Deane Hall

Sociology 192 / Anthropology 192

Be sure to talk with your Sociology-Anthropology advisor regarding this requirement.

Extracurricular Departmental Activities (2 units)

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

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 26 hours of academic lectures, performances, films, performances, exhibits, or panels during their course of enrollment at Westmont. These events include department- sponsored activities (such as field experiences and the annual retreat).  Students will be sent emails designating approved events throughout the academic semester. Eligible activities will be determined by the listed professor or the dept. chair. Student requests must have the prior approval of the instructor or the dept. chair for SOC/ANTH192 credits to be accepted. No activity will receive both credit for an enrolled class and for SOC/ANTH192.

Students will register SOC/ANTH192 during the semester that they will complete the 26 hours required, normally during their senior year. Accruing hours for this requirement may begin as soon as students have declared as Sociology or Anthropology majors. Grading is based on both the number of activities attended and the quality of your reflections.

After EACH event, students must submit a brief reflective response via e-mail to Dr. Judy Alexandre that answers the following:

(The response length should consist of 1 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 on sociological or anthropological theories/concepts you are familiar with, reflect on what shapes your response to this event.

3. Discuss 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 required for SOC-192-1/AN-192-1, students must submit a Final Reflective Paper to Dr. Judy Alexandre that addresses TWO of the following questions:

(The paper should be approximately 5 pages in length)

1. Drawing on the range of presentations you've attended, explain how has your exposure to these events made you aware of the underlying social structures and realities that inform our individual actions?

2. Consider what this experience has taught you about power. Whether big power or little power, visible power or invisible power, most people dwell in systems of domination and subordination without really thinking about them. Through the content of the presentations or the presentations themselves, identify and discuss at least one obvious way you saw this power manifested and one less obvious way.

3. This experience is meant to guide your development as a critical citizen--one who acts for the good of the larger community. How has applying sociological thinking to these events shaped your notions of citizenship and your Christian faith?

For more information contact Dr. Alexandre at 805-565-6788 or e-mail her.

Dr. Judy Alexandre has an office in Deane Hall, room 109.

Office hours are Tuesdays from 12 noon until 3:30 pm and Thursdays from 1:15 until 3:45 pm during the school year.