Spring 2015 Seminars

AMI 89S / LIT 89S
Basics of Film Production    (ALP)

The course introduces participants to the way spatial and temporal art forms influence film, the seventh art, and analyze its very nature. Through the mindset and daily practice of Ernest Hemingway students immerse the process of creative writing and its cousin, the strict applied art form of screenwriting. Students learn how to move from the page to the screen and what are the useful practical patterns that help to determine the best possible visual strategy to follow at once. Students will also learn the aesthetical conventions of the art form and the appropriate ways to break traditional conventions. Students will engage in hands-on exercises and assignments to develop their experience into a skill set. By the end of the term students will walk away with a series of still photography projects and a camera ready short narrative screenplay that they will realize in a number of upper level production-oriented courses offered by Art of the Moving Image (AMI) program.
Instructor:  Janos Kovacsi
Janos Kovacsi, M.F.A. (University of Theater and Film Art, Budapest, Hungary) is an Adjunct Professor of Arts of the Moving Image. He has worked as a screenwriter and playwright as well as a film, stage, and television director. He is one of the co-founding fathers of the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. His teaching and research interests include film directing, directing the actor for the camera and advanced screenwriting.

ARTHIST 89S     
Ancient Chinese Sculpture in the Modern World     (ALP, CZ, R)

Statues and relief carving were made in China for over two thousand years but not collected or valued as fine art or antiquities. It has only been in the mid-nineteenth century that such objects were treated by Chinese collectors as valuable and later still before Chinese figural objects were discovered as “sculpture” in the eyes of Western collectors and scholars. In depth study of how Chinese sculpture was “discovered” as a product of modern times and values. Focus on Chinese antiquarian practices, the role of antiquities for the modern nation-state, global modernization of visual analysis and display, and the modern aesthetic qualities of Chinese sculpture.
Instructor:  Stanley Abe
Stanley Abe, Ph.D. (University of California, Berkeley) is an Associate Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies.  He has published on Chinese Buddhist art, contemporary Chinese art, Asian American art, Abstract Expressionism, and the construction of art historical knowledge. He is writing a critical study of how Chinese sculpture became a category of Fine Art during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

ARTHIST 89S     
Art Stars: Modern Artists as Celebrities from Picasso to Jeff Koons     (ALP, CZ, R)

This course examines the status of artists in the age of superstardom, beginning with Pablo Picasso and Frida Kahlo, and then focusing on American and Russian modern artists including Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Kazimir Malevich,, Komar and Melamid, Cindy Sherman, Yoko Ono and Jeff Koons. Readings and discussions will be devoted to the following topics: how and why artists become celebrities, reception theory, fame and women artists, what role celebrity plays in creative output, the role of dealers and the art market in creating art stars, and how artists cultivate celebrity as an aesthetic strategy. Readings to be drawn from the mass media, and the fields of sociology, psychology, art history and cultural studies.
Instructor:  Pamela Kachurin
Pamela Kachurin, Ph.D. (Indiana University) is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies.  Her teaching interests include modern art of Europe, North America and Russia, and has research interests in Russian and Soviet art.  Her monograph entitled “Making Modernism Soviet” was just released.

ARTHIST 89S / MEDREN 89S 
The Medieval Castle in Britain: Fortresses, Technology, and Power     (ALP, CZ, R)

This class investigates the evolution of the British castle from the Norman Conquest through the end of the Tudor dynasty (i.e., 1066–1603). It begins with the mighty eleventh-century ruins scattered along the coast of Wales—the greatest surviving fortifications in the world, and the inspiration for those seen in Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings. The course then surveys the development of British military architecture over the next five and half centuries. Dramatic changes in ground plan and topography were matched by sweeping changes in style, architectural fashion, materials, and the machinery of war. Students will use 3D modelling to map the location of castles in the British landscape, as well as make digital reconstructions (both external and internal) of how a vanished or ruinous castle would have appeared in its heyday. Formalist and technological concerns will be approached holistically and symbiotically: How did the appearance of the "ideal" castle change over time, and how did it adapt to new regimes, weapons, and economic forces? We will also investigate the historical accuracy of popular "siege engine" computer games such as Stronghold, Age of Empires, and Medieval: Total War.
Instructor:  Matthew Woodworth
Matthew Woodworth, Ph.D. (Duke University) is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies. His teaching and research interests include medieval art and architecture.

