well as fiction, film and popular media in order to map the terrain.



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