SOC 207 - Social Suffering
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Sociology (SOC)
Department: LSA Sociology
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Enforced Prerequisites:
No credit for students who have previously taken SOC 295 Topics in Sociology with the topic "Soc of Suffering" (Topic #11).
Advisory Prerequisites:
Introduction to Sociology (100, 102, 195, 300, 302).
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course examines the social roots of suffering, i.e., the extreme forms of suffering resulting from:

  • wars and torture;
  • genocides and holocausts;
  • enslavement and exploitation;
  • massive exodus of populations;
  • rape and domestic violence;
  • poverty and famines; and
  • other forms of atrocities having their origins in society and whose devastating consequences are experienced by individuals within the culture, social structures, and power relations existing in their own societies and the global world they live in.

Even though sociologists have been well aware of the suffering caused by social forces, it is only in the last decades that sociology, as a discipline, has been focusing on what social suffering does to people and the many ways people articulate, experience, represent, and live through that suffering.

Throughout the course, we will be discussing and reflecting on a number of issues and questions around suffering such as:

  • What constitute social suffering?
  • How social suffering becomes an embodied experience?
  • How do media accounts mediate the experience of suffering?
  • How do people in one society experience the distant suffering of others?
  • How victims voice, bury, displace, and confront their experience of victimization and survival?
  • How do powerful groups silence such victims?
  • What can we do to ameliorate, prevent, or resist social suffering?

***Please note this special opportunity: we will share our sociological journey through social suffering with students from Universidad Nacional in Colombia by having a few of the Friday sections done in Spanish (with translation and transcription into English), via video-conferencing and by having assignments done in small group projects with students from both nations.

Course Requirements:

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Intended Audience:

Spanish proficiency is not required.

Class Format:

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SOC 207 - Social Suffering
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001 (LEC)
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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