Course Schedule

Veranstaltungen von Prof. Dr. Anthony Waters


North American Studies Meets the Social Sciences (FSL) (Modul 2, Profil NAS) (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Lynette Kirschner, Anthony Waters

wöchentlich | Montag | 14:15 - 15:45 | 03.04.2023 - 07.07.2023 | C 5.310 Seminarraum

Inhalt: In this seminar we will study different societies in North America and the relationship between individuals within these societies. We will focus on diverse issues while employing different theories. The question of identity has always been part of North America. The confrontation between native peoples, waves of immigrants, and enslaved people have created a kaleidoscope of identities and relationships. This course uses sociological theories in combination with literature to describe these identities. What happens in an American ‘melting pot’ ? What does this tell us about North America? Students will read excerpts, short stories, blog posts from sociology and literature to discover identity in multicultural societies.

Cultures of Measurement (FSL) (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Anthony Waters

wöchentlich | Montag | 10:15 - 11:45 | 03.04.2023 - 07.07.2023 | C 12.111 Seminarraum

Inhalt: This course discusses how humans measure and compare each other. Discussed is the origin of the testing and ranking industries in the social sciences, and natural sciences. Underpinning this are ideas of rationalization, and calculability. The basic text for the seminar will be Steven Jay Gould, The Mismeasure of Man, but the traditions of Max Weber will also be referred to.