Sociology | Topics in Social Psychology
S431 | 14786 | Eder
This course is designed to consider a broader approach to social
science knowledge which includes caring for and knowing onefs
community. We will begin by looking at current critiques of Western
culturefs approach to learning. Alternative approaches from
ecological models to gcare ethicsh will be introduced. Then we will
focus on community and pedagogy, looking at a place-based approach
to learning. This will be followed by a section on sustainability
The second half of the course will begin by examining models of
learning from non-Western cultures including Native American,
African, and Hispanic cultures. This will be followed by a focus on
the role of storytelling as a means of teaching ethical and social
beliefs, emphasizing the role of oral practices. We will then look
at alternative models of pedagogy at the college level. The course
will conclude by examining how sociology in particular can be used
to address community issues.
We will be using the city of Bloomington as a site for learning,
service, and research throughout this course. Small teams of 3-4
will attend one of various community events such as school board
meetings, neighborhood association meetings, and ethnic
celebrations, reporting back to the class and what they observed.
Groups of six will be formed to complete a major service learning or
service research project. These projects may include working on
educational/land use issues in a working-class neighborhood,
creating an elementary after-school program, improving campus/town
relations, or working with Bloomington United to improve race
relations in the local area. The groups will each draft a final
report and give a presentation to the class and a local organization.
There will also be two essays examsa midterm and final. Review
questions will be distributed prior to the exam.