Monday, May 27, 2019

MALAS Summer 2019 Recommended Summer Seminar! SDSU Sociology Professor Michael Roberts's WEALTH STATUS & POWER

SOC 433: Wealth, Status, and Power
Professor Roberts                                                                                        Summer 2019
Office: NH 213                                                                                             MTW, 5-7:15pm
Hours: M-W 4-5pm                                                                                       AL 105
Course Description:
This course is designed as an investigation into the issue of social inequality in terms of the distribution of wealth and income, status hierarchy and political power.  The main focus is upon social inequality as an institutional process. Such a focus means that we will examine patterns of inequality in these main areas and consider their causes and consequences for communities and individuals living in modern societies. We will begin with an analysis of how competing theoretical paradigms frame the issue of inequality in different and sometimes contradictory ways, including the differences and similarities between Weberian, functionalist and Marxist perspectives.  Such a comparison of theoretical paradigms will consider the main differences between the concept of stratification and the concept of class conflict.  Then, we will consider how different forms of inequality intersect with another.  For example, we will look at how inequalities rooted in the social construction of race, class and gender mediate the experiences of individuals and communities.  Most of the empirical studies focus upon the US context, but we will include a consideration of how the processes of globalization have complicated the US experience of inequality and stratification.  Lastly, we will give special attention to how recent changes in the global economy have dramatically transformed class, status and power relations in society.
Student Learning Outcomes:
  1. Develop a critical understanding of the processes that stratify individuals along the lines of class, status and power
  2. Explore the central concepts that sociologists use to describe the contours of stratification and inequality
  3. Evaluate competing theoretical paradigms that frame explanations for the causes and consequences of inequality in society
  4. Critique “common sense” viewpoints on the origins and effects of social stratification 
  5. Reflect upon and discuss the variety of points of view on social inequality expressed by peers in this class through discussion of key texts 
Course Requirements:
Attendance is required and participation in class discussion counts as roughly 40% of your grade.  Participation in class discussion includes bringing your book or articles to class, as we will often times conduct close readings of selected texts together in class.  The class participation requirement will involve short essays (1-2 pages, typed double-spaced) that are due each Monday.  These short papers are brief summaries of the main points from the assigned reading.  Each Wednesday I will provide you with a reading assignment and a brief summary of the central arguments from that reading assignment is due the following Monday. The remaining 60% of your grade will be fulfilled by 2 take-home, essay-form exams.  Each exam will have two parts: a short-essay section and a long-essay section. Each section will have two questions.  You choose one and write an essay answering it.  These assignments are take-home assignments.
Final grades in this course will be based on the following scale: 
A = 95%-100% 
A- = 90%-94%
B = 85%-89% 
B- = 80%-84% 
C = 75%-79% 
C- =70%-74%
D = 65%-69% 
D- = 60%-64%
F = 59% or Below
Required Readings:
There are a few articles and 2 books required for this class.   The articles will be made available by me in PDF format, and delivered to you via blackboard.  The books are available in used condition if desired, and all three should cost less than an expensive textbook.  If you are worried about costs of books see me asap to work out another arrangement.  The books have been ordered through our campus bookstore.  They are:
  1. Working Class Majorityby Michael Zweig
  2. Class: The Anthology by Stanley Aronowitz and Michael Roberts


The class appears in web portal as:

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as you can see, it is a SOC 433 which MALASheads
can't take for graduate credit!


you CAN take it as MALAS 798 Special Study
class, or, if the Sociology Department gets its
act together, Soc 798 (though that option is
not 'live' yet through web portal). So, in the interim,
if interested, sign up for it as:
MALAS-798 01*****
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I have heard it might be cheaper to take it 
through Open University (though I do not know
that for a fact.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

New Fall 2019 MALAS Seminar: New historical novel of Latin America with Professor Mario Martín Flores

Fall 2019
MALAS 600A / SPAN 755
New Historical Novel 
of Latin America
Professor Jose Mario Martín Flores 

We will spend our time this semester critically interrogating the foundational moments of Latin American history throughout the study of the new historical novels proposed: 

- The encounture between two worlds (Europe + Amerindia)  in El arpa y la sombra by A. Carpentier.
- The Mexican colonial times in  Duerme by C. Boullosa.
- The political emancipation of Latin America from the Spanish empire in El general en su laberinto by G. García Márquez.
- The European interventionism in Latin America and the new 20th century in Noticias del Imperio by Fernando del Paso.
- Finally, the repression estrategies of theLatin American dictatorships during the last half of the 20th century in Cola de lagartija by Luisa Valenzuela.

The student will apply different theoretical approaches and different historiographic perspectives to the analysis of the novels selected.
José Mario Martín-Flores, Ph.D., 
University of California, Irvine

Professor of Spanish
Graduate Adviser
Office: AL-129
Phone: 619-594-4796
BA& MA in Educational Administration, Guadalajara, Mexico.
MA & PHD in Spanish, University of California Irvine.
Research interest mainly focuses on Mexican and border cultures, Literature of Baja California, 19th century Mexican narratives, new historical novel of Latin America. His current book addresses the Mexican novel of the last diaspora. Author of five volumes of poetry published in Argentina, Spain, Mexico and the US and two more collections of poetry and short stories in print. Graduate Adviser and Faculty Leader of Spanish abroad program in Merida.


New MALAS Seminar, Fall 2019, with Raechel Dumas, Associate Professor of Classics & Humanities, SDSU | Animal Humanities #animalhumanities

Animal Humanities
MALAS 600B or HUM 580
Dr. Raechel Dumas
Associate Professor, Classics & Humanities

What would an "inhumanities" look like? This course challenges the anthropocentric scope of "the humanities" through the study of texts and contexts in which nonhuman animals feature as central speakers, actors, and subjects of inquiry. We will explore how writers, artists, theorists, philosophers, ethicists, and various cultural institutions have sustained and/or disputed the human/animal binary.

In doing so, we will consider what it might mean to enlarge the scope of "the humanities" to acknowledge the subjectivity of nonhuman animals not only in an academic context, but also for the futures of our arts, ethics, politics, economics, social relationships, and environment.

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New MALAS Fall 2019 Seminar! Professor Drew Thomases's ALIENS AND RELIGION


We are in the age of aliens. In literature and movies, on television and the internet, we see images of extraterrestrials everywhere--little green men, tentacled blobs, terrifying creatures with claws and fangs. Aliens fill up our imaginations, urging us to ask and wonder if we're really alone in the cosmos. But whether they're real or not--whether we're alone or not--aliens are here to stay. At least in our minds. That is especially evident in the realm of religion, where countless groups have developed systems of beliefs and practices with UFOS and aliens at the forefront. This class explores these groups, the aliens they worship, as well as the imaginaries that we, on planet earth, have created about life among the stars.

Zero-Cost Course Materials








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