Senior Seminar in Society, Culture, and Thought (SCT4750.01)

Noah Coburn, Carol Pal and John Hultgren

This advanced research seminar offers students the opportunity to conduct culminating work in Society, Culture and Thought (SCT) in the form of an independent research project. For most students, this will be a one-semester project. For other students, this will be the first half of a year-long project that involves fieldwork, archival research, and/or the collection of data. For all students, however, the process in these fourteen weeks is very similar, if not exactly the same: all students must conduct a detailed review of the scholarly literature that informs their inquiry, and must begin to situate themselves within that scholarly conversation as an independent voice. We will begin the course by reflecting on the nature of SCT-related disciplines (Anthropology, Environmental Studies, History, Philosophy, Political Economy, Politics, Psychology, Social Psychology), and what it means to conduct individual research in these various disciplines. Aside from shared readings, students will be largely focused on research and readings directly related to their individual projects. Writing will take place throughout the term, and students will receive feedback from the instructor, from classmates, and from a second-reader on the SCT faculty. Individual work in progress will be discussed and workshopped in class.

Note: There will be three different sections of this class, each meeting Monday afternoon; please see the faculty for more information.

Prerequisites: Permission of the student’s plan committee and submission of an approved research proposal; please see Noah Coburn for more information.
Credits: 4
M 2:10pm - 6:00pm
Maximum Enrollment: 15 per section
Course Frequency:
This course is categorized as 4000, All courses, Carol Pal, Four Credit, John Hultgren, Monday and/or Thursday Afternoons, Noah Coburn, SCT.