It is an important but little known fact that Martin Luther King, Jr. earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology before turning his postgraduate and professional attention to theology and religion. This course introduces students to the sociological nature of King’s work through a three-week intensive place-based study of his role in the St. Augustine, FL civil rights movement. Taught on the campus of Flagler College in downtown St.
This course employs the sociological perspective to explore a broad range of urban problems in the United States, including crime, urban poverty, residential segregation, education, and health. It examines urban processes in an effort to better understand how social contexts affect people’s lives and how inequality is reproduced and challenged. This course interrogates how certain issues are constructed as social problems, and how these constructions affect our efforts to address these problems.
Social movements are central forces shaping modern U.S. society and others around the world. In this course we will examine how social movements alter our political landscapes, transform cultural discourses, bring about sweeping cultural and policy changes, and transform those who participate. We will examine case studies of social movements and reflect on sociological theories explaining the trajectories of social movements. We will also examine how movement participants contend with raced, classed, and gendered dynamics as they work for change.
Community-integrative education occupies a central place in American higher education. Courses containing community-based learning can be found in virtually all disciplines and all types of colleges and universities. This course examines the historical emergence of community-integrative education, its institutional practice, variations and issues. Intensive writing assignments and reflexive classroom discussions will guide student reflection on their community experience, classroom learning and personal development.
This class will examine how we use archaeological materials to learn about past societies by studying the traces that their inhabitants left behind. Students will explore the range of methods used in the field, laboratory, and museum to find, record, date, preserve, contextualize, and interpret material culture. Basic methods of investigation and research will be discussed through the examination of site survey, excavation, and the analysis of artifacts.
This course allows students to gain credit for participation in off-campus field projects under professional supervision in the fields of archaeological, social anthropological, and physical anthropological research. Students will be required to integrate academic and fieldwork experiences in an oral and/or written report at the end of the fieldwork experience. Maximum of 4 hours credit is possible.
Introduction to selected themes and topics in anthropology and sociology. Students may enroll and receive credit for this course more than once as the course themes and topics change.
This course emphasizes the interconnectedness between people and nature. We will be concerned with people’s perceptions of and interactions with their physical and biological surroundings, and the various linkages between biological and cultural worlds. The goals of the class are to expose you to a broader understanding of the role of culture in sustaining the diversity of plant and animal life and also reveal the variety of choices involved in our human-environmental interactions.
This course explores how gender shapes our understanding and interactions with the environment. We will analyze how we construct and maintain particular views of gender and sexuality, and examine how our identifications produce, change, and maintain particular environments within both Western and non-Western worlds. Within this class, we will shift between 1) discussions of philosophical and theoretical debates that underlie feminist environmental thinking and practice, and 2) examinations of tangible struggles over environment and gender within historical and geographical contexts.
Food is not only important as nutrition, but as a symbol of identity, a marker of status, a sealer of alliances and an item of social and economic currency. This course examines the myriad uses, meanings and impacts of food cross-culturally. This contributes to the mission of the department, giving students an in-depth view of one of the basic aspects of human cultures. Students will come away with a more thoughtful and nuanced view of their own societal practices, as well as those of many others.