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College of Arts and Sciences

First-Year Experience 2014-2015

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Full-Year Programs w/ Residential Option

Dean's Signature Programs
Other Full-Year Programs

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Fall Semester Courses

ANTH 095A ~ Pillage, Plunder and Poaching in Africa
CRN: 93861

Instructor: Robert Gordon Professor of Anthropology and African Studies More . . .

How does one justify and engage in theft? Why does Africa appear to be so vulnerable to such depredations? This course examines how these processes occur in Africa by focusing not only on techniques and styles of theft from individual acts to those by larger institutional entities, but also on notions of ownership and property. In terms of social theory we will examine a variety of theories ranging from Marxist notions of “primitive accumulation’ to Weberian “Adventure Capitalism” to newer theories of Plunder.

Requirements Satisfied: one Social Sciences course
Meets: MWF 12:50pm-1:40pm

EC 060A ~ Capitalism and Human Welfare
CRN: 90168

Instructor: Ross Thomson Professor of Economics; Director of Integrated Social Sciences Program More . . .

Economic growth and innovation shape our world and our standard of living. This course examines theories of economic growth, the historical experience of growth and innovation that let the U.S. surge ahead of its competitors, the relative decline of the U.S. since 1950, and the more recent slowdown of growth.

Requirements Satisfied: one Social Sciences course
Meets: TR 1:00pm-2:15pm

SOC 032A ~ Social Inequality
CRN: 91537

Instructor: Beth Mintz Professor of Sociology More . . .

Who gets what and why? This course examines class, racial/ethnic, and gender inequality in the distribution of valued rewards (e.g., wealth, power, prestige) in society. Students will describe the distribution of rewards, explain its causes, and discuss its consequences. The focus is on the contemporary United States, but the course will also touch on the history of inequality and briefly discuss global trends.

Requirements Satisfied: one Social Sciences course
Meets: MWF 10:40am-11:30am

Spring Semester Courses

GEOG 099 ~ Race, Place and Music

Instructor: Rashad Shabazz Assistant Professor of Geography More . . .

Drawing on a wide range of source material, our task will be to probe the ways in which geography informs, shapes, and augments the cultural lives of Black people in the U.S. Our concern with this topic is motivated by often unexplored, yet profound implications that space, place, and location have on Black cultural production. Scholars have spent much time demonstrating the political, epistemological, and discursive impact of Black cultural production. Yet there is little attention has been paid to the landscapes on which these forms of culture emerge. This class attempts to do precisely that. We will explore how Black cultural products (largely music) are informed by space and location. Looking at the Blues, Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Funk, Rock, Reggae, Hip-Hop, and case studies of musicians, this course seeks to make visible the spatial production of Black cultural products.

Requirements Satisfied: one Social Sciences course
Meets: TBD

POLS 071 ~ Comparative Political Systems

Instructor: Matthew Carlson Associate Professor of Political Science More . . .

How do we compare political systems? Why do ethnic conflicts occur? What are the political consequences of electoral and political party systems? How do we measure countries in terms of their level of democracy? This course will introduce you to some of the central issues in the field of comparative politics. Through a combination of readings, lectures, discussions, and films, we will examine many of the major theoretical debates and topics in comparative politics, including democratization, electoral and party systems, political violence, ethnic conflict, human rights, and political economy. We will also look at how these theoretical issues are empirically represented in different parts of the world.

Requirements Satisfied: one Social Sciences course
Meets: TBD

Thesis ~ ISSP Thesis (Optional)

Instructor: Ross Thomson Program Director 802-656-0182 More . . .


Requirements Satisfied: one Social Science course
Meets: TBD

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