The best problem to have is too many good options. At Georgetown University, there is an abundance of undergraduate courses that engage labor, worker rights, or social justice more broadly. To help you identify and choose the ones that are right for you, we’ve compiled a list of such classes here and included their professor and time. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or suggestions.
Race & Racism in American Culture – 28688 – AFAM 206 – 01
Robert J Patterson | MW 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
The central concern of this course is to investigate how race and racism have shaped black people’s experiences living in the United States. We will examine how race and racism have been (re)presented in African American literature, film, music, political manifestos, historical texts, and other cultural media, exploring the various ways that African American cultural producers and critics have engaged with these ubiquitous phenomena. Our readings and discussions of primary and secondary texts will consider the production and mutation of race and racism across historical epochs—from slavery to the post-civil rights era. The course rejects the notion of post-racialism and considers how this discourse re-entrenches racism. Moreover, we will consider, how, if at all, conversations surrounding race might move forward, and whether racism is so intractable that efforts to eradicate it might prove futile. That is, while exploring structural, representational, and material aspects of race and racism, we will keep our eyes focused on developing solutions to these problems. Of course, our energetic examinations of race and racism will take into consideration how other identities (class and gender, for example) nuance our understandings of race and racism.
African Cultural Modernities – 10073 – ANTH 240 – 01
Gwendolyn Mikell | TR 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
Denise E Brennan | M 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Mubbashir Abbas Rizvi | TR 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Pamela A Fox | R 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Ethical Decisions: Global Business & Government – 32356 – 493 – 06
Douglas S Reed | TR 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Michael Kazin | MW 9:30 am – 10:45 am
Katherine Benton-Cohen | MW 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm and W 4:00 pm – 4:50 pm
Henry J Schwarz | W 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Fr. Raymond Kemp | TR 9:30 am – 10:45 am
Fr. Charles Gonzalez | WF 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
A study of and a reflection on major influences – cultural, socio-economic, racial, spiritual, theological – which shape the Latino Church in the United States today and which will affect its future identities and roles in this country. Analysis of personal stories combined with related readings and written student reflections will be our approach. There will be one written mid-term exam and a final oral exam. A weekend visit to Camden, New Jersey, one of “America’s most dangerous cities,” will be available to interested students.
Cath Ritual, Spirituality, Justice – 13431 – THEO 121 – 01
Anne Koester | MW 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Fr. Drew Christiansen | TR 3:30 pm – 4:45 am
This course will examine the rich tradition of peacemaking in the Catholic Tradition. Beginning with the New Testament, it will examine classic texts, figures and movements. It will look more closely at late twentieth-century developments, the Catholic Left, the Mennonite-Catholic Dialogue; contemporary movements, such as the Catholic Peacebuilding Network and peacemaking through interreligious dialogue. It will look at exemplars like Franz Jagerstatter, Dorothy Day, the Berrigans, Charles de Foucauld and the monks of Tibherine. Emphasis will be placed on peacemaking as a way of life linking ethics, virtues, spirituality and social praxis. Among the special issues to be debated will be: Response to Religious Militants, Holy War, Selective Conscientious Objection, and the Morality of Protest.
Public Housing: Theory and Practice – 32614 – SOCI 223 – 01
Brian James McCabe | M 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Visual sociology focuses on the visual representations of social life. This course will explore society, how we represent ourselves and our social world visually and furthermore investigate how innovative 21st century technology is transforming contemporary social life. We don’t just use technology, “we live with it” and it greatly influences society, lifestyles, global business relationships, culture, and social progress. Our scholarly journey will explore methodologies and theories applicable to the analysis of all kinds of visual content from films, advertisements, and television to new media forms. We will examine new and emerging debates on the sociological consequences of technology, and explore how meaning is both made and transmitted in an increasingly visual world and the complex relationship embedded in the social construction of technology.
Environmental and Food Justice Movements – 30506 – SOCI 274 – 01
Yuki Kato | R 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Elizabeth A Velez | M 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm