Archive for January, 2017

For Thursday, 2/2 (SOC 1101)

January 31, 2017

*Readings with an asterisk can be found on Blackboard.


For Tuesday, 31 January (SOC 1101)

January 30, 2017

The first day of class is usually pretty light. Nevertheless, there are a couple of things I’d like you to take a look at to get prepared for the semester:

  • Rob Jenkins, ‘Defining the Relationship’, Vitae (19 August 2016). Advice on how to respect your professor. Knowing how begins with knowing what the relationship between us is, and  what our respective roles are.
  • Caroline Hodges Persell, Kathryn M. Pfeiffer, and Ali Syed, ‘What Should Students Learn After Taking Intro Sociology?’, Teaching Sociology 35 (October 2007). I’ll briefly review some of the main points here, and I’ll be referring to Persell et al.’s findings throughout the semester, so please take at least a few moments to browse this article.
    • (By the way, if you haven’t read much sociology, here are some practical tips on how to do so. We’ll spend more time discussing this subject on Thursday, incidentally.)


January 6, 2017

I’ll post more here presently, but at the moment this is mainly a place to link to further reading on the subject (file under ‘passing the buck’). …

Further Reading/Notes Toward a Personal Canon

Brazil. 1984. Directed by Terry Gilliam.

Friedlander, Emilie. 2016. ‘A Tax on Fun: An Oral History of Palisades’Ad Hoc, 9 December. The founders of a beloved DIY club in Brooklyn recount their efforts to navigate the labyrinth of NYC’s nightlife rules and regulations and the agencies that enforce them.

Graeber, David. 2015. The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy. Melville House Books.