BIOLOGY 89S
How Organisms Communicate    (NS, STS)

Speech often is cited as one of the unique characteristics of Homo sapiens that sets us apart from other animals. How unique is human language? What, if any, precursors to language do we find in the natural world? How do organisms other than humans communicate and what do they have to say? This course will explore the communicative world of animals, from the simplest chemical signals used by slime molds when they aggregate to the complex vocalizations of birds, whales and primates—including humans. We will explore fundamental principles of evolution that shape communication systems, the physics and physiology of different communication modalities, and connections that can be made across very different ways of communicating. This class is not just for scientists, however—anyone with an interest in how the natural world relates to the human condition will find this class a useful multidisciplinary exploration of how one organism may affect the behavior of another. Students will prepare for class sessions using readings, video lecture segments, and other multimedia materials, with class time reserved for team-based discussion of this material. Other activities include demonstrations, presentations, reading and interpreting primary scientific literature, and short writing assignments.
Instructor:  Stephen Nowicki
Stephen Nowicki, Ph.D. (Cornell University) is Bass Fellow and Professor in the Departments of Biology, and in Psychology and Neuroscience in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, and in the Department of Neurobiology in Duke Medical School.  He is Dean and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. His research interests span behavioral ecology and neuroethology, in particular the structure, function, and evolution of animal communication systems. In his spare time he plays trombone and juggles.

BIOLOGY 89S     
Introduction to Physiology     (NS)

While anatomy is the study of living organisms’ form, physiology is the study of their function. This course will explore physiology on an organismal level and will look beyond the basic function of individual systems to also emphasize the high level of functional integration of these systems. Discussions will include the “why” of “how” the body functions the way it does. For example, we know that sweating occurs as a mechanism for modulating internal temperature, but why does it also occur when we’re nervous? Similarly, if you drink the same volume and same type of beverage while watching the same length movie, there is a greater chance that you will need a bathroom break if you watch it in a cold theater as opposed to your warm dorm room! With each system studied, hands-on exercises will allow students to serve as test subjects for the demonstration of normal physiology. Student-led discussions and presentations will introduce how even minor changes in the normal physiological mechanisms of one system can create dysfunction of that system, as well as have secondary effects on other systems.
Instructor:  Vickie Knight Eason
Vickie Knight Eason, D.V.M (Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine) is an instructor of Biology.  Her teaching and research interests include anatomy and physiology.

BIOLOGY 89S
The Politics of Evolution    (NS)

This course will explore the cultural setting in which evolutionary theory was derived, and its subsequent cultural impacts. Special focus will be placed on the ongoing complexities related to popular acceptance of evolutionary theory, particularly in the United States. According to a study conducted in the year 2006, more than 80 percent of people living in European countries, including Denmark, Sweden, and France, said they accepted the concept of evolution. In the United States, only 14 percent of adults thought that evolution was "definitely true." The only country included in the study where adults were more likely than Americans to reject evolution was Turkey. Students will read and evaluate key historical works and current readings to explore the evidence underlying the theory of evolution, as well as case studies and contemporary media reports focused on ongoing controversies relating to science education.
Instructor:  Anne Yoder
Anne Yoder, Ph.D. (Duke University) is a Professor of Biology.  She is the Director of the Duke Lemur Center with research interests in phylogeny and the evolution of mammals, with an emphasis on the mammals of Madagascar; conservation genetics; historical biogeography and biodiversity of Madagascar; Old World biogeography.

CHEMISTRY 89S     
Metallobiochemistry & Evolution:  Metallome, Proteome and Genome Interactions over Geological Time     (NS)

Many inorganic elements of the periodic table are essential to life processes. This is described as the metallome, which is the distribution and concentration of the metals in a biological system that are essential to life. The chemical form (speciation) of these elements is controlled by the environment. There are three fundamental chemical processes which control this time dependent speciation: solubility equilibria, redox equilibria and complex formation. We will explore the evolution of the speciation of the essential metallic elements (the metallome) over geological time and how this influences the proteome, the genome and the evolution of life. Selected readings from the literature will be assigned. Grades will be determined by participation in class discussion, student class presentations, and assigned papers. Prerequisite: One semester of university level chemistry or the equivalent.
Instructor:  Alvin L. Crumbliss
Alvin L. Crumbliss, Ph.D. (Northwestern University) is a University Distinguished Service Professor of Chemistry. His teaching and research interests include inorganic biochemistry, metals in biology, inorganic chemistry, and biochemistry of iron.

