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

Semester Herbstsemester 2022
Angebotsmuster unregelmässig
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 three 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 US has experienced destabilizing social problems and how it is negotiating its position in relation to a changing world and global order.
All seminar topics will focus on the US, and they may include US American norms and values, the 2016 and 2020 election, wealth and poverty, Wall Street, education, science and technology, health care including the nation's and states' response to the current pandemic, race and ethnicity, BLM, critical race theory, home schooling, migration, religion, crime, pollution, US-China relations, 6 January, change in the media landscape, and anti-Americanism. 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
- understand some of the strengths of, and some of the main social problems in, the USA,
- are aware of the continued influence of the US on Europe and on global affairs, and
- are aware of the current geopolitical and geoeconomic shifts.
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.


Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien Online-Veranstaltung
HörerInnen willkommen


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 28.09.2022 – 21.12.2022
Zeit Mittwoch, 10.15-12.00 Rheinsprung 21
Datum Zeit Raum
Mittwoch 28.09.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr --, --
Mittwoch 05.10.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr --, --
Mittwoch 12.10.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr --, --
Mittwoch 19.10.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr --, --
Mittwoch 26.10.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr --, --
Mittwoch 02.11.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr --, --
Mittwoch 09.11.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr --, --
Mittwoch 16.11.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr --, --
Mittwoch 23.11.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr --, --
Mittwoch 30.11.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr --, --
Mittwoch 07.12.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr --, --
Mittwoch 14.12.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr --, --
Mittwoch 21.12.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr --, --
Module Modul: Erweiterung Gesellschaftswissenschaften B.A. (Bachelor Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Modul: Erweiterung Gesellschaftswissenschaften M.A. (Master Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Modul: Europäisierung und Globalisierung (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Modul: Migration, Mobility and Transnationalism (Master Studiengang Changing Societies: Migration – Conflicts – Resources )
Modul: Politik, Entwicklung und soziale Ungleichheit (Bachelor Studienfach Soziologie)
Modul: Transfer: Europa interdisziplinär (Master Studiengang Europäische Geschichte in globaler Perspektive )
Modul: Wirtschaft, Wissen und Kultur (Bachelor Studienfach Soziologie)
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 beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Soziologie