January 2022

The Social Construction of American Society

Listed in: , as EDST-201  |  American Studies, as AMST-201


Pawan H. Dhingra (Section 01J)


(Offered as AMST 201 and EDST 201) The goal of this course is to explain how our daily, social environment in the United States is constructed and shapes our lives. We will address such questions as why some succeed at school while others fail; what effect culture has on our behavior; why there are class, gender, and racial inequalities; how socialization takes place; and what role politics plays in our society. This course introduces students to these and other sociological topics as well as to dominant theories and methods used to make sense of such social phenomena. Students are encouraged to bring their own insights to class as we challenge common assumptions of these major issues that refer to all of us.

Limited to 18 students. January term. Professor Dhingra.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: emphasis on readings, exams, research, and writing. Students with documented disabilities who will require accommodations in this course should be in consultation with Accessibility Services and reach out to the faculty member as soon as possible to ensure that accommodations can be made in a timely manner.
AMST 201 - L/D

Section 01J


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2019, Spring 2020, January 2021, January 2022, Spring 2022