CULANTH 89S  
Music as Mirror, Mediator and Prophet     (CZ, SS, CCI, R)

This course investigates the ways in which music serves as a mirror, a mediator and a prophet in societies undergoing political and social transitions. It explores how history is reflected, the present is expressed and the future is envisioned through music.
Instructor:  Ingrid Byerly
Ingrid Byerly, Ph.D.  (Duke University) is a Senior Lecturing Fellow of Cultural Anthropology. Her fields of teaching and research interest are in cross-cultural communication, video production, cultural anthropology, education and ethnomusicology.

CULANTH 89S  
Relevance of the Ancient: Introduction to World Archaeology
     (CZ)
This course is an introduction to archaeology and world prehistory. As we progress through the term, we will discuss how archaeology is conducted and applied in the field, examine the cultural and biological evolution of anatomically modern humans from their earliest beginnings to the present day, the migrations of people across the globe, and the rise and fall of state level societies. You will also become familiar with how archaeology has developed as a discipline historically, the modern methods that archaeologists use to locate, preserve, and manage cultural resources, theories that drive archaeological interpretation, and examine how studies of prehistory have enriched our understanding of humans through time and space. And how archaeological knowledge can be made relevant to our comprehension of the present and future.
Instructor:  Roderick Kevin Donald

EGR 89S / HISTORY 89S    
Great Projects     (CZ, STS)
 
This seminar introduces the concept of a great engineering project and uses case studies to illustrate the complex interactions among the engineering, political, economic, environmental, aesthetic, and social aspects of such projects.
Instructor:  Henry Petroski
Henry Petroski, Ph.D. (University of Illinois), is the A.S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and Professor of History.  His interests include the nature of invention and the history of engineering and technology, with his current research focusing on the interrelationship between success and failure in design.

ENGLISH 89S
Imagining War    (ALP, EI, W)

Ever since writers grappled with the meaning of the Civil War in its aftermath, war has been a major subject of the American literary and cultural imagination. In this class, we will read closely and analyze a series of landmark American books and films dealing with war in order to understand not only how these works create and define the heroes, villains, and victims of war, but also how they blur, and sometimes even obliterate, these very categories. While these works often attempt to capture the experience of combat, and what war does to people caught up in it, in aesthetically innovative ways, we will also investigate how many of these works foreground changing ideas of what it is to be American, and the evolving role the United States plays in world history.  Authors to be studied may include Ambrose Bierce, Stephen Crane, Ernest Hemingway, David Hersey, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Michael Herr, Tim O’Brien, and Dexter Filkins; films will be represented by works from directors such as William Wyler, Stanley Kubrick, Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, and Terrence Malick.
Instructor:  Michael Maiwald
Michael Maiwald, Ph.D. (Duke University) is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English. His teaching includes Writing and Critical Thinking, Modernism, and 19th and 20th Century American Literature.  His research interests are Ernest Hemingway, the Harlem Renaissance, and Modernism.

ENVIRON 89S
Into the Woods: Exploring the Duke Forest     (NS, STS)

What kind of tree is that? Why does it grow here? What other organisms depends on it? Preserving biodiversity, whether in a remote tropical jungle or right in your back yard, is a major world issue. Through class discussion and local field trips, this course will introduce students to the history and ecology of the Duke Forest, and the importance of forests to our quality of life. Topics will include community ecology and natural history, organism and habitat identification, and history and management of the Duke Forest. Field trips during class period will visit forested areas around campus as well as research and management sites in the Duke Forest.
Instructor:  Nicolette Cagle
Nicolette Cagle, Ph.D. (Duke University) is a Visiting Lecturer at the Nicholas School of the Environment. Her teaching and research interests include natural history, environmental education, professional writing, and environmental communication.

