Understanding the Power of Place

HNR 360 - Understanding the Power of Place

MySlice Info:

Term: Spring 2017
Class #: 40894
Section: M002
Credits: 3

Profs. Carol Fadda-Conrey and Himika Bhattacharya

Counts toward:
HNR Soc Sci, Collaboration

Course Time(s):
W 12:45 - 3:30 pm


Course Description:

In addition to buildings, courses, and sports teams, the university is a human enterprise that organizes much of student life. This course invites students to study the structures, history, and social practices of the university. Collaboratively taught by faculty members of SU's Democratizing Knowledge Collective, students will learn feminist, anti-racist and ethnographic methodologies from a multidisciplinary standpoint, conduct their own research, and write a narrative explaining research results. Some of the central course topics being considered include: social justice theories of education, institutional ethnography, histories of minority representation within academic institutions, and narrative writing.  Students will gain insights as to how the university informs their lives, exploring a range of issues regarding knowledge production in the neoliberal/imperial university, histories of student resistance, decolonization, and anti-war movements on US campuses, the creation of ethnic studies programs/departments, and the canon wars, among others. As part of the course, students will be expected to attend events sponsored by the Humanities Center whose 2016-2017 theme is on ‘Place’.