The course aims to familiarize you with the discipline of sociology and prepare to take additional classes in social sciences. Sociological Imagination is a prerequisite for several courses and is a requirement for most social sciences and humanities majors in North America and beyond. The course has four specific objectives: (1) to introduce you to common sociological subjects and concepts; (2) to shed light on different perspectives within sociology; (3) to encourage you to think deeply, critically, and coherently about our social world; (4) to help you establish links between theory, problems, and policy.

 

This elective introduces indigenous approaches to nature, technology, and environmental justice through both popular media and critical texts. Anime and manga stories and characters offer an accessible approach to complex ideas like animism, nonhuman people, technological relations, and global ecological devastation. This course puts anime in conversation with readings from indigenous studies, sociocultural anthropology, and environmental humanities, and feminist science and technology studies, in order to arrive at a more nuanced understanding of what we mean by "ecology."