Social Dimensions of Shame

Schools of Public Engagement: Social Sciences

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Social Dimensions of Shame

Fall 2018

Taught By: Aleksandra Wagner

Section: A

CRN: 6961

Credits: 3

Defined as both a psychological condition and a form of control, shame, an eminently social affect, presents a powerful lens for the investigation of social reality. One of the central forces in socialization, shame operates in arenas ranging from family to religion, politics, and law, as a reaction to the disapproving eye of an important Other. We consider how shame and shaming organize and regulate even those cultures commonly seen as guilt cultures (modern, Western, ours). We examine the dynamics that cause shame to be seen as itself deeply shameful, in need of correction and concealment. Our goal is to understand shame and its effects, from conformity to violence, in order to position them as a force capable of restructuring our relations to ourselves, as bodily, historical, and political beings, and to our communities. This course counts toward the Gender Studies minor.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Social Sciences (NSOS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 20

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 3:07pm 2/18/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 8:00pm - 9:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 601

Date Range: 8/29/2018 - 12/12/2018