SOC 295 - Topics in Sociology
Winter 2017, Section 004 - Silences in UM History: From Native American Lands to Campus Sexual Assault
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Subject: Sociology (SOC)
Department: LSA Sociology
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This bicentennial course analyzes the Bicentennial of the University of Michigan through three silenced instances in its history: (i) The origins of the university established on Native American lands, (ii) McCarthyism and the firing of three UM faculty during the 1950’s, and (iii) Belated sentence delivered by the UM to a sexual offender on campus three and a half years after the assault in the 2000’s. The course approaches these three instances by contextualizing the silences in larger US history. The case of Native American land ownership reveals the extent of violence committed against the foundational peoples of the United States throughout history. Likewise the impact of McCarthyism highlights the damage on free speech through the United States during this era. Likewise, silences in the treatment of campus sexual assault underlines how widespread such violence and its public erasure is throughout the country. The course thus employs silences in UM history to highlight the public silences of economic, political and social violence committed on campuses throughout American history. Its main argument is that true responsibility for the actions of a state and society as well as respect for humanity at large can only be achieved when an institution like the University of Michigan sets an example to other universities in uncovering and facing its own silenced violence in its own past.

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SOC 295 - Topics in Sociology
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
003 (LEC)
 In Person
4Y1 or Y2
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
004 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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