Bodies, Feelings Selves

Schools of Public Engagement: Social Sciences

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Bodies, Feelings Selves

Spring 2020

Taught By: Aleksandra Wagner

Section: A

CRN: 6694

Credits: 3

Think about what is implied by the notion of deviant lifestyles: crime and punishment, stigma, and social control. By giving labels to those we imagine to be different than ourselves--describing some women as “promiscuous” or “hysterical,” by defining people as “witches” or “junkies,” by calling people names like “towelhead” or “slacker”--we all categorize the social field. Putting others in undesirable categories influences both our own personal and collective behavior and the behaviors and self-identities of those we label. In defining our norms, we also create their violations and inventing both the “character” of violators and their proper spaces, namely prisons, asylums, etc. In this course, students are expected to listen to people on both sides of certain labels, those described as deviants as well as those who call them deviant. This journey to and from both sides of the label enables us to examine critically the fine line between behaviors that all societies need to see as normal (and think about why) and those behaviors that fall outside of any reasonable definition of normality.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Social Sciences (NSOS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 22

Add/Drop Deadline: February 3, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 12, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*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: 12:06pm 4/5/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 618

Date Range: 1/23/2020 - 5/7/2020