SST 201B Ethnography of Contemporary Brazil

Professor: D. Brown

CRN: 92974

Distribution: C/D

Time: M W 1:20 pm - 2:40 pm LC 206

cross-listed: LAIS
of related interest: MES

This course will explore interpretations of contemporary Brazilian society and culture through the ethnographic literature. After first situating Brazil within its colonial heritage and the global economy, specific issues and areas to be addressed will include class and gender in the household, workplace, and political arena; race and ethnicity; changing forms of Catholicism, Protestantism, and Afro-Brazilian religions; human rights and ecology in the Amazon; poverty and urban problems in the northeast, Brasilia, and industrial Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo; and popular culture, including Carnaval. Ethnographies are selected to provide a variety of theoretical approaches. Open to First-Year students.

SST 220 Marxism and Radical Social Theory

Professor: J. Kovel

CRN: 92400

Distribution: A/C

Time: M W 9:00 am - 10:20 am OLIN 205

Though one of the most consequential doctrines of modern history, marxism is now in grave crisis and has been written off by many. This course will explore the essentials of marxism, evaluate its various interpretations, and assess its future in light of recent capitalist victories. Roughly half the sessions will be devoted to the basic writings of Marx and the remainder to key texts of other marxist thinkers, for example, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Gramsci and Marcuse, among others. Limited to 25 students. Open to First-Year students.

SST 330 History and Spirit

Professor: J. Kovel

CRN: 92401

Distribution: A/C

Time: M 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm OLIN 307

The title of the course is that of a recently published volume by the instructor. The course tracks the main theme of this work, that spirituality is produced historically and plays complex political roles even as it relates people to what is beyond. We shall consider the ambivalent function of religion, the spiritual aspects of various forms of politics, such as fascism and communism, New Age spiritual movements, and the nature of visionary/utopian practice.