The Individual in Society (SC 101D)
We like to think of ourselves as unique beings, but are we? To what extent are we products of our society, shaped by our social class, race/ethnicity, and gender? The focus of this course is on the relationship between individuals and the social world, particularly the ways in which humans interact, and how this interaction is affected by one’s position in the social structure. The pairing of this course with Writing provides students with the tools to understand patterns in people’s stories that illustrate the relationship between individual and society.
Dr. Barbara Vann came to Loyola in 1987 after receiving a Ph.D. in Sociology from The University of Arizona. Included among her activities through the years are co-coordinating the Gender Studies minor, directing Loyola’s Summer Program in Prague, advising many students and serving as co-moderator of SPECTRUM. Her current research focuses on Czechs’ stories about experiences under communism and post-communism, and what these stories tell us about the impact of communism on identity.
Politics and Society (PL 210)
How are we to make sense of the jangle of voices in the political arena? What’s really at stake between Right and Left? How to separate substance from spin, rational policy proposals from rhetorical posturing, democracy from demagoguery? The survival of healthy democracy depends upon answers to these sorts of questions.
In this course we will try to get some of those answers. Beginning with the ancient sources of political theory, we will trace conflicting views in classical thinkers like Hobbes and Marx, reading them in dialogue with contemporary commentators, in an effort to identify the underlying tensions that structure the social and political world in which we live.
Think of this course as a Survival Manual for the contemporary voter.
Dr. Richard Boothby took his B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University, a Masters degree in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Boston University. ¬His research interests focus on contemporary continental philosophy, with special attention to psychoanalytic theory and existential philosophy. When he’s not reading or writing, he enjoys playing squash and sailing the waters between Chesapeake and Maine.
Melissa Lees holds her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Students from Marywood University in Scranton, PA and her Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from The University of Dayton. Melissa moved to Baltimore in 2007 to work as a site director for an AmeriCorps program, of which she is an alumn. Melissa then worked for 6 years as Director of Campus Ministry and Service at Notre Dame of Maryland University. She also volunteers at TurnAround, Inc. which is Baltimore’s sexual assault and domestic violence crisis center. Melissa began at Loyola in September 2015 as the Sexual Violence Prevention, Education and Response Coordinator.