ENVIRON 89S
Introduction to Environmental Health     (NS, STS, W)

Course explores the relationship between humans and their environment and is designed to introduce environmental health by surveying main topics and discussing current issues. The goal is to familiarize students with the scientific basis of the field, the complexity of environmental health problems, and how the solutions to such problems will require clear communication of the issues to the public and the involvement of stakeholders, scientists and policymakers.
Instructor:  Joel Meyer
Joel Meyer, Ph.D. (Duke University) is an Associate Professor of Environmental Toxicology. Dr. Meyer studies the effects of genotoxic agents on human and wildlife health. He is interested in understanding the mechanisms by which environmental agents cause DNA damage, the molecular processes that organisms employ to protect, prevent and repair DNA damage, and genetic differences that may lead to increased or decreased sensitivity to DNA damage.

HISTORY 89S     
Women, Gender and Black Power     (CZ, SS, CCI, EI)

Many agree that the Black Power Movement shaped how we think about American society and race relations, but how did black power affect gender equality and feminism? This course examines the Black Power Movement and its legacy through the experiences of African American women activists. It will familiarize students with the major historical figures and events of the movement and examine how femininity, masculinity, and sexuality shaped and were shaped by the movement.
Instructor:  Ashley Farmer
Ashley Farmer, Ph.D (Harvard University) is a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow. Her teaching and research interests include civil rights, black power, women’s and gender studies, and African American studies.

HISTORY 89S / GLHLTH 89S   
Chinese Medical Beliefs and Practices     (CZ, CCI, STS, W)

This course introduces students, first and foremost, to the history of medicine, and secondly to the medical practices and beliefs in China today. We will examine how those beliefs formed, how the practices have changed over time, and in particular how the challenge of scientific biomedicine forced fundamental changes in Chinese medicine over the course of the twentieth century. As a Freshman Seminar, this course introduces first-year students to the discipline of History, as well as to the topic of medicine in China.
Instructor:  Nicole Elizabeth Barnes
Nicole Barnes, Ph.D. (University of California–Irvine) is an Assistant Professor of History.  Her teaching and research interests include modern China, the history of medicine and public health, gender and women’s histories, and the social history of war.

HISTORY 89S     
Capitalism and Its Critics     (CZ, SS, EI)    

This course explores some of the central developments in the history of capitalism: the creation of private property in land, the emergence of a policy of free trade, early industrialization, the emergence of monopoly capitalism, imperialism and the economic transformation of colonies, the rise of a regulatory and redistributive state, neoliberalism. Students read some of the leading theorists of capitalism, as well as writings by those who sought to reform or overthrow it. The course pays special attention to some of the problems and conflicts that have marked capitalist economies (the relations between wage laborers and their employers, financial speculation, periodic economic crises, the ways in which capitalist labor systems and gender systems shaped each other).
Instructor:  John Reeve Huston
John Reeve Huston, Ph.D (Yale University) is an Associate Professor of History. His teaching and research interests include U.S history (1789–1861), U.S. political history, and the history of capitalism (with an emphasis on the United States).

HISTORY 89S     
Condemned to Repeat It:  The History of Unintended Consequences     (CZ, EI, R, W)

This first-year seminar introduces students to reading, thinking, and writing historically. Students will read short case studies of historical efforts to improve the human condition that have yielded unintended—and at times regrettable consequences. They will also design their own research project about an episode they choose in consultation with the instructor. By the end of the semester, students will have developed a research plan that might be used in a future research seminar or honors thesis.
Instructor:  Jocelyn Olcott
Jocelyn Olcott, Ph.D (Yale University) is an Associate Professor of History, International Comparative Studies, and Women’s Studies. Her teaching and research interests include feminist history of modern Mexico and is developing a long-term project on the labor, political, and conceptual history of motherhood in twentieth-century Mexico.

MATH 89S     
Applications of Mathematics in Physiology and Medicine     (NS, QS, R)

Topics usually include: the heart and circulation, heat and temperature regulation, oxygen uptake in the lungs, the immune system and infectious diseases, nephrons and the kidney, ovulation number in mammals, chemistry and cell metabolism, sensory neurobiology. Other topics may be substituted depending on the interests of the students enrolled. Prerequisite: AP credit for MATH 22, or MATH 112L or 122L or higher.
Instructor:  Michael Reed
Michael Reed, Ph.D. (Stanford University) is a Professor of Mathematics. He teaches analysis and mathematical biology with his research interests concentrating on the applications of mathematics to biological systems. He is the Principal Investigator of a large National Science Foundation Training Grant for students interested in mathematical biology.

