RCSSCI 360 - Social Science Junior Seminar
Section: 003 All About You
Term: FA 2010
Subject: RC Social Sciences (RCSSCI)
Department: LSA Residential College
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

“We’re the Millennial Generation,” asserts 15-year-old Tyler Hudgens of McLean, Virginia. “We’re special, one of a kind. It’s our turn, our turn to shine.” [Howe and Strauss, Millennials Rising.]
What does it mean to belong to a particular generation? How does one define and characterize a generation?

This seminar is all about you — you as a recent first-year college student, you as a member of a liberal arts academic community, you as a soon to be college graduate, you as a member of the so-called Millennial Generation. This course combines psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, philosophy, and literature to analyze the nature of the very experience you have been facing on a daily basis for the last many years. Over the course of the semester, you will be taking a critical look at your own experience while engaging in academic dialogues with numerous texts. We’ll learn how scholars and social critics characterize the unique opportunities and challenges facing your generation — the Millennials — through excerpts from books like Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation, The Trophy Kids Grow Up: How the Millennial Generation is Shaking Up the Workplace, Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are Confident, Assertive, Entitled—and More Miserable Than Ever Before. We’ll read Nathan’s My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student, two recent investigations into the lives of eighteen-year-old college students. Hesse’s Beneath the Wheel and Sarton’s The Small Room provide fictional accounts of the pressures of attending schools that champion excellence … at what cost?

In addition to course readings, students will complete a series of short “conversation” essays.

This course is open to all students in the RC and LSA. For more information, contact the instructor, David Burkam (dtburkam@umich.edu).

RCSSCI 360 - Social Science Junior Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
Tu 2:30PM - 5:30PM
002 (SEM)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (SEM)
TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

Instead of a coursepack, additional readings will be available on CTools.
ISBN: 9780801443978
My freshman year : what a professor learned by becoming a student, Author: Nathan, Rebekah., Publisher: Cornell University Press 2005
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780704344945
The small room, Author: Sarton, May, 1912-1995., Publisher: Women's Press 1996
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 031242230X
Beneath the wheel, Author: Hermann Hesse ; translated by Michael Roloff., Publisher: Picador 1st Picado 2003
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0470229543
The trophy kids grow up : how the millennial generation is shaking up the workplace, Author: Alsop, Ronald., Publisher: Jossey-Bass 2008
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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