SOCI 395: Special Topics in Sociology

SOCI 395-001: Social Change &The Next System
(Spring 2023)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T

Van Metre Hall (formerly Founders Hall) 479

Section Information for Spring 2023

What is Next System Studies? It is a new field of academic inquiry and engagement in next system design, systemic movements, and system change. A rising tide of community-based movements and initiatives offers the possibility that from this period of systemic decay a next system may emerge that is more democratic, sustainable, and just. Students will engage directly with the experiences and ideas created
through these initiatives. We also will draw from scholarship on global political economy, cooperatives, technology and society, transition studies, solidarity economies and wellbeing economics, popular constitutionalism, the commons, sustainable design, revolutions and social transformation, activist praxis, and social movements. We will connect directly with ongoing next system efforts in the region and
around the world, meet with practitioners and policy experts, present and discuss readings and films in a seminar format, and perform group work relevant to communities directly served and affected by George
Mason University.

SOCI 395 001 enrollment is controlled. Contact the department for approval to register.

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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 18 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: SOCI 101
Schedule Type: Lec/Sem #1, Lec/Sem #2, Lec/Sem #3, Lec/Sem #4, Lec/Sem #5, Lec/Sem #6, Lec/Sem #7, Lec/Sem #8, Lec/Sem #9, Lecture, Sem/Lec #10, Sem/Lec #11, Sem/Lec #12, Sem/Lec #13, Sem/Lec #14, Sem/Lec #15, Sem/Lec #16, Sem/Lec #17, Sem/Lec #18
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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