MUSIC 89S     
Musical Shakespeare     (ALP, CCI)

Interdisciplinary seminar will explore music inspired by Shakespeare Four works considered: "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Romeo and Juliet," "Othello" and "The Tempest" as they relate to musical compositions by Purcell, Mendelssohn, Britten, Berlioz, Bernstein, Verdi, Mozart, Sibelius, and others. Emphasis placed upon how these composers sought to capture in their medium of sound, the essence of the Shakespearean dramatic work.
Instructor:  Harry Davidson
Harry Davidson, M.M. (Pacific Lutheran University) is a Professor of the Practice in the Music department and Director of the Duke Symphony Orchestra. He made his major orchestra debut conducting the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He has guest conducted numerous professional and conservatory ensembles, including the Charlotte Symphony, the Akron Symphony, and the Cleveland Institute of Music and Oberlin College Conservatory orchestras.

MUSIC 89S     
Music and Criticism     (ALP)

One of the great challenges in music is simply writing about it, especially in a non-technical way. This seminar focuses on the problem via the medium of music criticism, not that theoretical of literary kind, but simply the act of describing and evaluating music of various periods and various types from classical to popular genres. The course will consists of readings about criticism, readings of excellent examples of criticism, and in-class presentations of your own critical evaluations. We shall write reviews (often comparing examples of recorded music) and later critique live performance on Duke campus.
Instructor:  Bryan Gilliam
Bryan Gilliam, Ph.D. (Harvard University) is the Frances Hill Fox Professor in Humanities. His teaching and research interests include German Opera, Vienna, Wagner, Strauss, film music, and 19th and 20th century music.

MUSIC 89S     
Making Music Today     (ALP)

Building on my many years as a member of the Arts and Contemporary Society Focus group, which provided a gateway to second courses in Dance, Music, Theater, and Writing, and which was taught through a combination of inter-group seminar and experiential learning, I am writing now to propose a course more specifically attuned to the need for introduction to the evolving subfields of Music, as they are studied in our department and beyond. The proposed course will have a coordinator, who will lecture for a large number of sessions, and who will also be responsible for inviting guest lecturers to present; each subfield will be presented by a guest lecturer. One aim of the course is to introduce students to the breadth of different methodologies and ways of creating music; a second aim is for students to attend performances sponsored by Duke Performances and possibly in the Department of Music, bridging evening events with curricular ones. While in this course, there will be emphasis on breadth of understanding, the hope is that these kinds of experiences will invite students’ further entry into arts courses.
Instructor:  Stephen Jaffe
Stephen Jaffe, A.M. (University of Pennsylvania) is the Mary and James H. Semans Professor of Music Composition. His teaching and research interests include music composition and performance.  His recent collaborations have been with the National Symphony Orchestra, The North Carolina Symphony, and the Kennedy Center Chamber Players.

PHYSEDU 89S
Hot Topics in Health

This course will provide an overview of several health areas (e.g., nutrition, physical activity, sexual health, substance use, etc.) and then for each area we will focus more specifically on a few current trends or issues. A practical, hands on approach will emphasize information, resources, and skills to help students achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle, as well as an understanding of the broader health issues facing our current society.
Instructor:  Janis Hampton
Janis Hampton, M.A. (UNC-Greensboro) is Assistant Professor in the Practice of Health, Wellness and Physical Education. Her fields of teaching and research interest center on developing awareness of health and fitness issues for the general population as well as young adults.

PHYSEDU 89S
History and Issues of American Sport

An overview of the history of sports in America with special emphasis on past and current issues in specific sports.
Instructor:  Al Buehler
Al Buehler, M.A (University of North Carolina) coached Duke track & field for 45 years, retiring from the head coaching position in 2000. During his coaching tenure, he coached several all-Americans and was three-times team manager for the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team, plus many more achievements on the state, national, and international level. He has been inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame and the Duke Sports Hall of Fame. He has just retired as chair of the HPER Department after serving nineteen years in this position.

