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50677-01 - Seminar: The Sociology of the USA 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2018
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Manfred Max Bergman (max.bergman@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt In 1992, the US American political scientist Francis Fukuyama wrote: “What we may be witnessing is not just the end of the Cold War, or the passing of a particular period of post-war history, but the end of history as such: that is, the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government.” (The end of history?, The National Interest, 16, 3-18).
Just two decades later, things have changed considerably. The global power shifts in the beginning of the 21st century are leading to a renegotiation of national positions in a new geopolitical order. While much of the past century could be described as the American century, the future will see great changes, not only because of the reemergence of the nation state, but, with it, also changes in political, economic, social, and cultural terms. In this seminar, we will explore sociologically the changes in the US from the 1950s to the present in order to better understand how the currently most powerful nation in the world has been blighted with destabilizing social problems and how it is negotiating its position in relation to a changing world.
All seminar topics will focus on the US, and they may include US American norms and values, wealth and poverty, education, science and technology, health care, race and ethnicity, migration, religion, crime, anti-Americanism, and sociology and social theory in the US. The final list of topics for the seminar will be decided in the first week of the seminar, in collaboration with the seminar participants.
Lernziele Students
- have developed a differentiated and balanced view of the US,
- understand some of the strengths of, and some of the main social problems in the USA,
- reflected on the continued influence of the US on Europe and global affairs,
- reflected on current and future geopolitical shifts and how they relate to European and global options.
Literatur Preparatory Background Materials:
National Security Strategy of United States of America, December 2017 (https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/NSS-Final-12-18-2017-0905.pdf)
Readings will be prepared by the seminar participants and made available to all throughout the seminar.
https://youtu.be/T-YecJN4f04

 

Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz

 

Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 08.03.2018 – 24.05.2018
Zeit Donnerstag, 14.15-16.00 Rheinsprung 21, Seminarraum 00.004
Datum Zeit Raum
Donnerstag 08.03.2018 14.15-16.00 Uhr Rheinsprung 21, Seminarraum 00.004
Donnerstag 15.03.2018 14.15-16.00 Uhr Rheinsprung 21, Seminarraum 00.004
Donnerstag 22.03.2018 14.15-16.00 Uhr Rheinsprung 21, Seminarraum 00.004
Donnerstag 29.03.2018 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ostern
Donnerstag 05.04.2018 14.15-16.00 Uhr Rheinsprung 21, Seminarraum 00.004
Donnerstag 12.04.2018 14.15-16.00 Uhr Rheinsprung 21, Seminarraum 00.004
Donnerstag 19.04.2018 14.15-16.00 Uhr Rheinsprung 21, Seminarraum 00.004
Donnerstag 26.04.2018 14.15-16.00 Uhr Rheinsprung 21, Seminarraum 00.004
Donnerstag 03.05.2018 14.15-16.00 Uhr Rheinsprung 21, Seminarraum 00.004
Donnerstag 10.05.2018 14.15-16.00 Uhr Auffahrt
Donnerstag 17.05.2018 14.15-16.00 Uhr Rheinsprung 21, Seminarraum 00.004
Donnerstag 24.05.2018 14.15-16.00 Uhr Rheinsprung 21, Seminarraum 00.004
Module Modul Europäisierung und Globalisierung (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Modul Politik, Entwicklung und soziale Ungleichheit (Bachelor Studienfach Soziologie (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2013))
Modul Politik, Entwicklung und soziale Ungleichheit (Bachelor Studienfach Soziologie)
Modul Wirtschaft, Wissen und Kultur (Bachelor Studienfach Soziologie)
Modul Wirtschaft, Wissen und Kultur (Bachelor Studienfach Soziologie (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2013))
Modul: Erweiterung Gesellschaftswissenschaften M.A. (Master Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Preparation of a seminar in collaboration with the seminar convener and a seminar presentation.
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen keine Wiederholung
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Soziologie

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