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SOCY 3306 Capstone: Making History in a Changing World (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

The central theme of this class is to consider the dialogue between individual choice and social context as we struggle to construct a life of effectiveness and balance. The course begins with a focus on what makes a good question. Largely, good questions are ones that can produce fruitful answers – answers that allow us to move forward in ways rooted in understanding and yet knowing that most information is incomplete, ambiguous, and contested. We will look at Boston College as a context for social action and then three case studies: Palestine (in which the context poses a single overarching challenge), South Africa (in which most people are struggling to figure out what the next chapter should be) and the U.S. (where we share in a sense that “anything goes.”). Students will be asked to focus on the balance between constructing a private life and participating in the struggle for social justice in each of these very different settings.


Instructor(s): Eve Spangler

Prerequisites: Seniors Only.

Cross listed with: UNCP5540

Comments: Capstone classes may NOT be taken Pass/Fail. You may take only ONE Capstone class before graduation.


Last Updated: 01-Aug-16