Deane Hall

Sociology 192 / Anthropology 192

Extracurricular Departmental Activities (2 units)

Dr. Sarah Jirek, professor, Deane Hall 209, telephone: 805-565-6278

Course Description for SOC-192-1 and AN-192-1

DR. SARAH L. JIREK (sjirek@westmont.edu)

In order to enhance students’ abilities to link Christian faith, practice, and major study, as well as facilitate more department-wide conversation between students and faculty about commonly shared topics, students are required to attend a minimum of 26 hours of campus lectures, films, workshops, or department-sponsored events (e.g., Department Retreat, Brownbag Lunch, Field Experience Day) during their course of enrollment at Westmont. Students will be sent emails designating approved events throughout the academic year. Eligible activities will be determined by the instructor or the department chair. Student requests for any other activity (i.e., either on- or off-campus events) to “count” must have the prior approval of the instructor or the department chair for SOC/AN 192 credit to be accepted. No activity may receive credit for both an enrolled class and for SOC/AN 192.

Students will register for SOC/AN 192 during the semester in which they will complete the required 26 hours, normally during their senior year. Accruing hours for this requirement may begin as soon as students have declared as Sociology or Anthropology majors.

The final grade for the course will be based upon both the completion of the required 26 hours and the quality of your reflections. That is, if a student fulfills the 26 hour-requirement, but regularly submits responses that indicate a lack of thoughtfulness, the student will be assigned a final course grade that reflects that low quality of engagement.

After EACH event, students will answer the following questions and email the responses to Dr. Jirek (sjirek@westmont.edu):

(The response length should consist of one paragraph per question.)

1. What is the primary content or argument of the lecture, film, performance, exhibit, or panel you attended?

2. What is your response? Do you resonate with the material presented in this event? Or do you have difficulty identifying with its perspective and/or argument? Drawing upon sociological or anthropological theories and/or concepts you are familiar with, reflect upon what shapes your response to this event.

3. Discuss at least one new insight that you gain by applying a sociological or anthropological perspective, theory, or concept to your understanding of this event.

Upon completion of the 26 hours (minimum) required for SOC-192 / AN-192, students must submit a Final Reflective Paper to Dr. Jirek that addresses TWO of the following questions:

(The paper should be approximately 5 pages in length.  Incorporate your experiences, thoughts, reflections, etc. from at least THREE of the events you attended.)

1. Reflecting upon the range of events you attended, discuss how your exposure to these events has changed your awareness of the underlying social structures and realities that impact our individual actions.

2. Consider what these experiences have taught you about power. Most people dwell in systems of domination and subordination, privilege and oppression, without really thinking about them. Through the content of the presentations or in the presentations themselves, identify and discuss at least two ways in which you saw manifestations of power (or a relative lack thereof).

3. One of the primary purposes of SOC/AN 192 is to guide your development as a critical citizen—that is, a person who acts for the good of the larger community. How has applying sociological and/or anthropological thinking to these events shaped your notions of citizenship and your Christian faith?

For more information contact Dr. Sarah Jirek at 805-565-6278 or e-mail her: sjirek@westmont.edu

Dr. Sarah Jirek has an office in Deane Hall, room 209.

Office hours for Dr. Jirek

  • Wednesdays 3:15-5:15 pm
  • Fridays 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
  • and by appointment