SOCI 395: Special Topics in Sociology

SOCI 395-K01: Global Social Thought
(Spring 2021)

10:30 AM to 01:10 PM R

Mason Korea G208

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Section Information for Spring 2021

Global Social Thought is an experimental investigation into alternatives to classical Western social theory, an exploration of "The Great Books of the Nonwestern World" and some contemporary Nonwestern intellectuals. One major assumption underlies the organization of this course: our knowledge is so profoundly influenced by the social context in which it is constructed that our theories should not be based exclusively on reflections of the Euro-American experience.

We will explore a proposition that grows out of that assumption: whereas most Western social theory is a response to the European Enlightenment, French and Industrial Revolutions, and subsequent developments, recent non-Western theory is a reaction to the fundamental phenomena of colonialism (and neocolonialism), racism, capitalism/industrialism, and other forms of oppression (e.g., patriarchy) and efforts to escape them. Premodern nonwestern theory is generally closer to nature and tends to grow out of collective social efforts to thrive collaboratively in various ecological contexts.

Here is an outline of the course:

  1. Great Books of Nonwestern Thought

22 Feb.             Prologue: Kant, Williams and the Background

  1. Selected Nonwestern Traditions

1 March            A. Mohandas K. Gandhi

8 March            B. Ancient Asian Social Thought

15 March          C. African Social Thought

22 March          D. Islamic Social Thought

29 March          E. Indigenous American Social Thought

  1. Substantive Issues

5 April              A. Social Movements and Liberation Theories

  1. Anticolonialism
  2. Liberation Theology

12 April                 3.   Racism and Ethnocentrism

19 April                 4.   Human Rights

  1. Women's Rights

26 April             B. Climate Crisis, Ecology & Sustainability

3 May               C. Domination and Economic Paradigms

10 May             D. Peace and Conflict

17 May             E. Spirituality & Religion

                        F. Health


31 May             G. The State, Politics, & Nationalism

                       H. Community, Sexuality, and Family

III.   Towards a Global Social Theory

31 May

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Introduces the research interests of the faculty, offering new courses that reflect current issues not yet incorporated into the curriculum. Offers, in addition, advanced study into topics covered in the standing curriculum. Topics change by semester. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: SOCI 101
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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