POLSCI 89S
Autobiography and American Democracy     (SS, CCI, EI)

Since at least The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, American thinkers have written their life stories for various political purposes: to outline an ethical way of political life, to resist authority or injustice, to insist on the author’s place among the people, and so on. This course surveys those political actors who have drawn on autobiography to champion or critique American democracy. We will investigate how political actors use the genre to wrestle with topics such as the relevance of morality for citizenship, whether political participants should draw on personal experience in staging claims, how democracy should respond to histories of injustice, and how citizenship should best reflect the vast diversity of the American public. Other topics of study will include labor and capitalism, race and gender, freedom and justice, civil disobedience and violence, imperialism, immigration, and so on. Though readings may vary, authors likely to be studied include Benjamin Franklin, William Apess, Frederick Douglass, Solomon Northup, Harriet Jacobs, Henry David Thoreau, Booker T. Washington, Henry Adams, Emma Goldman, Malcolm X, Angela Davis, and William F. Buckley. Students will also engage with contemporary examples of personal narrative through topics that may cover immigration, sexual identity, and presidential politics.
Instructor:  Nolan Bennett
Nolan Bennett, Ph.D. is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science.

POLSCI 89S
Women and Politics    (SS, CCI, W)

This course explores the political meaning of gender in the American context. We will study the concept of gender - what gender is, how it is socially constructed, and why gender is relevant for American politics and society. Specific attention will be given to how gender affects the workings of Congress, the political engagement of individuals, and the impact of public policies.
Instructor:  Danielle Thomsen
Danielle Thomsen, Ph.D. (Cornell University) is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Political Science. Her teaching and research interests include American politics, U.S. Congress, political parties, and gender and politics.

PSY 89S
Beyond Reason: Empathy and Identity     (SS, NS, R, W)

Developmental science approach to integrating knowledge across the biological and social sciences and humanities about engaging difference and the nature, development, and enhancement of personal epistemology, empathy, and identity. Videotaped clinical cases and documentary films are used to stimulate reflection and discussion.
Instructor:  Robert Thompson, Jr.
Robert J. Thompson, Jr., Ph.D. (University of North Dakota) is Professor of Psychology. His research interests include how biological and psychosocial processes act together in human development; the adaptation of children and their families to developmental problems and chronic illnesses, including sickle cell disease and cystic fibrosis; and the assessment of teaching and learning in higher education.

RELIGION 89S / GERMAN 89S / JEWISHST 89S
Jews and Germans: Origins to the Present     (ALP, CZ, CCI, EI, W)

An examination of Jews and Judaism in German culture from the early medieval period to the present day, including the responses to the Crusades, the experience of Enlightenment, the rise of Reform Judaism, the creativity of the Weimar period, the Holocaust, and today. This course includes a service-learning component.
Instructor:  Laura Lieber
Laura Lieber, Ph.D. (University of Chicago) is an Associate Professor of Religion and Jewish Studies, focusing on religious expression and experience within the Jewish community and in the context of the larger society.

ROMST 89S / AMI 89S / LIT 89S / LATAMER 89S
Contemporary Latin American Cinema     (ALP, CCI)

Drawing examples from several countries, this course examines major thematic and aesthetic trends in Latin American cinema from the 1990s to the present. The topics discussed include the representation of youth and urban culture, contemporary forms of realism, and the impact of globalization on the films’ narrative themes and visual styles as well as on transnational forms of production and distribution that have become increasingly common in the region. As this course serves as an introduction to contemporary Latin American cinema as well as to the discipline of film studies, students will become familiar with the conceptual vocabulary and critical approaches necessary for film analysis.
Instructor:  Gustavo Furtado
Gustavo Furtado, Ph.D (Cornell University) is an Assistant Professor of Portuguese Studies.

SOCIOL 89S
Making Bad: Deviance, Crime, Law, and Society    (SS, EI)

This course is based on the premise that deviance, crime, and law are socially-constructed phenomena. As such, these social constructs have acquired their meaning through human interactions within social, political, and historical contexts. This means that the attributes, behaviors, and conditions society members label as “deviant” or “criminal” vary over time and place, as do societal reactions to such violations. How the society in which we live shapes, and is shaped by, this process of “making bad” will be a central focus. The role social power plays in the creation and maintenance of deviance, crime, and law will also be a central theme.
Instructor:  Maria Febbo
Maria Febbo, Ph.D. (North Carolina State University) is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology. Her teaching and research interests include social inequality, criminology, juvenile delinquency, and the sociology of education.