SOC 105 - First Year Seminar in Sociology
Section: 001 Slavery, Genocide, Refugees: A Comparative Perspective
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Sociology (SOC)
Department: LSA Sociology
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
RE, SS
Other:
FYSem
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Advisory Prerequisites:
Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor.
Other Course Info:
May not be included in a Sociology concentration plan.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In this class, we compare patterns of race relations, focusing on three issues: slavery, genocide, and refugees. We compare two cases of slavery -- the U. S. and Brazil; several cases of genocide -- the Jewish holocaust in Nazi Germany in mid-20th century, the Cambodian genocide in the 1970s, and the Rwandan genocide recently; and two refugee migrations -- the historical immigration of Jews to the U. S. at the turn of the 20th century, as well as the immigration of Cubans to the U. S. from the middle of the 20th century to the present. Together, we aim to understand these three extreme social situations, as well as how and why racial definitions change over time and across different nations. Such comparisons show that races are socially constructed as well as that racialization is a social process. While the situations we focus on are extreme, we also focus on the efforts human beings who lived through them made to overcome them and give meaning to their lives. Several documentaries illustrate and represent the issues we grapple with intellectually. Course requirements consist of two exams (Midterm and Final) in-class, and a book review of a book whose research focused on one of the three main topics of slavery, genocide, or refugees, to be chosen by the student.

SOC 105 - First Year Seminar in Sociology
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
13520
Open
0
4LSA Hnrs Y1
-
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Seats in First Year Seminars are opened gradually during Summer Orientation. Only 1st-yr students, including those with soph std, may register.
002 (SEM)
P
13519
Closed
0
2MCSP Y1
1Y1
-
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Seats in First Year Seminars are opened gradually during Summer Orientation. Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may register. All others need permission of instructor.
003 (SEM)
P
23371
Open
1
1Y1
6Enrollment Management
-
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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